For many people, a traffic ticket for speeding is a frustrating and annoying inconvenience that results in the ticket being paid and forgotten. It is important to remember, however, that paying the ticket means you will be convicted of the offense and points will be assessed. A conviction on a speeding ticket is the worst possible result and can lead to more headaches later on.
In addition to possible insurance rate increases, certain speeding violations can result in the Department of Public Safety (DPS) adding points to a motorist’s driving record. If a person accumulates six points or more, then he or she may have to pay an annual surcharge or risk a driver’s license suspension.
Fort Worth Lawyer for Speeding Tickets
If you received a speeding ticket in Fort Worth or the surrounding areas in Tarrant County, then you should not waste any time in seeking legal representation. Townsend, Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC fights to get fines reduced or have tickets completely thrown out for clients in Arlington, Fort Worth, and many surrounding parts of Tarrant County.
Our Fort Worth speeding ticket attorneys also represent clients in Weatherford and additional communities in Parker County as well as the greater Cleburne area of Johnson County. You can receive a complete review of your case as soon as you call 817-502-3600 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
Overview of Speeding Tickets in Tarrant County
- What are the best defenses against a speeding ticket?
- Where are some of the places in Fort Worth people usually receive speeding tickets?
- Where can I learn more about traffic court in Tarrant County?
Some alleged offenders who want to contest their tickets attempt to represent themselves in court, but this can be a very risky proposition for a person with no legal background. For example, one of the most popular arguments that people espouse in court is that they were only going with the “flow of traffic.”
While the flow of traffic defense can be successful when it is presented as an act done for the safety of the alleged offender and other motorists on the highway, it frequently fails because the person attempting to invoke it essentially admits that he or she was speeding. In order to successfully beat a speeding ticket, it is in your best interest have an experienced lawyer who has a full understanding of the defense strategies that have been proven to work in court.
A few of the types of issues that an attorney may be able to use in these cases include, but are not limited to:
- Emergency Situation — A motorist may be able to get a speeding ticket dismissed if he or she can prove that a certain situation not of his or her fault forced him or her to speed up out of necessity for personal safety.
- Radar Gun Calibration — Whether a driver was clocked with a radar or laser gun, the device used to measure the speed of the alleged offender needs to be regularly calibrated. If the laser or radar gun was not calibrated within a certain timeframe, it can result in the ticket being thrown out.
- Lack of Notice — A motorist cannot reasonably be expected to obey a speed limit that he or she was not aware of. Especially in cases where speed limits drop suddenly, a driver can get the ticket dismissed if he or she can prove that the sign was obstructed by something like excess foliage.
- Presumption of Innocence — Texas is considered a “presumed” speed limit state. Texas Transportation Code § 545.352 states that a speed in excess of posted limits is considered “prima facie evidence that the speed is not reasonable and prudent and that the speed is unlawful.” While posted speed limits are presumptive legal speeds, a driver can feasibly argue that his or her speed was reasonable and prudent considering the safety of the weather, traffic, and road conditions at the time of the alleged offense.
- Wrong Vehicle — In some cases, it is not uncommon for a police officer to pull over one automobile when it was actually another similar make and model that was speeding.
A variety of areas in and around Fort Worth are frequent locations for police to pull over drivers for alleged speeding. In addition to the interstate and the United States highways that run through the city, some of the smaller local roads also have speed limit changes that deceive drivers and lead to tickets being issued.
Frontage roads (commonly referred to as access roads, service roads, or parallel roads) running alongside limited access highways are typically some of the most common locations for alleged speeding violations. Major highways (many of which have frontage roads) that pass through Fort Worth include:
- Interstate 30 (I-30);
- Interstate 20 (I-20);
- Interstate 35W (I-35W);
- Interstate 820 (I-820);
- U.S. Route 287 (U.S. 287);
- U.S. Route 377 (U.S. 377);
- Texas State Highway 114 (SH 114);
- Texas State Highway 121 (SH 121); and
- Texas State Highway 183 (SH 183).
East of Fort Worth, SH 121 and SH 183 are more commonly known as Airport Freeway. A few of the other common speeding ticket locations in Fort Worth include, but are not limited to:
- Boat Club Road;
- Brentwood Stair Road;
- Greenbelt Road;
- James Avenue;
- Randol Mill Road;
- South Hulen Street; and
- University Drive.
Several communities in the immediate Fort Worth vicinity are also notorious for issuing speeding tickets. A few of the surrounding areas that people frequently are pulled over for alleged speed limit violations include, but are not limited to:
- Haltom City;
- Hurst; and
Municipal Court | City of Fort Worth, Texas — The Municipal Court handles Fort Worth speeding ticket cases. On this website, you can pay a fine, review the rules of the court, and find additional court locations. You can also enter a not guilty plea and check to see whether you are eligible to receive deferred disposition (probation) or take a driving safety course.
Fort Worth Municipal Court
1000 Throckmorton Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Guide to Traffic Court | State Bar of Texas — This informational pamphlet prepared by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the State Bar of Texas helps people who have received speeding tickets understand their rights and options. You can learn what to expect in court, the additional consequences of a speeding ticket, and ways to reduce surcharges. The pamphlet also discusses eligibility for deferred adjudication and the driving safety course.
Find a Lawyer for Speeding Tickets in Fort Worth, TX
Did you receive a ticket for allegedly speeding in North Central Texas? Townsend, Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC can appear on your behalf in court and fight to get fines dramatically reduced or have the ticket completely dismissed.
Our Fort Worth criminal defense attorneys represent clients accused of various traffic offenses throughout Tarrant County, including Arlington and Fort Worth. Call 817-502-3600 or submit an online form right now to have our lawyers review your case during a completely free initial consultation.