Knock on wood.
I'm doing that right now. Because I have never gotten a speeding ticket ever. (And if you've ever been in the car with me, you know precisely why, but I beg you to refrain from using words like "slow poke" and "grandmother". Let's just call it "cautious driving.")
My dad told me he got a speeding ticket the other day and intends on going to court to fight it.
When I asked him the particulars, he only said that he was in a rush because he was running late. He then says: "I'm going to plead not guilty because I was rushing to get to choir practice. I was late for a church event, and that's why I was speeding."
OK, first of all, if you're going to ever use the phrase "not guilty", I would recommend not also admitting to the crime in the same sentence. The crime here being SPEEDING, and I would think that whatever you were late for (an appointment, school, work, God, whatever), SPEEDING is SPEEDING.
We proceeded to get into a debate about his proposed defense strategy, where he eventually said, "Well, yes I was speeding, but I didn't have malicious intent."
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Ok, I must pause right here to tell you a little bit about my dad. He used to teach English lit, so he has a handle on fancy-speak, but before that, he used to be in law school. This fact occasionally comes up as an excuse for why he likes to debate, or when he insists on winning a pretty ridiculous argument (like this one.) At which point, I like to remind him that he used to be in law school. Used to.
Come on, dad!
I've (knock on wood) never had to fight a speeding ticket, but I am pretty sure his defense strategy is pretty weak, right? Admitting he was speeding, but it not being the same as other kinds of speeding because it lacked malicious intent. And despite breaking this law, it's a forgiveable infraction because he was on his way to help God out?
Anybody else successfully fight a speeding ticket that could PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE share some much-needed advice?
And don't worry, my dad won't see this. He also likes to openly admit that he actively supports my blogging by not ever reading it.