In Texas, a speeding ticket will result in the loss of two points on your driver's license. If you lose 6 points or more, you will be required to pay a surcharge each year until your points are renewed. Because fines associated with speeding tickets and this surcharge can be quite significant, it benefits the Texas driver to eliminate speeding tickets from their record. Fortunately, the state of Texas offers a number of options to eliminate speeding tickets.
Check with the court clerk in the county where the speeding ticket was issued to see whether you can enroll in a defensive driving course. In many cases, the successful completion of a defensive driving course will remove the ticket from your record, eliminating the ticket fine and any adverse impact the ticket would have on your auto insurance rates; however, the courses are not free. Generally, the offender will have 90 days after the issuance of the speeding ticket to complete the defensive driving course. Defensive driving courses are offered in-person and online throughout Texas. The clerk of the court will have information about courses in your area.
Request deferred adjudication from the court. In some instances, the court will grant a request that the moving traffic violation be deferred. This means that the offender will accept probation in place of punishment for the traffic violation. If the offender completes one year of probation without incurring another moving traffic violation in the state of Texas, the original violation will not appear on their record. If you pursue this option, it is probably best to retain an attorney.
Contest your ticket. If you believe that the speeding ticket has been wrongfully issued, you may contest it in court by entering a plea of not guilty. Your court date and violation will be on the speeding ticket. Consult the ticket for the statute which you allegedly violated and look up that statute. Once you have read the statute, develop an argument about why you have not violated the language of the law and present that argument to the judge on the day of your hearing. Generally, it is not necessary to hire an attorney for a minor traffic violation such as speeding.