When writing a sample plea letter to a judge for a speeding ticket or any sort of leniency, it is important to keep in mind three simple rules:
First, do not make any excuses for your crime. The last thing a judge wants to read is your reason for why the crime was justifiable. While you should briefly describe the circumstances behind the incident, you want to be as honest and sincere as possible.
Second, you want to generate sympathy from the judge and the only way you will be able to establish this is if the judge gets a better understanding of who you are as a person. Discuss some of your positive attributes and make sure to provide specific details and examples. Instead of just listing adjectives, talk about some of your achievements and goals in life. But remember to do so with prudence. Keep in mind that you want to be straight to the point and avoid giving the judge your whole life story.
Lastly, you want to discuss in your letter how the fine, penalty or conviction will affect your life. If you are a poor college student struggling to pay tuition, an expensive fine from a speeding ticket would definitely be a hurdle. Keep in mind, a judge will be most sympathetic to an individual who has committed a first time offense that did not harm another individual. Often times, in such cases, the judge may deem that the punishment will be more detrimental in the long-run and as a result, possibly let you off with a stiff warning.
Example of a Plea Letter To A Judge Asking for Leniency for Speeding
Dear Honorable Judge Smith,
I received a ticket in the city of Boston on October 14, 2014. I was on the main road with my father on our way to Worcester for a job interview when I was stopped for driving at a speed of 45 MPH in a 30 MPH zone.
I assumed I had reached the section of the arterial in which the velocity’s threshold rises to 45 MPH; nonetheless, I made a mistake and for that I am truly sorry. This is my very first speeding ticket throughout my entire four years of driving.
I am a young driver and my mother is courteous enough to include me in her insurance, and I wholeheartedly do intend on attending traffic school in order to take the offense off from my license. In spite of this, I cannot afford the fine and what this ticket might do to the insurance.
I am presently a part-time undergraduate student at the Northeastern Massachusetts College of Art and Design and my scholarship was withdrawn this semester due to the institution’s financial difficulties. Furthermore, I am working 5 days a week at the Dim Summit restaurant, located in the southern part of town, in order to make ends meet.
I hereby ask for a waiver trial where I can plead my case or a reduction of the fine. Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope to hear from you soon.