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Discussion in 'Exploring everything under the sun!!' started by jonny 5, September 21, 2002.

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    1. jonny 5

      jonny 5 Active Member

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      Got a ticket for doing 40 in a 30. I was actually doing 43 but he knocked it down to 40 so I wouldn't have to pay $205!!! I still have to pay the minumum of $75. Should I fight it or just pay? It goes on record right? If I win in court does it still go on record? I'm 18, one accident (not at fault), don't drink, don't smoke and I I need the money.
       
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    3. Robb

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      It may depend on your locality. In some places, your first speeding ticket may only give you driving school. The only way to know is to ask around. If driving school is popular in your local, I would go to court to see if you can get it.

      Why would you win (be found not quilty) in your case? Is there any basis to fight it?

      Robb
       
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      Pay the fine ( you did do the crime ) and then do drivers school and get points purged from record.

      Good luck....
       
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      some places dont give points..... he may not have any...
       
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      Yeah, I wouldn't fight it unless you had a good case of why you shouldn't get the ticket. It would just waste more money any time if you went to court.
       
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      If you can just pay the minimum and take defensive driving. I've found the DD tapes and internet questions from Blockbuster are ok to use.

      And just don't get a ticket within a year :)
       
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      The thing is, if I fight it, does anything go against me for fighting it? The court time is 5:30 and it's only 25 minutes from campus so it's not a hassle at all. I never speed really over the limit, usually just a couple- 7/8 over depending on the conditions. I was going about the same speed as everyone else, he just singled me out.
       
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      Is that the basis of your argument? When the judge asks you how you plea and you say "Not Guilty", then the judge asks "What is the basis of your defense?" Is that what you are going to say?

      I am not being rude or anything here, I am just wondering what you are thinking of fighting against.

      Nothing goes against you if you do argue and are found guilty, except any "favors" the judge would have offered, like driving school, would prolly be thrown out the window.

      Robb
       
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      So is that the speed people usually do down that street? Cause you said you were going the same speed as everyone else, so you were technically flowing with traffic..... so you could use that.
       
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      A friend of mine is a State Trooper and he said that you should always plead NOT GUILTY and sign NO for a supporting deposition. Do NOT get a lawyer, that only makes it worse. 9 times out of 10 he reduces it. Just go dressed nice and show a lot of respect to everyone there. You will be able to talk to him before you go before the judge. Let him talk first. If he seems cool and doesnt offer to reduce it, ask him nicely if there is anything you can work out to get this reduced. Don't stand there and say, Well, I was going the same speed as everyone else so I dont know why you picked me... or... I wasnt going 40 or whatever. After you ask him you will be able to tell what the answer is before he even says anything, but he will most likely say something like, I'm willing to reduce this to an 11-10A (some sort of minimal violation that doesnt give you points, not sure exactly what it is but it is commonly used when reducing speeding tickets) if you are willing to drive a little more carful.

      Good luck! Let us know how you make out.
       
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      When I took a driver training course, the instructor, who is a retired cop said that the "correct" speed is the flow of traffic, because if you aren't flowing with traffic you could be a road hazard. If everyone is going 15 over the speed limit, and you are going the speed limit, it can cause problems if someone doesn't see how slow you are going, especially at night.
       
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      Go to court. Do exactly what 98FordX24 said.

      If you ever get a ticket, no matter what the offense, it's always worth it to take it to court.

      Also, there are a couple books out there that will help you out and tell you what to do. Just look in the automotive section at Barnes & Noble or whatever, you might find one. I see them there sometimes. I got one for myself when I had to go to court, and I was going to tell you what it was so you could order it, but I can't seem to find it right now.

      But yeah, moral of this post: Go to court
       
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      Thanks everyone!
       

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