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I got a $190 ticket at the beginning of September while driving my mom's car; I was helping my parents move. I was doing 58 in a 40 (no posted limit), I didn't have my liscense on me, and I couldn't find my mom's registration. I had my court appointment yesterday (on my birthday no less
) with a court officer, and a police officer from the town where I got the ticket (not the officer who issued it). After hearing my case, the court officer took off the no liscense/no registragion charges, and reduced the speeding charge to 48 in a 40, putting me in a lower points bracket. He reduce the fine to $75. He then offered me the option of accepting this reduced violation, or appealing it in front of the judge and the officer who issued the ticket. The catch is, I would have been facing the entire $190 ticket with all three charges again. I opted to pay the $75 fine. This will add a point or two on my insurance. This was my first ticket, and my insurance just went down for safe driving. So my question is, did I make out ok, or should I have fought the charge further? The road I was on was a relatively rural one, but I was hauling @ss. Thankfully, the cop hadn't seen the illegal pass I had made 15 seconds prior http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif. He had me on radar from 1/4 mile away on a straight road. I wouldn't have been able to afford a traffic lawer, and I've never appeared in court before, so I would have been defending myself. Did I make the right choice?
 

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Absolutely.
That was probably the best you could have hoped for in court too. Plea no contest & put yourself at the mercy of the court
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I got a similar deal for my first (and last) ticket from the judge in court. He said I seemed like a good kid & told me to slow the heck down.
 

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If its your first ticket.. you should have an option for traffic school..that way you wont get a point on you driving record.. that's the way it is in california anyways.. I'd have done the same thing.. going to court and fighting the ticket is a pain.. you got off easy... 75 bux is nothing.. of the 9 years I've been driving.. I've already paid close to $7000 in traffic fines, impounds and 2 years suspended liscense. I think I've gotten every ticket possible. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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quote:[HR][/HR].. of the 9 years I've been driving.. I've already paid close to $7000 in traffic fines, impounds and 2 years suspended liscense. I think I've gotten every ticket possible. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
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Damn, ever thought of investing in a good radar detector or dating a cop's daughter?
 

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quote:[HR][/HR]Damn, ever thought of investing in a good radar detector or dating a cop's daughter?
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Funny thing is only one of those was a speeding ticket.. I have no accidents on my record.. and 14 points at one time.. I'd say 90% of those tickets were due to racial profiling.

Oh yeah.. the grand total would have been $10000, but I opted to stay in jail for a $3000 fine for 3 weeks. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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quote:[HR][/HR]If its your first ticket.. you should have an option for traffic school..that way you wont get a point on you driving record.[HR][/HR]​

I'm trying to find out about that. The cop and court officer said points were a registry/insurance issue, and that they had no idea how they worked.
 
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