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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-22-2008, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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I got my first speeding ticket... What do I do?

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Its been a while since I've posted here, but yes... I'm still alive.

Anyhow.. as you can tell by the title I got a speeding ticket, and I have no clue what so ever on how to handle this thing... especially in court. Now, I'd really like to keep this off my permanent record. I've had some suggestion from my friends over here, but I'd love to here from you guys.

I got cited monday for aggrevated speeding and I have a court date Thursday. I plan on going to court tommorow to sit and observe the whole process because this whole civil court process is greek to me!

Any advice is welcome!

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If you are guilty (you already know the answer to that) then you should man up and accept the consequences. Keep in mind, Judges have heard every excuse at least 100 times, so don't think they'll take a liking to you for any reason.

That being said, you may be able to cut a deal. If you haven't done an MSF course, you may see if they'll let the ticket slide in return for you taking the MSF. I know in AZ you can take a defensive driving course to avoid the points and fine of a ticket once every 2 years. See if they're open to negotiation. Or get a lawyer.

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cutting a deal is what I'm going for, but how do I go about that?

I dont mind paying any fine or fees, I just want to keep my record clean.

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That's actually a good question. I know a friend talked to a court clerk to have his date moved to gather evidence and bargained with her, ultimately paying a fine and having nothing on his record. The point is, perhaps talking with the clerk would be a possibility.

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Let's have more details. If you got a ticket Monday and have to appear in court on Thurs., you did something bad, didn't you? Is it an arraignment? Call the court clerk and find out what the fine is if you just plead no contest. You probably want to call a lawyer and discuss it. The points/fines/ins. premiums you save may be more than enough to offset the cost of the lawyer.

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The clerk or prosecutor is who you need to talk to. If they can't get it done, they can at least direct you to who can.

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First call the court clerk and see what options are available to you. Explain that you goofed and made an error in judgement and would like to keep it off your permanent record. If its your first offense, it could be dismissed outright (but probably not with aggravated speeding), or they may make you take a class, of give you probation period during which you cant get caught speeding. If they aren't being helpful, stall. Apply for an extension, then another and another, and get a lawyer. The lawyer will stall for as long as he can too. The more time has passed since the offense, the weaker the case against you, since the officers word is not going to be worth as much a year down the line. And the prosecutor will want to clear the matter up instead of having it hand forever.

But whats all this about having to appear in court the same week?



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But whats all this about having to appear in court the same week?
Methinks somebody messed up big time.

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