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    Speeding Ticket - Going to Court

    A few days ago I received a speeding ticket for going 14mph over the speed limit. I can either pay the fine, or show up in court in a few months to contest the ticket. If I contest the ticket, my only hope is that the officer that gave me the ticket does not show up to provide testimony. If he does, my case would almost certainly be lost.

    Does anyone have any experience going to court to contest a speeding ticket? If so, what is the likelihood that the officer that gave me the ticket actually shows up to testify?



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    Re: Speeding Ticket - Going to Court

    since you asked, I think you should contest it. it might help if you are indignant and snotty about it.


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    Re: Speeding Ticket - Going to Court

    Quote Originally Posted by GoCubsGo View Post
    A few days ago I received a speeding ticket for going 14mph over the speed limit. I can either pay the fine, or show up in court in a few months to contest the ticket. If I contest the ticket, my only hope is that the officer that gave me the ticket does not show up to provide testimony. If he does, my case would almost certainly be lost.

    Does anyone have any experience going to court to contest a speeding ticket? If so, what is the likelihood that the officer that gave me the ticket actually shows up to testify?
    Ive heard many places now just make that a preliminary hearing, and if the cop does not show up, you are given a new date and the cop is notified you want to contest the ticket.



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    Re: Speeding Ticket - Going to Court

    Quote Originally Posted by GoCubsGo View Post
    A few days ago I received a speeding ticket for going 14mph over the speed limit. I can either pay the fine, or show up in court in a few months to contest the ticket. If I contest the ticket, my only hope is that the officer that gave me the ticket does not show up to provide testimony. If he does, my case would almost certainly be lost.

    Does anyone have any experience going to court to contest a speeding ticket? If so, what is the likelihood that the officer that gave me the ticket actually shows up to testify?

    All that is going to happen on that date is the judge is going to ask if you are guilty or not guilty. If you say not guilty, he/she will schedule another court date for you to plead your case. If you plead guilty, he/she will ask if you have the means to pay the ticket. Most of the time the judge will allow you to make payments if you can do that. The only risk you have is the judge will tack on more court costs.

    As for myself, I recently got 8 written warnings on top of a ticket for not having a front plate on my jeep in a single traffic stop. I was going to fight it, but it would cost me more time in lost wages to fight it rather than to just pay it. Gotta love our justice system.



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    Re: Speeding Ticket - Going to Court

    Like others have said, you're just going to stand in line and get to say guilty or not guilty. If you say not guilty, the cop will be notified and he will show up.

    just pay it.



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    Re: Speeding Ticket - Going to Court

    Quote Originally Posted by cjb1978 View Post
    All that is going to happen on that date is the judge is going to ask if you are guilty or not guilty. If you say not guilty, he/she will schedule another court date for you to plead your case. If you plead guilty, he/she will ask if you have the means to pay the ticket. Most of the time the judge will allow you to make payments if you can do that. The only risk you have is the judge will tack on more court costs.

    As for myself, I recently got 8 written warnings on top of a ticket for not having a front plate on my jeep in a single traffic stop. I was going to fight it, but it would cost me more time in lost wages to fight it rather than to just pay it. Gotta love our justice system.
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    Re: Speeding Ticket - Going to Court

    Just so that I understand this correctly, you're looking at how to best avoid the punishment for breaking the law? My lawyer, Dr. Gonzo, advises you take a lot of mescaline and enjoy the ride.


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    Re: Speeding Ticket - Going to Court

    I'm confused... You broke the law going 14 over, right? Then pay the ticket and learn to slow down. Not that hard. I would only fight it if you were in danger of losing your license.



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    Re: Speeding Ticket - Going to Court

    Quote Originally Posted by cloneswereall View Post
    Just so that I understand this correctly, you're looking at how to best avoid the punishment for breaking the law? My lawyer, Dr. Gonzo, advises you take a lot of mescaline and enjoy the ride.
    Quote Originally Posted by bellzisu View Post
    I'm confused... You broke the law going 14 over, right? Then pay the ticket and learn to slow down. Not that hard. I would only fight it if you were in danger of losing your license.
    I'm with these guys. Unless there is a reason that you shouldn't have gotten the ticket, I'm guessing the best thing to do is just pay the fine and be done with it.



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    Re: Speeding Ticket - Going to Court

    just pay the fine dont mess with the law. its a big joke



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    Re: Speeding Ticket - Going to Court

    Quote Originally Posted by cjb1978 View Post
    I was going to fight it, but it would cost me more time in lost wages to fight it rather than to just pay it. Gotta love our justice system.
    It's the justice system's fault that you were going to lose wages because you were going to fight your ticket? Would you like the courts to be open after hours? Quit crying.


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    Re: Speeding Ticket - Going to Court

    Quote Originally Posted by cjb1978 View Post
    As for myself, I recently got 8 written warnings on top of a ticket for not having a front plate on my jeep in a single traffic stop. I was going to fight it, but it would cost me more time in lost wages to fight it rather than to just pay it. Gotta love our justice system.
    Did your jeep have a front plate? If it did then you got screwed. If it didn't, it seems like the justice system worked. You did something wrong and paid the fine. I don't see what the issue is. Consider yourself lucky you only got warnings for the other 8 infractions.



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    Re: Speeding Ticket - Going to Court

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBeT4ptY9sY]YouTube - The Clash - I Fought The Law[/ame]

    take some advice from the clash



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    Re: Speeding Ticket - Going to Court

    I went to court and pleaded not guilty because they had me at 17 mph over when I was maybe 5-10 over and had my gf there to be a witness with me. Then they sat a hearing date. A couple days before that they called and asked if I was reduce from 17 mph over to 10 mph over. I agreed to that since the fine was much smaller.

    I'd definitely take it to court if you have a fleixble schedule. the WORST that could happen is you pay for the 14 mph over.


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    Re: Speeding Ticket - Going to Court

    See if you can get in a speeding class. I got ticketed at 23 over when I was 16, I paid 50 some bucks to get into the STOP class and the ticket was removed from my record as long as I didn't get another in 3 years and it was much cheaper than the ticket. Also, learn to slow down, best thing I learned from the whole thing.



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