[quote author=G-MAN link=topic=64241.msg1102069#msg1102069 date=1165531646]
Yep, going to traffic court. Got nailed at three in the mourning doing 51 in a 25. Second speeding ticket in a year with an additional ticket for following to closely. Never been to court, any suggestions? I can not afford a lawyer and I am going to plead guilty, do you think they will pull my license? Damn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
looks like your second offense within a year could carry a fine up to $250 and 30 days in jail, and is a 4th degree misdemeanor. I could be reading that wrong, however. You'll probably just get a fine, points, and maybe traffic school.
You were going OVER twice the posted speed limit, though. In some states, that's reckless driving which can be up to a class-1 misdemeanor and have some serious penalties. You're lucky to be in Ohio, which doesn't have a set threshold for "reckless driving".
What was the specific charge listed on your ticket? It will likely also tell you the actual # of the law you violated, which you can then look up to find out exactly what you're facing.
#1: DO NOT Plead Guilty, Plead NO CONTEST - If you plead no contest they will find you guilty anyways but pleading no contest means you DO NOT admit to doing it, and that ticket CANNOT be held against you in court of law.
sort of. It's still a conviction, and CAN be used against you in future court proceedings. The only thing it protects you from is any liability that would have come with admitting that you were speeding.
So if you go out next week and do this again, they can say "you were convicted of speeding last week, so we're going to give you a bigger penalty." It CAN'T be used against you in a civil case concerning the same issue.
In other words, if OJ had pleaded no contest they would have convicted him for murder, but when the family sued his ass they couldn't say "he admitted that he did it", they would have had to prove it all over again. If he had pleaded not guilty, they could have used that as an admission that he did it.