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Got my first ticket...

Well I was being a total dumbass and speeding on a deserted stretch of highway yesterday and a cop was sitting under a highway overpass. Anyway got nailed doing 75 in a 55, but the cop bumped it down to 65 in a 55. The ticket is for $120

Now since this is my first ticket I have some questions. Should I just pay it, or attempt to fight it? If I plead guilty does my insurance go up or do I need a couple more? Any help would be appreciated


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Re: Got my first ticket...

Fight it, he put it at 65 in a 55, you can easily say you didn't realize and you never have done this before, you're a good driver blah blah blah... if he says, well it was actually 75, they are gonna look at him and be like wait, you lied? LOL

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Just pay it. You won't win it, you'll just waist a bunch of time. Did he clock you with his radar?


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Re: Got my first ticket...

just ask for lenience, where it's only a fine, and no points.

i mean it is your first ticket.

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[quote author=small town king link=topic=105249.msg2141354#msg2141354 date=1205262228]
just ask for lenience, where it's only a fine, and no points.

i mean it is your first ticket.
[/quote]

saves you on the insurance.


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Re: Got my first ticket...

ive gotten a ticket or 2 before...

id say fight it. get there like 20-30 mins before the court time and try and catch the cop before he goes in and explain to him that your parents reemed you out and you got in a ton of trouble and stuff (this is all assuming your around that age) when i got my first ticket when i was 18 thats why I did...he dropped it from 28 over to 15 or somethign...I forget.


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Re: Got my first ticket...

yeah with radar

[quote author=aps11090 link=topic=105249.msg2141336#msg2141336 date=1205261914]
Congrats on first ticket!!! welcome to the club!
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thanks haha

[quote author=small town king link=topic=105249.msg2141354#msg2141354 date=1205262228]
just ask for lenience, where it's only a fine, and no points.

i mean it is your first ticket.
[/quote]

how do I do that?

[quote author=kj442 link=topic=105249.msg2141359#msg2141359 date=1205262301]
ive gotten a ticket or 2 before...

id say fight it. get there like 20-30 mins before the court time and try and catch the cop before he goes in and explain to him that your parents reemed you out and you got in a ton of trouble and stuff (this is all assuming your around that age) when i got my first ticket when i was 18 thats why I did...he dropped it from 28 over to 15 or somethign...I forget.
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well i'm 21 so i dont know if that would work


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Re: Got my first ticket...

I'd say just pay it. You know you were speeding and the guy already gave you a break. It'd be bad karma to try and sneak your way out of it. If I were the cop who gave you a break only to be dragged into a court day I'd be furious and I'd correct the ticket to the actual 20 over limit (not sure if they can do that.. probably not, but I'd want to).

Having said that, do you get any points on your driving record for 10 over? My general rule of thumb is: if you get a fine with no points, pay it and move on. But if you're going to get points, fight it to get it knocked down to a level where no points will go on your record.

AFAIK insurance companies have independent rules and tolerances for what they'll turn a blind eye to before raising your rates. Best to check with them directly.
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just dispute it, and when you get to court just be like. it's my first ticket, i am asking for traffic court or lenience.

i forget what the technical term is, but it's where youpay the fine, and don't have any points....

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If you broke the law, pay the fine. Don't waste people's time that go to court to for a reason

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