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Help! First speeding ticket ever. I'm going to go to court what should I expect....say.....?

I am a courier, time/driving is my job. In a moment of stupidity I sped up to pass a truck knowing it would be going slow up a grade for some distance shortly. My last ticket was a PARKING ticket in 2003 then failure to yield right of way 1998 ( not even a fender bender...more like a scratch and sniff LOL). Yet this could ruin me not only in future jobs but financially. At present I bring home $600 a month. There is NO money to pay this ticket. I am terrified. If I go to court is there any hope for all this to ?go away?? How do I make that happen? Help, anybody, everybody ?

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Did they get you on radar or a camera? I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but chances are slim of you getting out of it. 8(

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Radar.....ya think the judge could understand ?
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Maybe, I hope he does. It's hard times for everyone, including the city. :(
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Oh yeh
the BUDGET
Crap
Don't enough people just mail it in to count ???
LMAO
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Well you just have to relax and dont be scared and just say the true

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I'll give ya your first thumb up for paying attention to my plea and being kind enough to answer first. I am not the kind to relax, I know I will cry then as I am crying now, and the truth is I was speeding at that moment.
Thank you
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if your driving record is clear, take that. my brother has gotten off on tickets twice because his driving record was clear

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Thank you
I am hoping to bring my driving record with me. I know the judge won't know unless I do.
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dont admit your guilty.there was a video on youtube in which a man(lawyer or detective or something) was teaching a class and he said its best if the person doesn't admit his/her guilt.but it could be different in your case.just check it out on youtube.

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That's an interesting idea.
I'm the first to say Ooooops I made a mistake.
How would I look up a search for this on Youtube ?
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Dress fancy

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LoL
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Even "dressed fancy" I'm no one who could pull that off but...
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Don't freak out about it.
You just explain what happened and whatever and see if they let you off. May just make you take a class or something.

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That's interesting
But would that make the ticket/record go away ?
That's really what would make my fears go away.
Raised insurance policy I would carry forever.
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most of the time taking a drivers safety class will get it knocked off your record the first time, and in that case yiur insurance will not go up..... also unless youve had more than 2 tickets in 6 months your insurance shouldnt go up.
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Wow Guss !!!!!
You should have put that in the answers !!!!!!
Best piece of hope yet
Do I have to go to court to make this happen ????
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SHoot
I am soooo upset I didn't even recognize Brooke and you as friends
Sorry about that
What others may take as an everyday thing has actually rocked my world
Thanks both of you
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yes you still have to go to court unless the letter you were sent mentioned driving school and as a side note you can ask the judge if he can assign you traffic school instead, it might work out better than you planned.
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doesnt mean you can green an old duck, lol
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I was sent nothing....Just happened 3:40pm today. Home from work 5:10.
That's why so "raw". Still stunned.
I'd have greened ya given the chance
Thanks Gus, Brooke
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Traffic not driving traffic not driving
OK
got it
Hope to implement it
Have a good evening
Thanks again
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Well Gus covered it all...
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Yes he did Brooke
You helped too
Thx
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Your welcome.
Wish you the best of luck!
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Here in California we can take an on-line driving class in lieu of going to court and the ticket doesn't show up on the driver's record, but the fine still has to be paid. Maybe this is available where you live.
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Thanks Trish
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just relax dont lie to the judge, explain about your situation, then ask him if you can do community service..... most judges understand people are in tight spots, you may get the help you seek.

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Oh
There's your green
Dang
Being plenty weird tonight.
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tonight?.... im always weird, but i always give sincere. answers
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NO NO NO
I'M BEING WEIRD
Your being terrific !!!!!!
You've done a great job and obviously, I'm being weird, cause I have missed expressing that to you.
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Hi Terradoxy - I think all you can do is explain the stuation to the judge and hope you get a good one.

I think it's pretty usual that if you go to court, you'll get a smaller fine.

Be sure to mention you're a professional driver, and your income is very limited. If you weren't going too much above the limit you shouldn't be dinged too badly.

Very best of luck - what a pain, eh?

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68 in 55 ????

It's the hope......Gloom despair and .....If it weren't for bad luck......
I know I'll cry.
I know that I have to write down what I want to say cause I will be "shook up"
Helllll, terrified.
Crying (I know me)
I hope to present my record for him cause I know he don't know me from s...t
Are these pluses or minuses ????
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Waldorff, sometimes when you come along, I can just see your avatar and feel like: whew... the voice of reason is here & all is well. Crazy, I know, but you're so pragmatic that it's become a Pavlovian response.
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Wald is a take it or leave it guy
I accept that.
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Thank you Raleigh - I really appreciate that.

Terradoxy, I think the more you come across as a scared woman, the better things will go.

Judges are people, and hopefully they have the capacity for sympathy too.

When's your court date? I'll be thinking of you.
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Here's a ray of hope. Your decision to go to court can easily turn out in your favor. In traffic court the police-person who gave you the ticket must appear in person to support the merits of the ticket, and most of the time they don't show up, the judge then dismisses the case for cause. You might walk out of there without the fine.
I have not done this myself but my ex is a policeman, he never went to court for a simple speeding ticket. So finger's crossed and knock on wood, and make a good impression on that judge. Good Luck!

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Thanks Trish

The only other time I went to court for speeding I was 15 the officer showed up
Second time in ''77 the officer showed up but the judge was nice court fee only.
Not holding my breath on this one. LOL
This guy actually threatened me with "I'll check the "construction zone" box if you ask for a warning." There was some in the area if he wanted to that card.
He ENJOYED the ticket.
I worry about crying.....I know I will cry....
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Then give yourself permission to cry, sweetie, now, so you won't have to invest precious concentration on trying not to knowing you will anyway. Believe me, don't fight the inevitable, save your mind for the event at hand. And wow, the cops where you live are brutal!
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Hi Terra!
I honestly don't know where to begin, so I guess I'll just start. Seatrish, seems to give you the most realistic answer in your situation. At the same time, where do you live? Knowing where you live will help us help you A LOT more.
On the subject of being nervous and crying, yeah you have every right to be nervous, you have every right to cry your eyes out. Seeing how your job depends on it, and your financial future. Know this, the cops that wright tickets, the judge, the bailiff, and everyone else is use to being in court. People like you and I are terrified. Those people could care less!
So be nervous, but if you can, when it's 'go' time, keep your composure.
That's if you can. I need more details on what exactly is going on with your specific case. Did you plead not guilty, is that why your on the calendar and going to court? What state are you in? Can you reschedule for a later time? Please let me know. I'd like to be more help. You could walk away Scott free.

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I was going to write down what I wanted to say. I can talk straight with the words in front of me. The tears will happen even with composure. I know me.
I only signed the ticket. In Texas, like receipt, no guilty.
I am guilty.
Saying otherwise I don't think I can pull off. Lousy lier. Don't want to be a good one.
I hope that one moment of stupid proved by previous good record and situation can be overlooked
I still need the court date to be set and hope to get driving record to take with me.


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Okay, thanks for the info. Really. It's good to know where you stand on the guilty/not guilty. I'm in California. The only time I can think of, that we go to court is if we plead 'not guilty'. Otherwise we're just expected to pay the fine. And, the only way to get it off of our record, is if we pay then go to traffic school for the first offense. I've beaten several speeding tickets before and one, running a stop sign ticket. All because the cops never showed up. I may have been speeding in the cases where I got tickets. But they were cops that were in a speed trap type scenario. I think that's a flagrant misuse of justice, so I fought it, and won.
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I think u should take TL's advice since you don't feel it's right to plead not guilty.
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Thank you thank you
Ynp's page talks about a "no contest"
Which sounds good.
But words can be tricky
And what they say you can do and actually getting it done.....
Sometimes I need to be led by the nose like any stubborn bull to actually understand.
I still may need to ask some "dumb" questions.
LOL
Thank you Former
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I hate that I missed this answer before FG departed ask...so I could have called him out on being a fake.
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Fight it. You live in my home...talk to the DA before court time...explain your situation & stress that driving is YOUR LIVELIHOOD and this ticket could cost you your only source of income...at this point, tears are acceptable...just don't snot all over his expensive suit. He may (and should) offer that thing where they make it look like you got a ticket for a non moving offense (like expired registration). You'll still have a fee to pay, but our great state takes payments and I promise you...if you need help paying it, my first paycheck is yours...you just let me know.

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Came home hit my stash of beer seemed like a good time to drag it out but you are now dealing with the result. LOL
DA ??? What DA where ??? How ??? I know what a DA is but.....doesn't he have better things to do than traffic tickets ?????
I'll bring tissue
I am not the type to boooo hooooo, but tears flow, face screws up all over the place, and head and eyes go down... then back up ( I have learned to bring them back up. I am not ashamed of who I am, just what I have done ).
The pay check
WEll....that brings the tears too.
Even head down BUT back up
Thank you
I just want the whole thing to disappear.
I thought of you as I went around that truck and said what I had done and why in my question.
I didn't hate the truck, just wanted around it. LoL


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Hey...I'm the first to admit that being behind one of us as we poke poke poke up a hill is TORTURE!!! I hate getting stuck behind one that is having to slow down more than I do...cuz then I have to slow down to his speed...just when I was about to zip on up the hill lol.
In Tyler, when you go to traffic court the DA is there & will meet with you before hand. If he works out a deal, he takes his recommendation to the judge (who usually signs it) and the problem is solved. Here's what you need to keep in mind...being that career change you & I have been talking about mixed with the CSA 2010 (you'll learn more about that later) and the way the court has of looking at CDL holders differently. A moving violation will be classified as a serious offense or a disqualifying offense...either one of those will prohibit you from doing what you are wanting to do for another 3 years. This is a trucker rule...fight EVERY ticket...even if you did deserve it. You've got a clean MVR...that is worth something...trust me. You really need to try and keep it clean...besides the ticket, think about your insurance premiums...AND YOUR JOB! Come on sister...buck up & fight this! Now let me hear you growl!!! And I'll get with you in email world to get the info needed to send you what you need for the fines.
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I know in my state I went to the court and spoke with the court lawyer on duty. There was a tiny exception where I could basically have one ticket erased. Only one. They went ahead and erased it off my record. It wasn't a terrible speeding fine. I think 8 miles over and not in a school zone. See if you can apply something like that. We have the Traffic court DAs that we can talk to for free in the traffic court building. Go before your court date and see what you can do. If a policeman gave it, absolutely go to court. If the policeman doesn't show the case is dropped. Plus, just speaking you mind and saying what happened can always give you the chance to have the judge lower the charge. I also had a speeding ticket turned into a no seatbelt ticket ( I was wearing one but it is a lesser fine) just by going and talking one of the assistant traffic court DAs. So, showing up to court gives you a much better chance of the charge being dropped. Be prepared though, You have to pay some If not all of the fine that night.

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well , where can i start, well, if i where you, i would fight the ticket , and admitt to the judge, you where wrong for what you did, and say to the judge times are rough, and ask the judge if she/ he can let you off the ticket, because it is the first time. where im from Canada you either have to pay the ticket or you don't, there are no fee's, but i don't know how it works in the united states. you could pay the ticket, once you renew your insurance, but the ticket amount, could go up, that's what i do, because i have a year to pay it, lol. how much is the ticket anyway ?

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