In Reply to: Re: HELP!!! Got speeding ticket. (more) posted by Gilbert on October 10, 1999 at 10:14:29:
: Fight every ticket in court. You'll probably get it reduced, and there is a slight potential to get it thrown out. Here in NJ your insurance goes up a bit (haven't had a ticket in years--so I'm not sure) Remember it being close to $300/yr. Then NJ DMV slaps you with an extra $100 surcharge as well.
: Next time pay more attention--and buy a radar detector.
Actually, if you were clearly guilty, fighting the ticket can be a big gamble. Sure, you could get it thrown out if the officer doesn't show up in court. OTOH, if he does (and around here, they get paid extra for sitting on their asses in court) and the judge finds in favor of the officer, you can be penalized far more than you would have had you just paid the ticket.
This recently happened to a friend of mine. He thought he had a reasonable chance of getting off, so he contested the ticket. Ended up with a bigger fine, and mandatory 12-hour driving school.
I've only contested a ticket once when the ticket was entirely bogus (failure to stop at a 'red light' that was actually a green right turn arrow. I showed up at court with a stack of pictures of the intersection. When my case was heard (after 2 hours of waiting through other people explaining why it was ok for them to park in handicapped spaces or that they really weren't speeding, and all being found guilty) the cop immediately moved to dismiss my ticket. I never even got to show the judge the pictures.
I really believe the cop pulled me over to go fishing. It was around half way through the month of my birthday and I hadn't renewed my tag yet. He thought he'd get me on an expired tag...but my birthday is at the end of the month. He did get me on not having my current address on my license (still had parents address). I think the moving violation was just so he'd have an excuse for having pulled me over.