In Reply to: Re: HELP!!! Got speeding ticket. (more) posted by JL on October 10, 1999 at 11:49:08:
Don't know where 'around here' is, but here in NJ it's best to fight it. Cops ALWAYS show up in my experience. They aren't paid xtra near me--but they are given a 'court shift' where they spend the day in court. (a regular duty shift--no overtime, they sit and revue reports...) All of that officer's tickets are presented on the same day. I've fought every ticket I've ever gotten. (Except one out of state.) I was clearly guilty in most of them. All of them were reduced--some of them reduced to no-point offenses. It is standard NJ traffic court practice for the prosecuter to offer a plea. In NJ that usually means going from a 4pt. to a 2pt. ticket, or a 2pt. to a zero point ticket. The court is mostly concerned about money+time. They want to get things done quickly while bringing in the highest revenue. (I saw one person plea to a $24 ticket only to pay an additional $24 in court fees.) In cases where I have gotten off with no points, the fine was much higher than the regular speeding fine. Sitting around for 2-4 hours is standard at most traffic courts.