In Reply to: Help. I see the judge tommorow morning (more)... posted by Surferdog on March 31, 1999 at 17:02:05:
Texas law here; dunno about CA. I got a ticket last summer; similar insurance situation. Got an attorney (traffic specialist -- look in the phone book). Paid a flat fee of ~$200. 6 months later, it got to court, and I received a "deferred judgement" which basically means that if I don't get another ticket in the ensuing 6 month period, the case will be dismissed. Will cost another $50 in court fees, but $250 was worth it to keep my record clean for insurance.
Not sure what the overall success rate is obtaining deferrals, but my impression is that it's pretty high. If you've got a decent sounding story, and you clearly articulate all the details of the ticket (you got one, cop wrote 500...), I can imagine most judges (their dockets brimming) would rather not bother with it. Court still makes a few bucks in the process, too.
Hope this helps and good luck.
: I need advice from y'all.
: I got stopped doing 70 in a 45mph zone (PCH for those of you in SoCal). Trying to get traffic school so my insurance is not adversly impacted. The problem is that I went to traffic school 12 months ago. The rule here is traffic school only every 18 months. When I went to pay the ticket, the clerk told me that SOMETIMES a judge will make an exception top the rule (and then went on to say, "don't tell 'em I told you that.") So of course I asked to see a judge. Well I'm seeing the judge tommorow morning and want to know:
: A. What to say to get traffic school
: B. Any chance at this point in beating the ticket?
: And yes, I know, I shoulda had the V1!!!!!
: Thanks -- great board -- despite the flames!
: 99 Mz3, Silver/black/black