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      08-28-2012 01:12 AM #1
      My wife got a speeding ticket in town today. She was going down hill on a 4 lane mixed business/residential street, speed limit was 25mph. The LEO was at the bottom of the hill (which is known for cars going relatively fast), and clocked her at 41, 16 over. 16-19 over is a ticket that will cost her $114 and 4 points, under 16 over, we're not sure about.
      She confesses she was speeding, and she said she might have been going 41, she didn't really know.
      We haven't had any speeding tickets between us ever, so I'm not sure how to handle it. I have a feeling that if she contends the ticket, she'll get a break (she obviously won't fight the whole thing, she WAS speeding), but is it worth the hassle of going to court?Her driving record is spotless, aside from hitting a deer and totaling her car a couple years ago.
      I don't want this thread to turn into typical TCL 'quit bitching and pay it, you sped, now pay the consequences' thread, I'd just like some advice on whether or not to contest it to get the fine and points reduced.

      Oh, and before anyone posts it, we aren't lawyering up.

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      08-28-2012 01:32 AM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by bronson75 View Post
      I don't want this thread to turn into typical TCL 'quit bitching and pay it, you sped, now pay the consequences' thread, I'd just like some advice on whether or not to contest it to get the fine and points reduced.




      My first and only ticket I asked to just have the points dropped, and judge (might have been some commissioner or something) did and lowered it a couple bucks.

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      08-28-2012 02:41 AM #4
      Write a letter with apologies and other BS to the judge before the court date. Enjoy a reduction in fine. Idk if you will avoid points though.

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      08-28-2012 02:43 AM #5
      My mind went to this.


    6. 08-28-2012 03:04 AM #6
      Plead not guilty and talk to the prosecutor on your court date. Always fight. It's your right, and imo, your duty to contest. Even if you lose, why make it easy? Either way, if you end up with four points, you'll be eating sky-high insurance premiums for years to come.
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      08-28-2012 04:35 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by bronson75 View Post
      'quit bitching and pay it, you sped, now pay the consequences'
      You said it so well I thought I'd just quote YOU. See what I did there?
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      08-28-2012 05:30 AM #8
      look up to see if WI has a basic speed law.
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      08-28-2012 06:10 AM #9
      got a lot of experience on the topic. My advice is to talk to the prosecutor (some townships make you talk to him by default, for others you need to plea not guilty), he will probably reduce it to a 2 points ticket, then have her taking a safe driving course, which will get rid of the 2 points left on the license.
      she'll get out of it with no points, and in my case we got safe driver discount of the policy.

      in some areas the 25 mph limit is plain ridiculous and it's very easy to get tickets...
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      08-28-2012 06:30 AM #10
      It's Wisconsin. Bribe the judge with cheese. She'll be fine.
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      08-28-2012 06:31 AM #11
      Take it to court fo sho. Talk to the prosecutor-theyre willing to work with people who aren't a-holes. Done it many a time-it works. 'Round here the cops that pull you over never show up to contest your story...its a guaranteed break of some sort.

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      08-28-2012 06:49 AM #12
      I was going to say a simple "pay it and tell her to quit speeding" but four points is nuts. I'd try to negotiate with the solicitor a bit.

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      08-28-2012 06:54 AM #13
      Yeah what others have said. Talk to the prosecutor, usually they'll cut you a break, especially first-time offenders.

      Quote Originally Posted by freddy2081 View Post
      in some areas the 25 mph limit is plain ridiculous and it's very easy to get tickets...
      Speed limits in a lot of places are just plain ridiculous. The interstate highway limit (65) comes right to the top of my mind. I'm 100% convinced that speed limits (especially in NJ) are set artificially low on purpose to generate revenue.
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    14. 08-28-2012 07:18 AM #14
      Most places now the money goes to court costs which are what they are. $100 court costs, $14 fine. So you are unlikely to get the costs down much.

      Maybe save a couple points. Maybe as noted take a class but IMO one ticket isn't worth it. If you are quickly piling them up, then maybe so.

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      08-28-2012 07:46 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by WakusPakus View Post
      Take it to court fo sho. Talk to the prosecutor-theyre willing to work with people who aren't a-holes. Done it many a time-it works. 'Round here the cops that pull you over never show up to contest your story...its a guaranteed break of some sort.

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      x2. Just showing up and being respectful pretty much guarantees you point and fine deduction, especially since it's your first time offense.

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      08-28-2012 07:55 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by bronson75 View Post
      Oh, and before anyone posts it, we aren't lawyering up.
      Show up to court and get in line to see the DA.

      spotless record usually means the DA can choose to drop the points, increase the fine plus court charges
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      08-28-2012 07:56 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by bpodlesnik View Post
      x2. Just showing up and being respectful pretty much guarantees you point and fine deduction, especially since it's your first time offense.
      This. Dress nice, be polite, explain that it was error on her part, and most times, it will ever get tossed or allow her to do driver improvement instead of getting points. The city gets your money from court fees, and you avoid an insurance hike.

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      08-28-2012 07:58 AM #19
      Wife was speeding? Wife got ticket? Wife pays ticket.

      It really has nothing to do with you, OP, now, does it? The days of the little delicate female flower needing the care and nurturing of a strong man are, like, gone forever... Let her pay it, argue it, lawyer up... whatever she needs to do. I'm not seeing where it has d¡ck to do with you...

      Oh, you both pay the (soon to be larger) insurance premiums from a common account? How quaint. Have her contribute more moneys monthly to the account from her income for as long as the extra surcharges are in effect, so your joint budget stays level.

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      08-28-2012 07:59 AM #20
      Not sure how it is where you are but in MA the first appeal is in front of a court magistrate, explain to them what happened.

      If they do not drop the ticket then appeal the second time, this time it's in front of a judge and the cop has to show up, if he doesn't then the ticket gets dropped.

      Do no settle for a reduced fine, the 4 tickets will ass rape you on insurance costs.

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      08-28-2012 08:00 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by bronson75 View Post
      advice?
      Pay the ticket.

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      08-28-2012 08:00 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Boogety Boogety View Post
      Wife was speeding? Wife got ticket? Wife pays ticket.

      It really has nothing to do with you, OP, now, does it? The days of the little delicate female flower needing the care and nurturing of a strong man are, like, gone forever... Let her pay it, argue it, lawyer up... whatever she needs to do. I'm not seeing where it has d¡ck to do with you...

      Oh, you both pay the (soon to be larger) insurance premiums from a common account? How quaint. Have her contribute more moneys monthly to the account from her income for as long as the extra surcharges are in effect, so your joint budget stays level.
      I am gonna guess you're single.........you sound like no one loves you.

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      08-28-2012 08:12 AM #23
      Pay it. Move on with life. Slow down.
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      08-28-2012 08:15 AM #24
      It's honestly too hard to say because every cities court system is going to be different. Usually you can get a reduced fine by appearing in court though.

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      08-28-2012 08:24 AM #25
      I was in a similar situation, going 80 in a 65 zone and wanted to avoid a possible reckless charge so I lawyered up. The lawyer made a side agreement with the prosecution prior to the "trial" where I would be charged with another infraction that carried the same fee penalty, but did not add any points. The county was happy because they got their money, and I was happy (happier..) because I didn't have my insurance rates skyrocket.

      I would fight it. The high insurance cost can really F your future plans up for years to come.

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