I got pulled over in Burnsville, NC this weekend at a pretty obvious speed trap. Divided highway, two lanes in each direction with a 3 foot shoulder. There was a ton of cops around, so I was doing exactly the speed limit, which was 55. However, the speed limit dropped from 55 to 35 suddenly and the cop was waiting for me right at the 35 mph zone and snagged me doing 55. Ouch.
20 over is a pretty ****ty ticket, right? Well maybe not. The officer writes me a ticket for a 55 in a 35, then says its not going on my insurance or license since its a TOWN ticket, not a county or state ticket. Best part is, its only $50 and there's no court costs if I mail it in.
I'm very skeptical though. I've gotten lots of tickets, and my MO is to hire a lawyer for $350, which is about what the fine (usually ~$25-50) plus court costs (usually ~$280-300 in NC) usually runs, but I don't have to pay the increased insurance rates. The last time I actually paid a ticket was in 2009, and it totally ****ed my insurance rates when I just mailed in payment.
So anyways, has anyone ever heard of a ticket that doesn't go on your record? I know cops don't have to tell the truth, but it seems weird. I asked him to clarify three times since I wasn't sure if I heard him right. So yeah, if I just mail this in, am I going to regret not getting a lawyer?