Going to court for a traffic ticket..have some questions!

posted 3 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@figgnewton:  In California you have to pay for the ticket by the due date and IF the cop doesn’t show or the judge sides in your favor you get a refund.

Not sure what state you live in but agreeing to pay the ticket by the due date shouldn’t have any bearing on you fighting the ticket itself.

/husband drives like a maniac, very experienced with this.

Post # 5
2783 posts
Sugar bee

@figgnewton:  Maybe you should try calling back and saying that you’re going to go to court? You wouldn’t want to show up and then they dont even call your name…


I got pulled over for speeding once, by a motorcycle cop, and it was “reckless”……the ticket was literally almost $1000. I decided to go to court although I figured the motorcycle cop would come, since his job is mainly to write tickets. HE DIDN’T SHOW UP!!!!! The judge looked at me and was like, “Do you know how lucky you are? You’re dismissed.” I couldn’t believe it.

Post # 6
3084 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@figgnewton:  by me if you go to court you can plead down the tickeT. I did that and I got my ticket bumped down to a parking ticket with no points. 

Post # 11
4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’d call and tell them you’re going.

A friend of mine gets out of every single ticket he gets because when he goes to court he asks for proof that the speed gun was calibrated that morning. Apparently they’re supposed to do it every morning to ensure its accurate – kind of like zeroing out a scale. Well when they do it prints out a confirmation or something of the sort, but apparently they don’t do it as much as they should so the readings aren’t always accurate. I don’t know much about it, but if it looks like your case is going south I might try to BS something about it hahaha. Good luck!

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