(Closed) NWR–Challenging Tickets? Minor Vent.

posted 8 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I got a speeding ticket a year and a half ago with a $160 fine and 4 points…this was my first speeding ticket…the cop actually told me to fight the ticket so I would get my points taken away.  I did and he was right, the judge took off the points.

Post # 4
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627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My sibling has challenged tickets before and it tends to work out for him. It requires the police officer to show up in court, at least in the county I grew up in. Most officers don’t, so the ticket goes away. Most notoriously, though, he did end up facing off with a cop over a parking ticket the day the Phillies had the World Series parade. My brother won that one, too. 

I would drive back to wear the stop sign was alleged to have been and see if you did, in fact, miss it, first. 

Then I would make sure that your husband having a liscense that does not match his residence will not come back to bite you. I know there are certain laws about having to change ones liscense if one moves. I am not sure if that only applies to moving out of state, though. I would just double check so you don’t end up challenging the ticket for missing a stop sign and end up with like a $700 ticket for the liscense being wrong. 

What the officer did after he pulled you over sounds pretty standard, though.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

The only traffic violations I’ve had are parking tickets, and both times I was travelling and a patron of the business who had the parking lot so I was able to argue them by mail/e-mail instead of showing up to their court house…

I’d drive back to the place where you missed the stop sign, take a picture and then argue it.  Some times if there’s branches covering the sign you can easily get off and the next thing you know the county/city/minicipality will be there clearing them.

And that’s some rude judgement on the ibuprofen….

Post # 7
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4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

it partially depends on state laws, but challenging the ticket can keep your insurance premium from raising. i always challenge!

Post # 8
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18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I haven’t challenged a ticket but I have gone to court to plead down the number of points.  It didn’t stop my insurance from going up though because the insurance companies know that the 0 point “broken tail light” ticket is really a pleaded down speeding ticket.

My husband challenged a ticket once where the officer said he was endangering others by turning left.  When he asked if the officer really thought he was endangering others, he said no, which is what my husband used to get the ticket dismissed.

Post # 9
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6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’ve challenged a few speeding tickets and they usually make you pay the fine/court costs and dismiss the points.  I don’t know what they would do for a stop sign when there’s no points involved.  

Post # 10
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870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve only had one ticket, a speeding ticket and I went to court and pled “no contest”. I just wanted the judge to reduce the fine (there were no points). He did and I ended up paying half of what I would have even with the court fees. You pay like 80$ just to show up and contest.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’ve had two tickets since I started driving.  The first one I just paid, the second one I went to court over.  The police officer didn’t show, so the ticket was thrown out.  I’d challenge it, at least just to plead down the fine or points.

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