Post # 1
I know. I was dumb. And lost and didn’t realize I was going into a town. Since I kept looking at my GPS I didn’t realize that the speed limit fell drastically.
I was going 27 over.
The cop told me that since it was my first offense the ticket should be about 300 bucks.
I can not afford this. What do I do? I’m so sad!
Post # 3
@Chrysoberyl: Call the number on the ticket and ask if there is a way to work out a payment plan. Explain your situation, accept responsibility, and tell them how much you can afford to pay right now and how long you think it should take you to pay it off. Worst thing they can say is no. I hope this helps
Post # 4
$780??? Wow!! I got one a couple weeks ago for 138 in a 100 and it was only $119. Can you call and see if you have any options to get it lowered?
Post # 5
@Chrysoberyl: request deferred adjudication from the court? inquire about a defensive driving course? These will all have fees but won’t be as much as the ticket. Never hurts to ask about your options. 27 over is a lot. They may not offer these options though.
Post # 6
Go to court and plead your case? I know around here people frequently hire traffic attorneys to lower the charge (from speeding to a non-moving violation), but I think it still costs the same amount after court fees/attorney fees. The only reason people do it is to avoid points on their license.
It sounds like you were probably in a double fine zone. Those bite.
Post # 7
@Chrysoberyl: $780 OMG!!!! That is ridiculous!! Cant you ake it to court to get it reduced? Where I live everyone chooses this option when they get a ticket in hopes they will get it dropped or at lease reduced
Post # 8
27 over is a LOT. Call them up and ask what you can do…and perhaps slow down a bit in the future? If you’re lost, pull over to consult the GPS. My husband does this — he goes the same speed and misses turns because he doesn’t slow down to figure out where he’s going. It drives me nuts!
Post # 9
Appeal it. If it’s your first offense, the magistrate may be nice. I’m not sure how it works in GA, but in MA, the cop that pulled you over is supposed to show up at your appeal. If he doesn’t they usually dismiss it. I’ve had 2 tickets dismissed this way. And 2 or 3 more dismissed cause I explained myself and they just let me off the hook.
Post # 10
@Chrysoberyl: I echo what some posters are saying that you should go to the court appearance to see if you can get it reduced, as long as you are in the area. A friend of mine just went to court for a ticket and got no points and the fine reduced half.
Post # 11
@peachacid: This is going to sound like an awful excuse..
The speed limit dropped from 70 to 45 almost instantly. I saw it on the way back. The signs were back to back!
The other thing is that it was downhill. I hate riding my brake downhill so I always try to coast through that for the next hill.
Bees I just want to cry 🙁
My court date is August 20th. It’s about an hour away from my city
Post # 12
@Chrysoberyl: I’m not trying to be rude, but seriously…if you’re driving at over 70 miles an hour, you should NOT be looking at your GPS so hard that you miss a SIGN ON THE ROAD.
Good luck in court. Do you know if you can offer to take a defensive driving course or something? $780 is huge…but so is 27 miles over the speed limit and admittedly not looking at the road. =(
Post # 13
@peachacid: Yes I realize that thank you for telling me in all caps 🙁
Post # 14
Take a defensive driving course first, then take it to court with you. That usually shows them how serious you are and you want to be a better driver. Since it is your first offense, they most likely will drop the speed and keep the points off your license. You are in Georgia and this is common here.
Post # 15
Omg this sucks so much!! I’m so sorry!! Speeding tickets are the worst. Fiance has a lead foot and when he gets tickets, he hires an attorney previous poster mentioned to avoid points on his license – it usually ends up costing much more than the ticket due to attorney fees. However, he’s never had one that high so it may possibly be cheaper.
I personally would probably go to court because I would do everything I can not to swallow that ticket. That said, I’d be prepared to be lectured because like PP said, the alternate is not that desirable either. Good luck!!
Post # 16
@GeorgiaBride5: Have you ever been to Millen? It’s near Waynesboro and Statesboro
Apparently it’s a known speed trap. Wish I had known!!