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Old 03-23-2008, 07:41 PM
 
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Ok, so I was going down to Little 5 Points, was lost and stumbled into the speeding trap on Freedom Parkway. I was going 54 because I assumed that it was at LEAST 45mph. To my dismay, it was 35, and i received a ticket for 19 over the limit. The conditions were Dry, Clear, Blacktop, with Medium traffic flow. The officer recommended that I take a program called TLC that might reduce my ticket and points on my license because I'm only 18.

I was wondering if there was a limit for how far a ticket can be issued from (laser @ 1,301' 1")

Also In court, will it matter what i plead?
If so, what are the benefits of pleading what?

Thanks a ton, and if you think something might help me out, let me know!!
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Old 03-23-2008, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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I've used that route many times to access bike rides in L5P...traveling from 75/85 it's easy to speed through the curves but I've seen ATL LEOs often enough that I remind myself to slow down. Sorry you got pinched, sorry I have no suggestions per your ticket. Good luck.
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Old 03-23-2008, 08:22 PM
 
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Your best bet might be to hire an attorney to help you out, you definitely will want to try to get it reduced, esp. b/c of how it will effect your insurance rate.
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Old 03-24-2008, 08:37 AM
 
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Just FYI - if you plead guilty then you can't do anything but pay the scheduled fine.
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Old 03-24-2008, 08:44 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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There are posted signs there. Pleading ignorance to that won't help and saying "I assumed it was..." will only get a couple of raised eyebrows from the judge aimed your way.

You sped. You got caught. Pay the ticket and move on.
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Old 03-24-2008, 08:54 AM
 
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OK, Greg, we know the whole Man Up routine.

However, the OP can participate in the program the officer spoke of. That's one option.

Another is to go to court and apply to the sympathy of the judge. You could say that you were lost and a bit confused and kept slowing down to read signs and people behind you were honking and getting mad so you sped up in agitation, etc. I can't guarrantee it will work but I know that it HAS worked for me once. Now, it was true and I went in thinking I was simply wasting my time - but the judge believed that I am not a habitual speeder (which is true) and let me off.

At this point in my life I would just pay the fine and move on but at the time I was quite a bit younger (15 years!) and really poor and the fine was going to really hit me. I also consider that the judge may have considered that point (I was obviously young, now that I look back on it) and decided to give me a break.
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Old 03-24-2008, 09:14 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Another is to go to court and apply to the sympathy of the judge. You could say that you were lost and a bit confused and kept slowing down to read signs and people behind you were honking and getting mad so you sped up in agitation, etc. I can't guarrantee it will work but I know that it HAS worked for me once. Now, it was true ...
Ok, for you as you say that instance was true, but in his case he would be lying to the judge. He already admitted he "assumed it was 45, so he was going 54" (still speeding even if it WAS 45). He was lost but obviously wasn't driving overly slow with people behind him honking. Lying to the judge isn't a great way to earn brownie points and lets be real here - have you ever met an 18 year old who could lie effectively under pressure?

Take the class the officer offered. Pay the fine. Stop speeding. I'll shut up now but I'm stickin' to that.
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Old 03-24-2008, 09:19 AM
 
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Hey, I was 18 at the time. And I would be willing to guess that the OP probably WAS confused and lost (according to the post) so it wouldn't be a lie to put it in his/her own terms

It's worth a try to a cash-strapped youngster.
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Old 03-24-2008, 10:45 AM
 
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Ok, so I was going down to Little 5 Points, was lost and stumbled into the speeding trap on Freedom Parkway. I was going 54 because I assumed that it was at LEAST 45mph. To my dismay, it was 35, and i received a ticket for 19 over the limit. The conditions were Dry, Clear, Blacktop, with Medium traffic flow. The officer recommended that I take a program called TLC that might reduce my ticket and points on my license because I'm only 18.

I was wondering if there was a limit for how far a ticket can be issued from (laser @ 1,301' 1")

Also In court, will it matter what i plead?
If so, what are the benefits of pleading what?

Thanks a ton, and if you think something might help me out, let me know!!
There isn't much you can do to reverse the situation. You can go to the court to defend yourself. You will lose if the cop shows up at the court. Then the fine amount is up to the judge. If you take course, your fine will be reduced, but course costs you money too. You are not better off, but your insurance won't get affected. One way or another, you are a loser.
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Old 03-24-2008, 10:53 AM
 
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Ok, so I was going down to Little 5 Points, was lost and stumbled into the speeding trap on Freedom Parkway. I was going 54 because I assumed that it was at LEAST 45mph. To my dismay, it was 35, and i received a ticket for 19 over the limit. The conditions were Dry, Clear, Blacktop, with Medium traffic flow. The officer recommended that I take a program called TLC that might reduce my ticket and points on my license because I'm only 18.

I was wondering if there was a limit for how far a ticket can be issued from (laser @ 1,301' 1")

Also In court, will it matter what i plead?
If so, what are the benefits of pleading what?

Thanks a ton, and if you think something might help me out, let me know!!
http://www.dds.ga.gov/business/2007_TrafficCourtRM.pdf
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