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Old 10-04-2007, 11:26 AM
 
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My fiance got a speeding ticket for going 16mph over the posted speed recently (which was BS but that's another story).

Any tips on successful ways to approach the court trial? He's not getting a lawyer or anything, just wondering what sort of things are good to say. He's hoping to get it reduced to 14mph & avoid the points, etc. Thanks!
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:41 AM
 
Location: South Charlotte
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Uhh, I'm pretty sure 14mph over would still bring a good amount of points. Both insurance and license to boot.

I would contact George Laughrun to handle the ticket. He used to a be a DA a long time ago and is a very well known and respected defense attorney.

My personal opinion is an attorney fee saves you about 3-5 years in increased insurance rates.
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:48 AM
 
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His court date is tomorrow.
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:53 AM
 
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Go to court. Pay the fine around $100 court cost $50 fine and the DA will probably reduce it to something like improper equipment. No biggie just time.
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:57 AM
 
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So just like that? Show up & it's typically reduced? Neither of us have ever had a ticket in our lives to know if there's any sort of "thing to say/not say" so he's just nervous.
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Old 10-04-2007, 12:04 PM
 
Location: South Charlotte
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Well in that case! Ha ha tomorrow, talk about last minute.

My fiance just went through this herself. She went to court and the DA asked if anyone was there to represent themselves. She spoke with him directly before court began and he reduced her sitation to a lesser offense. Since this is his first ticket they will most likely do two things: (1) offer a reduced speed and pay a fine OR (2) he can do whats called a Prair for Judgement. This means he will pay a fee, take a 4 hour class and cannot receive another ticket for 3 years. No points, no insurance increase.
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Old 10-04-2007, 12:11 PM
 
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Yeah its real simple. It's just another way for them to get money out of you. show up early. You will have to hand your ticket in. So the later you are the lest chance you are to the front. The DA will call you up and talk with you and go from there. I had 3 tickets last year and all were reduced to improper equipment which never showed on insurance just my bank account each time I had to pay that damn fine!
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Old 10-04-2007, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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You have a big problem:

>>>speeding ticket for going 16mph over

"16 mph over" in NC is automatic suspension of driving privileges. There may even be jail time, etc. AND THEN there is the insurance hit you will have for the next 3 years.

You need a lawyer to finagle a way to keep your license... even it it is only for driving to and from work!

This is serious.
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Old 10-04-2007, 12:13 PM
 
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You have a big problem:

>>>speeding ticket for going 16mph over

"16 mph over" in NC is automatic suspension of driving privileges. There may even be jail time, etc. AND THEN there is the insurance hit you will have for the next 3 years.

You need a lawyer to finagle a way to keep your license... even it it is only for driving to and from work!

This is serious.

Please I was doing 19 over last year following a State Trooper and was pulled. Please do not scare these people. If thye were going to take it they would have done it on the spot.
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Old 10-04-2007, 12:16 PM
 
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Please I was doing 19 over last year following a State Trooper and was pulled. Please do not scare these people. If thye were going to take it they would have done it on the spot.
Did you say anything special in court to help the matter out?
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