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Old 12-05-2009, 07:11 PM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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...they called for all those who wanted a "speed reduction" and said to get in line on the left, got in that, didn't even speak, just handed my ticket to the young man (likely an attorney, just graduated maybe?) at the end of the line and he scribbled on it and made it 5 over, paid my fine and left. He and his co-worker appeared to do the same for everyone, nobody spoke, just handed over the ticket...
: smack::s mack:

And this teaches what? The problem is two-fold. First, you get the direct result of a diver not learning their lesson (to obey the speed limit). Second, you get the urban legend/common knowledge/general attitude of "oh you'll get off of a speeding ticket without even trying" which does far more damage in the sense of shredding the fabric of what keeps traffic laws effective.

If you're gonna do the crime, be prepared to the do the time. Don't be a coward and wiggle out from under it.
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Old 12-05-2009, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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If you're gonna do the crime, be prepared to the do the time. Don't be a coward and wiggle out from under it.
Overreacting much?

Paying 100-200 bucks for the fine imo is far from being a coward and wiggling out from under it.

The lawyers/da's/courts/judges are the ones who reduce the speeding ticket and the fine. Why are you so upset at the person who is 'wiggling' from it.

The same thing happened to me. I went to just get the 'failure to sign the registration card' ticket dismissed. They reduced my speeding ticket as well, I didn't even ask.

Am I a criminal because I forgot to sign my registration card? Actually I probably shouldn't ask that because I"m sure people on this board will think I am since I got a ticket for it and it's the law.

Anyway, for the OP, I was able to do all this on a random day before my court date at the clerk of courts.
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Old 12-05-2009, 09:02 PM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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...Why are you so upset at the person who is 'wiggling' from it.
Because they'll be right back out there doing it again...probably on the way home from the courthouse...endangering everyone around them. As complicated as we like to believe things are today with reasons for everything and gray areas all over the place, there is still a simple valuable lesson to be learned in the subject of cause and effect. Take away the effect (or neuter it to be unnoticeable), no lesson learned.

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...I went to just get the 'failure to sign the registration card' ticket dismissed.
Your not signing the card did not put anyone else's life in danger (there I go over-reacting again)...and dare I say, it's silly that a ticket is issued for no signature on a line. You should have been able to sign it on the spot and gone about your business. So in this case, sure, go show the judge (or green DA) that you did learn to write your name when you were three and that you don't deserve a fine for not signing a piece of paper sitting in your glove box.

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Am I a criminal because I forgot to sign my registration card?
Absolutely not...don't be silly. I didn't say everything has to be black and white...and I certainly didn't say that every law on the book is sensible and should be taken without question. This is a prime example.

Are you a criminal for speeding, especially enough to be called to court because the state has deemed it a misdemeanor? Absolutely. Albeit, not at the level of a mass-murderer, but still a criminal. There's no way to sugar coat that. Maybe if more folks thought of speeding as criminal, they wouldn't do it.

I know I'm in the minority on this forum and heck, in the world, with this opinion. Guess one day I'll just stop giving a damn and fly through neighborhoods at 50 MPH and on highways at 90...since, afterall, highways must be lined with some invisible forcefield that keeps speeding safe.
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:46 AM
 
Location: CLT native
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Old 12-06-2009, 01:34 PM
 
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why do you need an attorney? Show proof that you were called in to the ER under an emergency situation and that ticket will end up getting dismissed. You don't need an attorney for that.
I agree.A phone call to request another court date and show up with proof it was a true emergency will have it dismissed or reduced to a very minor speeding ticket.
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:30 PM
 
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Thanks for all the great advice. I'll call tomorrow. Just a FYI, I'm not trying to get out of anything, I just needed the court date adjusted as there aren't a lot of people that can take my shift at the holiday. :-)
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:23 PM
 
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I think when you get the ticket you should have a mailbox full of attorneys that can fight the ticket for you....
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:55 PM
 
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I think when you get the ticket you should have a mailbox full of attorneys that can fight the ticket for you....
There is no money in this for the lawyers. Get in an accident however and the ambulance chasing lawyers will practically beat your door down to be the one to handle the case if you are the victim. By the time the pain and suffering and medical part of the settlement comes in, there is quite a pay off even for minor fender benders. One of the bigger institutionalized rackets.
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Old 12-06-2009, 09:37 PM
 
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If you can get in contact with the DA or know someone that is close to the DA, then the DA can have it dropped. Easier said then done. You are a physician and were attending to an emergency so the DA/court will be understanding.
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