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Old 10-03-2013, 01:59 PM
 
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Got popped in NC about 1 week ago on 17 where it goes from like 55 to 60 to 65 all up and down the road.
Problem is, my cruise control was set at 67, cop said I was going 76, he then lowered it to 70 (in a 55). I took pictures of my cruise control setting cancelled after he said I was going to 76.
Someone's speed reader wasn't calibrated apparently....
I should have asked to see the radar gun (which I did not).
Fine is $215 if I want to pay it.
Should I fight it?
Should I fib and say he wouldn't let me see the gun?
Does having pix of my cancelled cruise control setting help me? (I'd still be at 67 in a 55, thought I was in a 65)
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Old 10-03-2013, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Surf City, NC
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Get a lawyer and have him appear for you, it seems to work pretty well for a lot of folks in NC. You may end up paying more in insurance costs than you would have paid a lawyer if you go ahead and pay the ticket. I paid a few speeding tickets in the past, figuring I could live them down. When I did go to a lawyer about a later offense, he said, "Always fight it," you never know what will come up later when you'll wish you didn't have that on your record.
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:26 AM
 
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Get a lawyer and have him appear for you, it seems to work pretty well for a lot of folks in NC. You may end up paying more in insurance costs than you would have paid a lawyer if you go ahead and pay the ticket. I paid a few speeding tickets in the past, figuring I could live them down. When I did go to a lawyer about a later offense, he said, "Always fight it," you never know what will come up later when you'll wish you didn't have that on your record.
Any idea what it would cost to have a lawyer appear? The fine is $215.
If I appear in my own defense, anything I can tell the judge to get it reduced so it's not on my record or insurance? (I'm in sales and drive extensively)
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Any idea what it would cost to have a lawyer appear? The fine is $215.
If I appear in my own defense, anything I can tell the judge to get it reduced so it's not on my record or insurance? (I'm in sales and drive extensively)
Was it the State Troopers who caught you or a local Sheriff or police? Which court would you have to appear in? I'm thinking if it was one of the small towns, you ought to hire a lawyer. If it was a larger place like Jacksonville, the cop might not show up, and/or you might have a good chance of arguing in your own defense.
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Old 10-04-2013, 03:56 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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When my DH got pulled over on US 24 near I-40 for 70 in a 55 back in 2010, he paid for a lawyer and got the ticket reduced to a non-moving violation (his record was clean other than that one ticket). The lawyer cost him $400 or so, but in our opinion it was worth it as it doesn't significantly shove up our insurance!
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Surf City, NC
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I think it was in 2008 I paid a lawyer to appear in Burgaw for me, he got it reduced to a non-moving violation. I'm sorry, I don't recall how much I paid, but it wouldn't have been more than $400. Since I was out-of-state at the time, it was well worth it to me just to save me the trip. It was a "must appear" ticket.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Surf City, NC
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Call up a couple of lawyers and they can probably tell you up front what it will cost. You'll probably receive a bunch of ads; I asked around for a recommendation from friends in the area.
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:53 AM
 
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When my DH got pulled over on US 24 near I-40 for 70 in a 55 back in 2010, he paid for a lawyer and got the ticket reduced to a non-moving violation (his record was clean other than that one ticket). The lawyer cost him $400 or so, but in our opinion it was worth it as it doesn't significantly shove up our insurance!
I wonder if I go in to contest it, show the pix of my cruise setting, (granted, the judge may still say "well, you were still going 67 in a 55?) and asked that based on my clean record and that I drive for my job, about 36K miles/year, that a having it as a non-moving violation would help me in the insurance dept.
I suppose a lawyer is going to do the exact same thing?

I'll call a few and see what they would cost.
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