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Old 12-08-2008, 09:02 PM
 
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Can anyone help us out... ticket received for running a red light in a local
town in Collin Co. Ticket was written by the local town police. Ive been
trying to find out info about what options are available...just paying the
fine, taking a class, are points involved???

The person is 44yrs old ... first ticket ever! I could not find info on this
within Texas.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Far North Dallas. Like FAR!
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There should be a phone number on your ticket. You can call them and ask about your options. I've had to call those numbers before and ask the dumbest questions, like "What is the name of your courthouse?" when I've had to fill in that part of my DD form. Generally, whoever answers the phone is pretty nice.

Your options, as far as I know, are to either pay the ticket in full and have it be on your record, take defensive driving (they offer it online now, which is a better way to take it, in my opinion. You can start and stop the course at any tme, and it's $25 for the course.), or- and I'm a little fuzzy on this last one, so if anyone wants to help me out, that'd be good- you can pled deferred ajudacation, pay twice the amount of the ticket, and not have it affect your insurance. You just can't get another ticket in that county within the next year or something bad happens- like you have to pay another fine or something. But I would call the number on the ticket anyway and ask. The cops never tell you about the deferred ajudacation thing. I've never done it myself because it's so expensive and defensive driving is so much cheaper.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:10 PM
 
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You need to contact the municipal court for the city that issued you the ticket to find out your options. The phone number should be on the ticket.

The County will not be involved with municipal tickets so you will not be finding any info searching that.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:21 PM
 
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Thanks for the info. Since the county isnt involved and the town is...
is it still reported as points on a drivers license or to the insurance...

I will call them tomorrow to try and find out.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:34 PM
 
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Yes it is. It's still a legal violation.
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Old 12-09-2008, 02:05 AM
 
Location: Plano, Texas
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There should be a phone number on your ticket. You can call them and ask about your options. I've had to call those numbers before and ask the dumbest questions, like "What is the name of your courthouse?" when I've had to fill in that part of my DD form. Generally, whoever answers the phone is pretty nice.

Your options, as far as I know, are to either pay the ticket in full and have it be on your record, take defensive driving (they offer it online now, which is a better way to take it, in my opinion. You can start and stop the course at any tme, and it's $25 for the course.), or- and I'm a little fuzzy on this last one, so if anyone wants to help me out, that'd be good- you can pled deferred ajudacation, pay twice the amount of the ticket, and not have it affect your insurance. You just can't get another ticket in that county within the next year or something bad happens- like you have to pay another fine or something. But I would call the number on the ticket anyway and ask. The cops never tell you about the deferred ajudacation thing. I've never done it myself because it's so expensive and defensive driving is so much cheaper.
I did the deferred thing recently. The deal is you pay the ticket, but you are on probation so to speak for however long they say. Mine was 3 months (my ticket was speeding.) If you don't get another ticket within that time, it will not go on your record and your insurance will not go up therefore. If you do, however, get another ticket during probationary period, the first ticket will go on your record as well as the second one. Hope this clarifies. I don't know if all tickets are eligible to be handled this way. You would need to check.
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Do defensive driving. No points on your license, AND you get a 10% discount on your liability insurance for completing the class. You pay the court costs of the ticket (about $50) and take the class, and send in the paperwork and it does NOT go on your record!
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