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Old 05-17-2009, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Avon, CT
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Default Speeding ticket in NY state

Two weeks ago my husband got a speeding ticket on the I-90 in New York State. He was only 17 miles over the speed limit. When we looked at the ticket it did not specify any amount of the fine. It only gives two options if you want to pay by mail to either plead guilty or not guilty. He has a CT driver's license and the state trooper said it would not affect his CT driving record.

I have gotten speeding tickets before and they have all specified the amount. Is this like some sort of warrning?

In the section "Plea of guilt" it says that if you plead guilty that the court will impose a fine after. How much can be the maximum of that fine?

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Old 05-17-2009, 02:46 PM
 
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"...only 17 miles over the limit??????" Are you serious? How much over the limit is too fast? Frankly, this is why limits are posted. There's no sliding scale. The law is the law.
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Avon, CT
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He was going with the flow of traffic and there were quite a few people going much faster than us. Just because he was going faster does not mean he was driving like an idiot.
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Old 05-17-2009, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, WA
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well, technically there is no "flow of traffic" rule. cops can pull you over the second you go over that posted speed limit regardless of what speed everyone was going around you. kind of like "if they jumped off a bridge would you?" there are cops who are more lenient but technically there's no room for negotiation when it comes to the posted speed limit.
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Old 05-18-2009, 04:33 AM
 
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Your husband does have to take a plea of either guilty or not guilty. If he pleads not guilty he will have to return to the court of the town in which he received his ticket to go in front of the judge and the DA to possibly have the charge pleaded down with the DA.

If he pleads guilty he will just be mailed a fine, which at 17MPH over will be probably $150 plus. You can call the Town Court and they can tell you a pretty approximate amount of how much it will be.
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Avon, CT
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Thank you MovesAlot, that's all I wanted to know! I was not trying to justify whether he was right or wrong, just we found it strange to get a speeding ticket with no amount on it.
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Old 05-18-2009, 07:58 PM
 
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Not guilty not guilty not guilty! Why pay if you don't have to?

NY courts are very likely to lower the fine.
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:43 AM
 
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Thank you MovesAlot, that's all I wanted to know! I was not trying to justify whether he was right or wrong, just we found it strange to get a speeding ticket with no amount on it.

I understand Canuckexpat....the reason they don't put the fine down is because you do have the 'opportunity' to 'plead down' your ticket with the DA in front of the judge.
For example going 10+ miles over the speed limit would be I think, 4 points on a NYS license+ larger fine. If you could plead it down to maybe 5 miles over, you would only get 2 points and less of a fine with the option of taking a drivers ed course to even get those two points taken off your license.

NYS likes to make things complicated LOL
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Old 05-21-2009, 12:37 PM
 
Location: upstate ny
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yes reduce the offense to a non-speeding charge because then the locals don't have to share the ticket money with the state, so go in person and ask and most likely they will reduce the charge as long as they get their money for the local court, in fact it works out better for the local court that way of course.
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Old 05-21-2009, 12:38 PM
 
Location: upstate ny
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do not, do not, do not plead guilty without that reduction in offense.
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