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Old 03-16-2011, 06:49 AM
 
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Same applies to FFX County Courts. If the judge dismisses the case no court fee's.
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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In PWC you do not pay court costs if a case is dismissed no NP. You only pay if you're found guilty or plead guilty. This should be the case in every court in VA but obviously I haven't seen them all.

Meant to say dismissed OR np.



Grrrrrr. This is the only forum I am on where you can't make corrections hours later. I am on a lot of forums, especially motorcycle, and you can always make corrections no matter how long you wait.
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Old 03-18-2011, 12:05 PM
 
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You don't need a lawyer for 15 over. They won't be able to do anything you can't do on your own. Waste of money for your particular situation.

With your +5 you can request traffic school. You complete traffic school, don't get another ticket for a year or however long the judge says, and the ticket is never on your record. Don't do traffic school before you go to court - the judge has to give it to you.

Never pay a ticket directly through the mail if you can get the time to go to court. Going to court is not about being guilty are not; it's about making a deal. They don't care you were doing 15 over - they just want their money. If you talk the prosecutor before going to the judge see what they offer (likely it will be guilty to a reduced speed with a lower fine). See if you can get a deal for the full fine, but plead guilty to a charge that doesn't carry points (defective equipment, improper driving). This way everyone wins - your record is ok, they still get their fine. There's also the possibility that the officer doesn't show up and the whole thing is dismissed!
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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You don't need a lawyer for 15 over. They won't be able to do anything you can't do on your own. Waste of money for your particular situation.

With your +5 you can request traffic school. You complete traffic school, don't get another ticket for a year or however long the judge says, and the ticket is never on your record. Don't do traffic school before you go to court - the judge has to give it to you.

Never pay a ticket directly through the mail if you can get the time to go to court. Going to court is not about being guilty are not; it's about making a deal. They don't care you were doing 15 over - they just want their money. If you talk the prosecutor before going to the judge see what they offer (likely it will be guilty to a reduced speed with a lower fine). See if you can get a deal for the full fine, but plead guilty to a charge that doesn't carry points (defective equipment, improper driving). This way everyone wins - your record is ok, they still get their fine. There's also the possibility that the officer doesn't show up and the whole thing is dismissed!
Some minor corrections. Some jurisdictions allow you to take the driving school on yout own before court. PWC does not.

An officer not showing up is not an automatic dismissal. If he/she calls in sick or on an emergency then cases can be continued to another date. The prosecutor may offer a deal though on minor cases so some won't have to come back.
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:24 PM
 
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Wrong a SUPREAME COURT DECISSION IN ONE STATE CAN AND DOES BECOME CASE LAW IN ANY OTHER STATE .
Ummmm. I don't think so. If the laws in Washington are different from those in Virginia, how can Washington case law apply here? For example, Washington is a community property state. Virginia is not. Are you saying that a Washington supreme court case dealing with the disposition of jointly-held property would apply here?

Secondly, there is already case law in Virginia that operating a motor vehicle on the public highway is a privilege, not a right.
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Old 03-19-2011, 07:53 AM
 
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15 over aint much. just go and represent yourself and say you thought the limit was xxx or what ever. if you havent had ticket in ling time you can usually agree to take driver improvement and have the conviction waived. the true cost of a ticket is higher insurance premium based on CONVICTION not points...

youll have to pay court costs and for traffic school
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:23 AM
 
Location: MID ATLANTIC
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Wow, I'm glad I didn't just suck it up and pay in PWC! I met with the prosecutor the morning of court, was given class, no points, court costs only. I had to pay $85 for the class, one Saturday that lasted maybe 6 hours and the class was actually quite entertaining.
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Wow, I'm glad I didn't just suck it up and pay in PWC! I met with the prosecutor the morning of court, was given class, no points, court costs only. I had to pay $85 for the class, one Saturday that lasted maybe 6 hours and the class was actually quite entertaining.

Told you.
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Old 03-19-2011, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Cheektowaga, NY
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glad this thread was made... I got a ticket -- my first one -- in Loudoun County a few weeks ago, 73 in a 55 (on route 28, everyone speeds on 28!!!). Anyway, I don't want the points on my license, so I plan on doing traffic school. Is it better to wait until my court date (April 8th) and ask the judge if I can take traffic school in exchange for dropping the charges? Or should I take a class first and then bring the certificate and show the judge on the 8th?
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Old 03-19-2011, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Guess you haven't read what's been posted. I would NOT take the drivers improvement course without checking with the courts first. The Commonwealth Attorneys Office should know. If not call the clerks office for the General District Court. In some court systems the judge wants to approve the course or it won't be accepted.
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