Originally Posted by ragdolls4me
I've read all the previous threads but still have questions about my situation & hope someone can answer. I got my first-ever speeding ticket (never even been pulled over before!) on Sunday in Chatham Co. Although the Siler City police officer said I was going 63 in a 45 (I swear if I was I didn't realize it!) he said he would give me a break and wrote the ticket for "going in excess of 45 in a 45 mph zone". No mandatory court appearance but of course if I just pay the fine it will be on my record. Anyone have experience with Chatham Co. DA's? Is there any chance if I show up on the court date and plea for mercy that it would be dropped? Since he didn't write a specific speed how might that affect insurance points?
I'm not quite sure what the percentage is for police officers that show up for court for speeding tickets is in the Cary Apex area. Nation wide, the percentage is low. Also, does the police officer have all his radar credentials and certification up to date? If not, the judge will throw the case out. There are two possible ways to get the case tossed. You could actually make an arguement that no specific speed was indicated, thus the officer did not actually clock you at an excessive speed. But is this honest? You claim you did not know how fast you were going. By the officer not placing a specific speed down, neither did he? Therefore the case would likely be tossed.
If it were me, I would fight it and go to court. Keep in mind, I work in a law enforcement related field too.
As it should be, it is your right to contest the violation. Take advantage of it.
My 02 cents.