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  • I got pulled over going 55 on a 45, in about a 1/4 mile distance the speed limit increases to 55 on the road i was taking so I speed up a bit pre-mature. Does anyone have some good advice or something that will get me out of paying this fine? Any court advice?
    First time offense by me.
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  • I don't know of any advice for the courtroom, but speed limit signs don't take effect until you pass them. A lot of people are incorrectly told in Driver's Ed and other places that a speed limit takes effect as soon as you can see the sign.
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  • Take pictures, tell them the truth. They will see it is your first offense and drop it or make the fee next to nothing. Don't lose sleep over it.

    Or tell em you had just killed a drifter and were in a hurry to get the decomposing body into a Walmart dumpster as the smell from the trunk was making you ill when mixed with how drunk you were.
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  • Axx wrote:I got pulled over going 55 on a 45, in about a 1/4 mile distance the speed limit increases to 55 on the road i was taking so I speed up a bit pre-mature. Does anyone have some good advice or something that will get me out of paying this fine? Any court advice?
    First time offense by me.


    Either you have the best eyes on the planet or you were clearly speeding. ;)
    And this post is not directed at anyone personally.
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  • DTexHawk wrote:
    Axx wrote:I got pulled over going 55 on a 45, in about a 1/4 mile distance the speed limit increases to 55 on the road i was taking so I speed up a bit pre-mature. Does anyone have some good advice or something that will get me out of paying this fine? Any court advice?
    First time offense by me.


    Either you have the best eyes on the planet or you were clearly speeding. ;)


    The cop caught me going down hill with off course makes your car go just a bit faster, but i've driven down that path many times and know that in about a 1/4 of a mile the speed limit increases.

    I'm going to try my hardest to not pay these ridiculous ticket cost.
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  • Axx wrote:I'm going to try my hardest to not pay these ridiculous ticket cost.


    If you wanted to try your hardest you wouldn't have been speeding :stirthepot:
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  • You should probably just mail the fine in, or go to the clerk and pay it. If you go to court, they'll add court costs and fees and you'll pay more.

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  • sutz wrote:You should probably just mail the fine in, or go to the clerk and pay it. If you go to court, they'll add court costs and fees and you'll pay more.

    ;)

    If i go to court and even though i'm going to have to plead guilty but could i get the total cost reduced?
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  • sutz wrote:You should probably just mail the fine in, or go to the clerk and pay it. If you go to court, they'll add court costs and fees and you'll pay more.

    ;)


    Yep. That's what I'd do. Unless you have solid, incontrovertible evidence which could prove you weren't speeding, I'd just suck it up and pay.
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    sutz wrote:You should probably just mail the fine in, or go to the clerk and pay it. If you go to court, they'll add court costs and fees and you'll pay more.

    ;)


    Yep. That's what I'd do. Unless you have solid, incontrovertible evidence which could prove you weren't speeding, I'd just suck it up and pay.


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  • Man up and pay. You broke the law now accept the consequences.

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  • Just pay it. I tried to fight my first one for going 7 MPH over and it's pretty much the officers opinion against yours unless you go through the trouble to show lots of evidence.
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  • Lymon gave you good advice.

    Here in Spokane if you go to the clerk of the court and pay it and get the right person you can get a break on the total.

    But going to court is merely going to get you added costs as the court adds for you appearing.

    Buy a radar detector.

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  • The Radish wrote:Lymon gave you good advice.

    Here in Spokane if you go to the clerk of the court and pay it and get the right person you can get a break on the total.

    But going to court is merely going to get you added costs as the court adds for you appearing.

    Buy a radar detector.

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    a Police Radar? I have heard of them, but it sounded to good to be true haha.
    Are they legit and legal?
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  • Axx wrote:
    The Radish wrote:Lymon gave you good advice.

    Here in Spokane if you go to the clerk of the court and pay it and get the right person you can get a break on the total.

    But going to court is merely going to get you added costs as the court adds for you appearing.

    Buy a radar detector.

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    a Police Radar? I have heard of them, but it sounded to good to be true haha.
    Are they legit and legal?


    Technically, I think they are legal, but good luck ever getting out of a ticket if the cop sees one mounted in your vehicle.

    You should probably look into laws in your region to be sure rather than asking a bunch of idiots online.

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  • Axx wrote:I got pulled over going 55 on a 45, in about a 1/4 mile distance the speed limit increases to 55 on the road i was taking so I speed up a bit pre-mature. Does anyone have some good advice or something that will get me out of paying this fine? Any court advice?
    First time offense by me.


    In King County WA, you are eligible to have a 'deferred prosecution'. You pay no fine, just court costs, and if you don't get another speeding ticket for a year it gets dropped (no insurance hit). If you DO get another ticket, you pay both fines and have both on your record. You can have a deferred prosecution after another 7 years of ticket-free driving. You're welcome.
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  • you were doing 10 over right.. where i'm from in Washington state, that's a $113 dollar fine.. pay it and move on..
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  • hawker84 wrote:you were doing 10 over right.. where i'm from in Washington state, that's a $113 dollar fine.. pay it and move on..

    Ha! you got it easy, I just went today and i have to pay 107$ in court fees with an additional 30$ for "defensive drivers class".
    I've heard many horror stories about defensive drivers school and how boring they can be.
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  • where are you from? so you had to pay $137 + the cost of the ticket?
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  • hawker84 wrote:where are you from? so you had to pay $137 + the cost of the ticket?

    no, if i take the class they will wipe it from my record ,i do not have to pay a ticket and they don't tell my insurance. For anyone 25(Male) or under has to take defensive driver classes, its mandatory.......
    $100 for court fees is pretty ridiculous though.

    But its not as bad as i thought it would be in terms of price.
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  • ah i see.. that's interesting.. you must not be in Washington.. never heard of manadatory defense classes.. i just got two speeding tickets in the last 6 months, both 10 or under, just payed $113 for each one and it's a done deal..
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  • Ironic, has issues with cops.................
    And this post is not directed at anyone personally.
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  • Always, always, ALWAYS fight a speeding ticket - even if you committed the infraction. I work as a clerk in a courtroom in Pierce County, and almost (im talking about 80% here) of people who contest their tickets get them reduced, if not dismissed, just for showing up. The cost of showing up to fight your ticket (unless you hire an attorney) will never be more than the amount written on your infraction.

    And you get a deferral every 7 years in Washington. You get one for a moving violation and one for a non moving violation - a fact many don't know.
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  • I've only gotten a couple of tickets in my life but I was able to get them both reduced by at least 50% by going to talk to the judge, admitting guilt & explaining my story. Court fees never seemed to be an issue.
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  • Casper wrote:Always, always, ALWAYS fight a speeding ticket - even if you committed the infraction. I work as a clerk in a courtroom in Pierce County, and almost (im talking about 80% here) of people who contest their tickets get them reduced, if not dismissed, just for showing up. The cost of showing up to fight your ticket (unless you hire an attorney) will never be more than the amount written on your infraction.

    And you get a deferral every 7 years in Washington. You get one for a moving violation and one for a non moving violation - a fact many don't know.

    That was always my understanding, but I haven't had a ticket in over 25 years, so I was reading this thread thinking my experience was obsolete. Nice to see it validated.

    A lot of times, it seems that people can get reductions in fines, or warnings instead of citations, simply by not being an ass. I have seen it, but never understood it, where a cop's decision to write a ticket is made for him by the guy being a smartass or just plain stupid.


    Hey Casper, it used to be in Washington that you could plead not guilty, guilty, or guilty-but-I-want-to-explain (I forgot what the real name was for it.) Is that still the case?
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  • BlueTalon wrote:Hey Casper, it used to be in Washington that you could plead not guilty, guilty, or guilty-but-I-want-to-explain (I forgot what the real name was for it.) Is that still the case?


    That's been my experience.
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  • I got one 2 weeks ago (15 over) and was given the option to plead guilty but also write in my explanation of why, what, when, etc. so I didn't have to go to court. Still waiting to hear back if they will reduce the ticket or not.
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  • I believe you are referring to a mitigation hearing, yes, they still exist here.
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  • Casper wrote:I believe you are referring to a mitigation hearing, yes, they still exist here.

    That's it. The last ticket I got, I did that, and ended up doing 8 hours of community service in exchange for dropping the charge entirely (no record, no fine, no points, no insurance report).
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