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    Fighting a speeding ticket. What is true?

    This has been on my mind. Curious if there is any truth to it.

    Is it true that if you get a speeding ticket, and you decide to fight it, the only way you can lose is if the cop shows up to your hearing?

    I got a speeding ticket back in summer '05. I fought it and won. The cop didn't show up.

    (This may not have been the correct forum to post this in.)

    Thanks!

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    As far as I know if the cop doesn't show up it will likely get tossed. If there were other violations however, I'd think you can get tagged. The judge makes the decision, not the cop.

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    Typically, the only way you can get it tossed without spending money is a cop no-show, and even then, some states don't require the officer to show and will just go off his / her notes. You can hire a traffic lawyer who will fight the ticket through means such contesting the equipment (suggesting the radar was faulty, which, more often than not, they are in fact miscalibrated to some degree). From what I've heard, it's a pretty high success rate. But, again, you're dropping dough even if it might be less than the fine you'd otherwise receive.

    If you're hoping to show up and contest the officer and win, though... can't say I've ever heard of it happening without there being a fatty mistake mixed in there.

    Not related to speeding, but luckiest I've ever got was when I got ticketed for an expired drivers license. Went to court with a dozen others who were ticketed for the same. They were actually digging up driving records and finding those who had suspended licenses on top of it and upgrading their charges. I went by unscathed. When I went to the DMV later that week to renew mine, I found out mine had been suspended for getting two speeding tickets while under 21 years old. Not sure how that didn't come up in my records in court, but I didn't ask any questions.

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    Originally Posted by Seymore
    The judge makes the decision, not the cop.
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    Depends on the state. In my state, if you plead not guilty and show up to court, the judge automatically pleads it down to a minor moving violation. You can then plead guilty to the lesser charge or get a new court date and fight your case.

    I did this once. Showed up, sat with some pot heads for an hour while I watched other cases go through, judge allowed me to plead down to the minor violation, I paid $100, and I went home.

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    The state I live in allows the following: If you have a clean record, and this is your first violation, you're allowed to obtain a copy of your driving record (for a small fee), present it to the court, and told if you have no further violations with 6 months, there are no charges or fees, and you're good to go.

    This is in reference to my husbands speeding ticket which happened approximately 3 years ago.

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    Originally Posted by HeartGoesOn
    The state I live in allows the following: If you have a clean record, and this is your first violation, you're allowed to obtain a copy of your driving record (for a small fee), present it to the court, and told if you have no further violations with 6 months, there are no charges or fees, and you're good to go.

    This is in reference to my husbands speeding ticket which happened approximately 3 years ago.
    Here if you have a clean record you're allowed to plead down to a lesser charge . $50 and no points.

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    I live in Massachusetts. When I fought my ticket and won, I didn't have to pay anything at all.

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    Originally Posted by TulipWriter
    I live in Massachusetts. When I fought my ticket and won, I didn't have to pay anything at all.
    That's why we rock!

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