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DAMMMMMMMMMMMMMNNNNNNNNNIT my first ticket
son of a friggin i was heading home from work around 430am on the 101 under 110, around 100, not much traffic, i was the only car on the freeway at one point, not swerving in an out of lanes or anything, get pulled over. F! ticket is for exceeding 100 MPH in a 65. speed on ticket was approx 101.... how much is this going to cost me? i have to go to court don't i? how much is my insurance going to go up? do i have to report it to my insurance? i dont know any damn thing this is my first speeding ticket ever...is there any way i can get out of it? ARGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Your insurance will be aware of the ticket. Maybe not right this second, but the next time your insurance expires... they have to pro-rate it. And when they do that, they usually obtain your up to date information. Up to date information meaning accidents and traffic violations. Good luck...

As for fighting it, I think it's mandatory that anything in excess of 100 m.p.h. be taken to court. I could be incorrect though. Not sure. Either way, I'd take it to court and see if you can fight it. You never know. I've gotten lucky just once taking it to court. My brother has been lucky *several* times taking his tickets to court. The cop can decide it isn't worth his time and not show up... the judge can decide it isn't worth his time and merely throw it out... they can drop the penalty of the ticket and just have you take a defensive driving course... but anyway, there's a multitude of different scenarios.

Good luck...


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You have several choices.
1) Wait till the bail comes in the mail, and write on your check (your bail) that you want to goto court. Or go to the court house and set the court date in advance, this is the way to go. If your sure you can win this, and I don't think you can, because i am assuming it was a CHP that gave you the ticket, his instruments should be calibrated everytime before he goes out on patrol. On the ticket you have the officers name, you have the legal right to get the service records for the vehicle he is driving and to see when the last time he had his radar gun calibrated. You can access even the manufacture. The idea behind this is to find loop holes, in getting out of the speeding ticket.In additon find out when the officer will be taking vacation leave, sometimes they will tell you, other times not. Try to schedule around his vacation leave. They make sure these guys show up to court, to fight the ticket. Trust me they will be ready, with all the info. such as the day, time, patrol car, calibration unit, name it everything!!! This is to make them look good in court. Trust me I have done this and lost. You have to be prepared, with logical,practical explainations.

2) pay the fine and deal with points against you on your driving record, for 4 years, i think.

3) Plead gulity, when you get the fine in the mail, and go straight to traffic school. Once again you can go early to the court house and pay the fine and goto traffic school, this may keep the points off your driving record.

Of course #3 is the most favorable, you'll have to piss off your entire Sat. and I believe since your were clocked at 101mph you may be given 13 hrs of traffic school or more!!!!!!!!!! Brutal, but hey if it keeps it off your driving record, your a winner the HARD WAY (Vegas style baby).


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Wait, the thing says "CHP Notice to Appear" so that means I have to go to court on the date specified, right? How many points does something like this add up to? How much would the fine be? How do I find out all that info like calibration dates and stuff? What about Traffic Lawyers in CA? can they help and how much? I think I remember him saying he paced me also...
 

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When I got caught speeding in NYC, I was going 95 in a 55mph zone. I went to court (manditory in NY) I plea bargained with the state trooper that pulled me over. Instead of fighting a case that I might lose, I pleaded guilty to going 70mph in a 55mph zone. The fine was $100 and no points on my license. If i had fought the original case and lost, it would have cost me $100 and bout 5points. In NY, that counts as your insurance hitting the roof!! See if you can "Plea Bargain" your ticket down to a lesser charge. Im not sure how the laws are in Cali but try it anywayz, it just might work.
 

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I was pulled over on a 55 mile Highway doing 95 and well that means JAIL TIME here in VA but i had a clean record so the State Trooper said that he will go easy on me this time and he gave me a and he gave me "Unable to obey highway signs" this has a $60.00 ticket and 3 points.

Some one told me to get a LAWYER i talked to one and WELL BELIVE ME THOSE $ 400.00 dollars were the best spent money by me EVER. I was in court and the Judge was giving every body tickets but when my turn came my LAWYER had some kind of arrangement and JUDGE dissmissed the ticket. i paid fine but no points. and well NO ONE WANTS POINTS the insurance goes up like 150 for six months depending on your age and stuff.
So in my opinion get a lawyer nad relax.
 

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I don't know how it works in Cali, but here in MA the trooper that gave you the ticket doesn't have to show up in court. All of the troopers "elect" one of their own to go to court that day. He is prepared with DETAILED briefs from all of the troopers that gave out tickets. So here, we can't just hope that our trooper is sick or on vacation that day.

Don, since this is your first ticket, they will probably cut you a break (reduce the fine, but still maybe tag you with points...which sucks, I know). 100 + is pretty fast, so you might want to get a lawyer like others have suggested.

You really jumped into the whole speeding ticket pool headfirst, my friend. No measely 80mph for you, 100+ all the way baby!
 

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Speaking of tickets, what if the officer wrote a sincle number wrong on my parking ticket? I haven't paid it yet (almost 3 months, and I haven't gotten anything in the mail, reminding me that I have to pay the ticket, which they usually do. Should I even bother? Thanx!
 

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OK,
I was in the same situation as you were except I wasn't going as fast. I was speeding 55 in a 35 city limit zone and I had 2 options. 1) Go to court and defend myself or represent with a lawyer, or 2) pay the penalty, admit I sped at 55, and receive 3 points without going to court period, no questions asked. Of course I took the option number 1 and went to court. At first, I had a month's time to check to see what I had to do so that I wouldn't collect any points and what I had to do to represent myself. I asked an attorney and lawyer that were friends of mine and they told me to had my ticket reduced to 9mph over speed limit and admit that I was speeding then. SO i took my case to court, and an attorney will first come to ask you about your ticket (if they do not come first, make sure YOU yourself ask for the attorney at the court). Talk to the attorney about your options, and then ask for a reduction on the ticket, say it's your first ever ticket and my car is so new I didn't have a deep grasp of how fast my car was capable of because it was sooo smooth riding in it. They will likely then accept your plea, and will then proceed to ask if you want the ticket reduced but plead guilty. Say yes, and they should reduce it for you to 9mph. Believe me, those attorneys know what most insurance look for when it comes to speeding and 9mph is their limit. Good luck buddy, hope this helps.

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go to amazon.com...they have several books on speeding in california...one book is a yellow paper back book...how to fight your ticket or something like that. i've had manytickets in my lifetime, and this book explains everything for you. check it out. it's written especially for cali drivers too.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index=books&field-subject=Traffic%20violations/104-6657755-8917553

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Originally posted by HyperMKIV:
go to amazon.com...they have several books on speeding in california...one book is a yellow paper back book...how to fight your ticket or something like that. i've had manytickets in my lifetime, and this book explains everything for you. check it out. it's written especially for cali drivers too.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/inde x=books&field-subject=Traffic%20violations/104-6657755-8917553

I don't suppose I need to ask why you know about all of this? (I'd have an excuse...I have a Masters in Library Science and therefore am supposed to know!)
 

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Don,

Im surprised the officer didn't reduce the speed on your ticket to 15mph above the posted speed limit. Here in NC your license can be revoked if you're clocked over 15mph over the limit.(Its rare that happens)

If this is your first ticket follow these instructions....Its an option.....

Go to court. Dress very neat.....Clean shaven the works....
When its time to address the court ask the Judge for "A Prayer For Judgement"
Here in NC that means if you have a clean driving record for the last seven yrs.
(I Think) the Judge can actually suspend your Penalty (License Points,Insurance Points) You will have to pay the Ticket though.
I think you will be on a type of "Probation" as far as getting another ticket for the next 5yrs. If you do get another ticket or be at fault in an traffic accident in those 5 yrs (Or Whatever The Time Period Is for California) then the insurance points from that speeding ticket plus whatever infractions you pick up from
the accident (If thats the case)will be immediatly payable.
Check into it.

[This message has been edited by smra (edited December 29, 2000).]
 

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Boy, that's Southern hospitality down in NC! We should be so lucky as to have arrangments like that!
 

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OH, and WHATEVER YOU DO, NEVER admit you didn't know how fast you were going or what you were doing. That indicates to the judge that not only did you get caught speeding, but you are also guilty of not paying attention.
 

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Here's what I heard that may work:
You pay the fine by mail. You send more money than supposed to. When the change arrives, do not cash it in.
From what I heard, this will save you from adding points to your record. The speeding violation still gets recorded. This is unconfirmed. May work well for someone that has a lot of points.

As per my insurance agent, depending on the ins company, it may not necessarily matter how fast you were going, just a number of violation.
 

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Just a reminder:
One of the speeding rules is to keep it "legal" on an open road.
Probability to get caught is a lot less when there's traffic around you.

If you drive fast, I recommend V1 (Valentine One) radar locator and K40's Defuser Plus (against lazer). Altough, nothing will save you from an instant-on radar on an open road.
 

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Thanh, that sucks. This counts for two points against your license, and your license can also be suspended for a month. This will stay on your record for 3 years, and you'll probably pay several hundred dollars extra each year for insurance, if they don't decide you're too high risk and dump you. Here's the applicable California Vehicle Codes: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc22348.htm http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d06/vc12810.htm
I would recommend that you get a lawyer. You would be in a much better position if you can get the speed to be under 100 mph.
 

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Originally posted by vlad_a:
Here's what I heard that may work:
You pay the fine by mail. You send more money than supposed to. When the change arrives, do not cash it in.
From what I heard, this will save you from adding points to your record. The speeding violation still gets recorded. This is unconfirmed. May work well for someone that has a lot of points.

As per my insurance agent, depending on the ins company, it may not necessarily matter how fast you were going, just a number of violation.
That ticket thing doesn't work.
 

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I am surprised you got an "in excess of 100" ticket. CHP does not like to give those out, as Judges LOVE to throw them out. CHP vehicles are not calibrated at 100 MPH, so radar indications, or the officers instruments are not always accurate. Often this ticket in CA gets thrown out totally. The charge is not x amount of miles over the speed limit. Excess of 100 is regardless of speed limit. If the judge doesnt believe you were driving over 100 mph, it is hard for him to knock it down to a lessor charge, as the code quoted in the charge is a strict excess of 100. You may be lucky in this. You could have gotten a two point 35 over the limit ticket, and written for reckless driving as well.
 

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i got caught speeding on the 101 about 5 years ago. i was going 85 in a 55 and i think my mom ended up paying close to 200 bucks (because i was still in high school then). the ticket is going to cost a bundle but be thankful that nothing else happened and that you're still alive to pay for it (i think i heard that the 101 is one of the freeways that has the highest death rates).
 
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