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hey i just got my first speeding ticket :pissed: officer said i was doing 70 in a 45 zone [he checked off radar + estimate on the ticket], but he said he'll let me slide and charged me 75 instead of 300. anyhow... i cant afford this to go on my record and raise my insurance, what can i do?? request a hearing and hope the officer doesnt show up??? what if he shows up?? what should i say, i never been to court before.. also i heard about some defensive driving school i can go to that will take the points off?? i dont see that option on the ticket... please help, i really cant afford this ticket on my record, im paying around 3500 a year already. please help!!!
 

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Why don't you go to a traffic lawyer.... :roll:
 

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Re: well shi!t, i just got my first speeding ticket... help?

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hey i just got my first speeding ticket :pissed: officer said i was doing 70 in a 45 zone [he checked off radar + estimate on the ticket], but he said he'll let me slide and charged me 75 instead of 300. anyhow... i cant afford this to go on my record and raise my insurance, what can i do?? request a hearing and hope the officer doesnt show up??? what if he shows up?? what should i say, i never been to court before.. also i heard about some defensive driving school i can go to that will take the points off?? i dont see that option on the ticket... please help, i really cant afford this ticket on my record, im paying around 3500 a year already. please help!!!
I don't know about MA but here in CA it's possible to go to traffic school and avoid having the ticket show up on your DMV record. Of course there is an additional fee and tuition on top of the original fine but since the insurance company won't see it you will come out better in the end.
 

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anyone experienced with MA laws??? sophie?? dragion??? tomc?? my friend said i can write an appeal letter and send it in along with the citation and the envelope requesting a hearing... is that true?? and if the appeal letter is good they'll just cancel the ticket.
 

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Go to court and hope the cop just doesn't show, if he does, ask for PBJ (Probation before judgement).

Although, I would suggest taking a driver improvment course before you head to court...this will make you look better.

Good luck.
 

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I believe in MA, it dont matter if the ticketing officer shows up to court or not. I believe there is one officer there that represents all office. I dont understand how that works but thats what I was told. I myself have never been to court, but I will ask my roomate who has. On your ticket , you shouldve gotten an envelope. Sign the original, and make a photocopy. Mail the original out, and check on the envelope , "Request a Hearing".

When you go to court your best bet is to just admit your fault, and tell the truth. Im sure they have heard EVERY excuse as to why you were speeding. In most cases they will reduce the cost of the ticket, and if your lucky it wont go on your insurance.

I feel for you on the insurance deal, MA sucks for getting insurance. You cant really look for a good deal, since they are all controlled by the state, cost-wise.

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rlee said:
anyone experienced with MA laws??? sophie?? dragion??? tomc?? my friend said i can write an appeal letter and send it in along with the citation and the envelope requesting a hearing... is that true?? and if the appeal letter is good they'll just cancel the ticket.
I thought the first speeding ticket in Mass doesn't go on your record. Mine didn't but then again this happened in 1995. I'd appeal it, I had a 75 in a 35 zone and got away without any problems.
 

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I thought the first speeding ticket in Mass doesn't go on your record. Mine didn't but then again this happened in 1995. I'd appeal it, I had a 75 in a 35 zone and got away without any problems.
How'd you get away with it?? Details please!! PM me if you can.. Also does anyone know about the 'first ticket not going on record' thing?? if thats true then i dont mind paying the fine cuz its only 75. but how would they know that i had a ticket before if they dont put it on the record??
 

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rlee said:
lambchop11078 said:
I thought the first speeding ticket in Mass doesn't go on your record. Mine didn't but then again this happened in 1995. I'd appeal it, I had a 75 in a 35 zone and got away without any problems.
How'd you get away with it?? Details please!! PM me if you can.. Also does anyone know about the 'first ticket not going on record' thing?? if thats true then i dont mind paying the fine cuz its only 75. but how would they know that i had a ticket before if they dont put it on the record??
I was caught speeding in Dorchester going to Boston Bowl. I just checked off that I wanted to appeal the ticket. I got back a date in the mail when the court hearing is going to occur. Went there in a dress shirt, tie, khakis, dress shoes, and jacket. Spoke to the magistrate, originally he was going to drop the fine down to $50. It was around $300. I gave him a story that I wasn't familar with the area and I didn't see the sign and the police must have gotten the wrong guy. During the time I had a Honda Civic so I blended in with the ricers. He gave me a warning and told me to drive safely next time and that I was free to go.

Moral of the story, image is everything. Look professional and act very courteous in front of the magistrate.
 

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Well peeps I'm a Police Officer in Illinois. There are a couple of things you can do here in Illinois but that's in Illinois. First of all don't depend on the Cop not being there. We get notices way ahead of time to let us know you are going to be there so we plan appropriately. It happens but it's a slim chance. Second of all there should be a contigent plan as in a traffic school to work the points off. If the Police Officer didn't tell you then ask the Judge. Also look for mistakes on the ticket, we are always rushing and if the Officer is not a good officer there will be mistakes. Last and least ask if his radar was calibrated and tested some officers(once again those who are not on the ball) do not take time and calibrate there instruments before their shift.

Once again if all else fails looking sharp and talking sharp may help. For the future get a good radar detector(valentine one is the best, picks up my instant on from other cars before I see you)

But you didn't hear that from me.
 

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Well peeps I'm a Police Officer in Illinois. There are a couple of things you can do here in Illinois but that's in Illinois. First of all don't depend on the Cop not being there. We get notices way ahead of time to let us know you are going to be there so we plan appropriately. It happens but it's a slim chance. Second of all there should be a contigent plan as in a traffic school to work the points off. If the Police Officer didn't tell you then ask the Judge. Also look for mistakes on the ticket, we are always rushing and if the Officer is not a good officer there will be mistakes. Last and least ask if his radar was calibrated and tested some officers(once again those who are not on the ball) do not take time and calibrate there instruments before their shift.

Once again if all else fails looking sharp and talking sharp may help. For the future get a good radar detector(valentine one is the best, picks up my instant on from other cars before I see you)

But you didn't hear that from me.
 

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lambchop11078 said:
rlee said:
lambchop11078 said:
I thought the first speeding ticket in Mass doesn't go on your record. Mine didn't but then again this happened in 1995. I'd appeal it, I had a 75 in a 35 zone and got away without any problems.
How'd you get away with it?? Details please!! PM me if you can.. Also does anyone know about the 'first ticket not going on record' thing?? if thats true then i dont mind paying the fine cuz its only 75. but how would they know that i had a ticket before if they dont put it on the record??
I was caught speeding in Dorchester going to Boston Bowl. I just checked off that I wanted to appeal the ticket. I got back a date in the mail when the court hearing is going to occur. Went there in a dress shirt, tie, khakis, dress shoes, and jacket. Spoke to the magistrate, originally he was going to drop the fine down to $50. It was around $300. I gave him a story that I wasn't familar with the area and I didn't see the sign and the police must have gotten the wrong guy. During the time I had a Honda Civic so I blended in with the ricers. He gave me a warning and told me to drive safely next time and that I was free to go.

Moral of the story, image is everything. Look professional and act very courteous in front of the magistrate.
Thanks for the info. I'll keep that in mind. I was also in an area that I was unfamiliar with, North Andover. It was the boonies and I live in the center of Boston.. I dont mind the fine, I just dont want it on my record. Anyhow, you hang around Boston Bowl?? I'm there like every other night!
 

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rlee said:
lambchop11078 said:
rlee said:
lambchop11078 said:
I thought the first speeding ticket in Mass doesn't go on your record. Mine didn't but then again this happened in 1995. I'd appeal it, I had a 75 in a 35 zone and got away without any problems.
How'd you get away with it?? Details please!! PM me if you can.. Also does anyone know about the 'first ticket not going on record' thing?? if thats true then i dont mind paying the fine cuz its only 75. but how would they know that i had a ticket before if they dont put it on the record??
I was caught speeding in Dorchester going to Boston Bowl. I just checked off that I wanted to appeal the ticket. I got back a date in the mail when the court hearing is going to occur. Went there in a dress shirt, tie, khakis, dress shoes, and jacket. Spoke to the magistrate, originally he was going to drop the fine down to $50. It was around $300. I gave him a story that I wasn't familar with the area and I didn't see the sign and the police must have gotten the wrong guy. During the time I had a Honda Civic so I blended in with the ricers. He gave me a warning and told me to drive safely next time and that I was free to go.

Moral of the story, image is everything. Look professional and act very courteous in front of the magistrate.
Thanks for the info. I'll keep that in mind. I was also in an area that I was unfamiliar with, North Andover. It was the boonies and I live in the center of Boston.. I dont mind the fine, I just dont want it on my record. Anyhow, you hang around Boston Bowl?? I'm there like every other night!
Yeah, I used to hang around at Boston Bowl every weekend. It was always the typical Friday night at Avalon, Roxy, or Embassy then Chau Chau City then Boston Bowl then back to Chau Chau City for Dim Sum. Then the scenario repeats itself Saturday night. I haven't been down at Boston Bowl for quite some time though.
 

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First speeding ticket, don't sweat it my friend, it happened to me too. I was going back to Umass Amherst, and I was went 62 in a 40mph zone. My ticket came out to be $195, and I appealed it. The cop who issued the ticket doesn't have to show up, all they need is the ticket itself and that's enough evidence for them to nail you. What happened was I got my $195 ticket reduced to $50, and I said, (you can shove it up your ass) no, and I ended up losing my hearing, and I appealed again. 2nd time it's a judge, and the cop MUST SHOW UP, or you go free. The cop didn't show up, so I was free.
First moving violation does go on your record, but you just don't get points for it, but your points will not go down like a clean record would. I hope this helps you. The key is to talk with like you da man, and always appeal. Good Luck
 

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First speeding ticket, don't sweat it my friend, it happened to me too. I was going back to Umass Amherst, and I was went 62 in a 40mph zone. My ticket came out to be $195, and I appealed it. The cop who issued the ticket doesn't have to show up, all they need is the ticket itself and that's enough evidence for them to nail you. What happened was I got my $195 ticket reduced to $50, and I said, (you can shove it up your ass) no, and I ended up losing my hearing, and I appealed again. 2nd time it's a judge, and the cop MUST SHOW UP, or you go free. The cop didn't show up, so I was free.
First moving violation does go on your record, but you just don't get points for it, but your points will not go down like a clean record would. I hope this helps you. The key is to talk with like you da man, and always appeal. Good Luck
Alright, so let me get this straight... It'll go on my record if im found guilty, but my points won't go up, meaning my insurance premium will not raise?? Is it like that with all insurance companies?? I have safety insurance..
 

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Rav4skyracer said:
First speeding ticket, don't sweat it my friend, it happened to me too. I was going back to Umass Amherst, and I was went 62 in a 40mph zone. My ticket came out to be $195, and I appealed it. The cop who issued the ticket doesn't have to show up, all they need is the ticket itself and that's enough evidence for them to nail you. What happened was I got my $195 ticket reduced to $50, and I said, (you can shove it up your ass) no, and I ended up losing my hearing, and I appealed again. 2nd time it's a judge, and the cop MUST SHOW UP, or you go free. The cop didn't show up, so I was free.
First moving violation does go on your record, but you just don't get points for it, but your points will not go down like a clean record would. I hope this helps you. The key is to talk with like you da man, and always appeal. Good Luck
Alright, so let me get this straight... It'll go on my record if im found guilty, but my points won't go up, meaning my insurance premium will not raise?? Is it like that with all insurance companies?? I have safety insurance..
 

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Re: well shi!t, i just got my first speeding ticket... help?

rlee said:
hey i just got my first speeding ticket :pissed: officer said i was doing 70 in a 45 zone [he checked off radar + estimate on the ticket], but he said he'll let me slide and charged me 75 instead of 300. anyhow... i cant afford this to go on my record and raise my insurance, what can i do?? request a hearing and hope the officer doesnt show up??? what if he shows up?? what should i say, i never been to court before.. also i heard about some defensive driving school i can go to that will take the points off?? i dont see that option on the ticket... please help, i really cant afford this ticket on my record, im paying around 3500 a year already. please help!!!
How old are you?
 

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Well peeps I'm a Police Officer in Illinois. There are a couple of things you can do here in Illinois but that's in Illinois. First of all don't depend on the Cop not being there. We get notices way ahead of time to let us know you are going to be there so we plan appropriately. It happens but it's a slim chance. Second of all there should be a contigent plan as in a traffic school to work the points off. If the Police Officer didn't tell you then ask the Judge. Also look for mistakes on the ticket, we are always rushing and if the Officer is not a good officer there will be mistakes. Last and least ask if his radar was calibrated and tested some officers(once again those who are not on the ball) do not take time and calibrate there instruments before their shift.

Once again if all else fails looking sharp and talking sharp may help. For the future get a good radar detector(valentine one is the best, picks up my instant on from other cars before I see you)

But you didn't hear that from me.
what kind of mistake should i be looking for?? he wrote down that my car is "grey", but it's actaully silver. however on my registration, it's noted as "gray". is that anything i should look into??
 
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