Last year I got a speeding ticket on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend while driving with my husband and daughter to our long weekend out of state destination spot. Not cool. I was driving with the flow of traffic that was starting to get congested and I was pulled over about one mile from the tollbooths.
I had no idea why I was being pulled over. When the office came to my window he asked for my license and registration which I already had waiting. He goes on to ask me if there is an emergency. I answered no and he informs me that I was clocked via aircraft doing 85 in a 65. HUH? I was floored. There is no way I was going that fast. There was no way the flow of traffic was going that fast in that area at that time on that day! The officer would not listen to me.
So I get the $258 ticket and decide right then and there that I would be fighting this speeding ticket but I wasn’t going to let it ruin my family vacation. When we got home, I sent the ticket off to request a hearing. I should have gotten help from someone like TicketKick because what happened next was ridiculous!
I get my first letter with a court date. So on the day, I drive one and a half hours out of state to fight my ticket. I get there early and sign in. An officer calls my name within minutes and brings me into a conference room. He offers me a deal. The deal is to drop the ticket to about $150. I said no thank you, I wanted to fight it. At that point he informs me that I would have to come back to fight it. He starts explaining that this is only a Pre Trial conference and that I would have to come back another time to speak to the judge. WHAT! And he offers me the deal again dropping a few more dollars. I decided to continue fighting it.
I received my next court date for the following month. So I drive one and a half hours out of state again to fight my ticket. I get there and sign in. An officer calls me into a conference room and informs me that the officer that issued the ticket was at an accident and would not be able to make it to court. He offers me another deal dropping the ticket to about $125 and informs me that I could take the deal or the case will be continued and I would have to come up again at another time. ARE YOU KIDDING ME! I decide to continue fighting.
Due to the holidays and my husband’s surgery, my next court date was three months later. So, I drive one and a half hours out of state yet again to fight my ticket. I get there and sign in. As usual, an officer calls me into a conference room and this time informs me that the officer that issued the ticket was at another courthouse at a trial. He offered me a deal again but this time for $67. He said that he could call the officer to come there but it may be a waiting game and it wasn’t guaranteed that he would be there that day. BLAH! BLAH! BLAH! I couldn’t afford to keep coming back so I took the deal.
Somehow I feel that I was duped and probably should have stuck to my guns but with all that has happened in the last few months, I was just too tired to continue fighting this speeding ticket.
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