Chuck

Prairieville, LA

#1 Mar 7, 2013
Ok, I need advice. I got my first speeding ticket in Baton Rouge. I know no one with connections here, so I couldn't get it fixed. What should I do now? I'm hearing all kinds of things. Some are saying to plead not guilty at the hearing and hope the officer doesn't show up at the trial so it gets dismissed. Some say plead guilty at the hearing and they'll probably downgrade it to a non-moving violation. Some say fight it in court. I really don't want it to show up on my record for insurance reasons. It's for going 45 in a 35. What's the best action?

Since: Mar 10

New Roads

#2 Mar 7, 2013
Chuck wrote:
Ok, I need advice. I got my first speeding ticket in Baton Rouge. I know no one with connections here, so I couldn't get it fixed. What should I do now? I'm hearing all kinds of things. Some are saying to plead not guilty at the hearing and hope the officer doesn't show up at the trial so it gets dismissed. Some say plead guilty at the hearing and they'll probably downgrade it to a non-moving violation. Some say fight it in court. I really don't want it to show up on my record for insurance reasons. It's for going 45 in a 35. What's the best action?
Go pay the fine and ask to take defensive driving so it won't go on your record.
Brissae

United States

#3 Mar 7, 2013
Go pay your ticket and slow ur ass down.
Fixin

Jarreau, LA

#4 Mar 7, 2013
Chuck wrote:
Ok, I need advice. I got my first speeding ticket in Baton Rouge. I know no one with connections here, so I couldn't get it fixed. What should I do now? I'm hearing all kinds of things. Some are saying to plead not guilty at the hearing and hope the officer doesn't show up at the trial so it gets dismissed. Some say plead guilty at the hearing and they'll probably downgrade it to a non-moving violation. Some say fight it in court. I really don't want it to show up on my record for insurance reasons. It's for going 45 in a 35. What's the best action?
Ask Bud
It works

Opelousas, LA

#5 Mar 9, 2013
Pay 5 dollars over the ticket amount. They cant take any more money than what the ticket cost. They have to refund the difference, when they do you get the 5 dollars back in a check do not cash it. Rip it up. They can't close the account with money floating around which means they can't report you to your insurance company. After a couple months the computer will drop you out. You still have to pay. It just doesn't go on your insurance.
pigman

Greenwell Springs, LA

#7 Mar 10, 2013
that is the most ridiculous thing i ever heard of
Just4laughs

United States

#8 Mar 10, 2013
How about calling the DA's office, inquiring as to how to legally keep it off your record while paying the fine!!!
Comment

Franklinton, LA

#9 Mar 10, 2013
Most police don't show up in br for court. Show up and hopefully cop doesn't. If he does, plead guilty asking for it to be kept off ur record and dropped to a non moving violation. They will do it if ur record is clean. If cop doesn't show up your free. U can't avoid it I got one and cop didn't show !
Chad

New Roads, LA

#10 Mar 11, 2013
Most parishes around here will help you out as far as keeping it off your record if you just ask. You will most probably still have to pay a fine, but keeping your insurance down will save you in the long run.
Hardtruths

Opelousas, LA

#11 Mar 13, 2013
Here is a novel idea, pay the fine and thank the officer for helping to keep you and others safe. You lack of attention while driving and speeding in that area may have saved a life. This kind of situation allows people to expose there character. Hopefully you have a Honorable Character deep down inside. Let it out.
Critic

Benton, AR

#12 Mar 13, 2013
You should pay you're ticket! All reputable insurance providers forgive you for your first speeding ticket, unless it is also considered a reckless operation. The D.A. will determine this.
Chuck Epik

Prairieville, LA

#13 Mar 13, 2013
Hardtruths wrote:
Here is a novel idea, pay the fine and thank the officer for helping to keep you and others safe. You lack of attention while driving and speeding in that area may have saved a life. This kind of situation allows people to expose there character. Hopefully you have a Honorable Character deep down inside. Let it out.
Of course, because so many lives were saved by the cop stopping me for going 45 in a 35. I mean, I barely could see what was up ahead driving at those intense speeds. I definitely will have to thank him for saving my life as well as so many others.
Hardtruths

Opelousas, LA

#14 Mar 13, 2013
Humility and admission of wrong doing, whatever slight the infraction may be, it is wrong...is that a hard concept?...character showing...
Clark Kent

Baton Rouge, LA

#15 Mar 13, 2013
Hardtruths wrote:
Humility and admission of wrong doing, whatever slight the infraction may be, it is wrong...is that a hard concept?...character showing...
Yes that's all fine and dandy and a good concept for an after-school special, but dont' give me any BS about how this cop saved lives for giving me a ticket for going 45 in a 35. 75 in a 35, maybe, but no sound barriers were being broken by me driving 45. Besides, the 45 mpg zone was just up ahead in view. Therefore, I don't think I was in the wrong.
therealtruth

Plaquemine, LA

#16 Mar 13, 2013
Hardtruths wrote:
Here is a novel idea, pay the fine and thank the officer for helping to keep you and others safe. You lack of attention while driving and speeding in that area may have saved a life. This kind of situation allows people to expose there character. Hopefully you have a Honorable Character deep down inside. Let it out.
good grief, http://christianworshipcenter.com/ you are a piece of work.

I bet i could follow you for 10 minutes and cite you for 5 violations.

get off your self righteous high horse and stop being a d-bag.
Hardtruths

Opelousas, LA

#17 Mar 14, 2013
wow that hurt, bully (sniff)
Chuck Epik

Prairieville, LA

#18 Mar 14, 2013
therealtruth wrote:
<quoted text>
good grief, http://christianworshipcenter.com/ you are a piece of work.
I bet i could follow you for 10 minutes and cite you for 5 violations.
get off your self righteous high horse and stop being a d-bag.
Amen. My point exactly.
Mikey

Jarreau, LA

#19 Apr 10, 2013
Probably the best thing to do is speak to the prosecutors ahead of time and ask them to knock it down to a non-moving to keep it off your driving record. Some places offer the driving school thing and some will do it anyway. It doesn't hurt to ask. Paying the fine sucks, I know, but having it go on your insurance will end up costing way more than the ticket in the long run.

That old myth about hoping the cop doesn't show up is a waste of your time. The first time you go to court is only an arraignment a lot of times. They don't even subpoena the cop for that, so odds are he won't be there. You then have to come back a second time for a trial and miss still another day of work/school, etc, and you can bet the cop will be there that second time. Don't waste your time and theirs, just get it over with as painlessly as possible.
Chick Epik

Prairieville, LA

#20 Apr 11, 2013
Yeah, Mikey, I did something like that. I suggest anyone who absolutely can't get it fixed do the same as long as you have a spare two hours and some patience. Go in for the court hearing that's on the ticket. The prosecutor calls you in an office for a private meeting. As long as you don't have a bad record or the speeding ticket was too outrageous, he'll immediately scratch off speeding and give you some type of non-moving violation. You pay, and you're on your way. It's done, and your record stays unblemished. When you get a ticket, DO NOT submit and just mail in the payment. You'll have to pay over $200, and it will count on your record and force your insurance to go up. DO NOT do the driving school. You'll still have to pay over $200, pay the fee for the driving school and then have to sit through the hours and hours of driving school. Wait until the court appearance, make a deal with the prosecutor, pay the reduced fine and you're outta there.

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