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chevalier
11-05-2006, 09:37 AM
I recently got a ticket for running a red light. Normally, I would accept that I broke the law and face the consequences, pay the fine and stop running reds. However, this ticket is for $242! This seems crazy high to me, so I was wondering if anyone has any advice about getting my fine reduced. Should I go to court and plead my (admittedly weak) case? Write in? or is there no hope?

Simple Nature
11-05-2006, 10:40 AM
Please not guilty and show up to court and hope the cop doesn't.

If you plead guilty and pay, often the fine is half the bail (just for saving them the trouble of a court trial).

The former is like playing the lottery :)

jwdoom
11-05-2006, 02:00 PM
Where did you get popped? And did you just blow through the light or do a rolling stop?

chevalier
11-05-2006, 03:26 PM
I was riding east across the hawthorne bridge. It was 10 pm on a monday and I stopped completley at the light at Grand (one way) I looked up the block, saw that the next light was red, saw that there was defintely no risk(=no cars anywhere around) and proceded through the intersection. I have no idea where the cop was, but did see two other pull overs within 3 blocks of where I was pulled over...

Defective
11-05-2006, 08:19 PM
Unfortunately Chevalier, you don't even have a weak case. In the eyes of the law you're guilty. What you do have are mitigating circumstances. I agree with Simple Nature. Pray the cop doesn't show and it gets tossed. If the cop does show up, admit your guilt, but also include your mitigating circumstances (no traffic, good visabilty etc.). Above all else, be humble and remorseful, or at least appear to be! Good luck!

chevalier
11-06-2006, 07:17 PM
Well thanks for the advice, I'll cross my fingers and go to court.

taisau
11-07-2006, 04:26 PM
Yes, just plead not guilty, go to court, the cop must be there, and he doesn't want to be. Before the trial, just approach him and say you'll plead guilty if he'll reduce the fie to the absolute min, which, depending, can be $72. He gets to ride around on his bimmer, you save $. Win/win. kinda.

nishiki
02-05-2007, 09:05 AM
I recently got a ticket for running a red light. Normally, I would accept that I broke the law and face the consequences, pay the fine and stop running reds. However, this ticket is for $242! This seems crazy high to me, so I was wondering if anyone has any advice about getting my fine reduced. Should I go to court and plead my (admittedly weak) case? Write in? or is there no hope?

So what happened? Did you get it reduced or did you explain your case to the judge?
Just got my first one for going through yellow... How would you deal with it on day of court?

Thanks,

Donald
02-05-2007, 10:21 AM
I'm really not sure how anybody gets it into their head that traffic cops don't show up for court...

That's their bread and O/T butter and it's how some of these traffic cops make upwards of six figs...

Betting that a traffic officer doesn't show up is worse than playing Vegas. It's like giving the dealer your money before she deals the cards.

Now, if you get popped by a patrol cop for something eggregious, maybe, but the dudes who only do traffic (and that's what it sounds like here: travel in packs and appear out of nowhere) will be at their court dates, that's a promise.

_DA

dan
02-06-2007, 02:18 PM
I'm really not sure how anybody gets it into their head that traffic cops don't show up for court...

That's their bread and O/T butter and it's how some of these traffic cops make upwards of six figs...

Betting that a traffic officer doesn't show up is worse than playing Vegas. It's like giving the dealer your money before she deals the cards.

Now, if you get popped by a patrol cop for something eggregious, maybe, but the dudes who only do traffic (and that's what it sounds like here: travel in packs and appear out of nowhere) will be at their court dates, that's a promise.

_DA

Years ago, when I still had a car, I was on the phone, ran a red light, and totally t-boned a minivan. The cop came and I got a ticket for running a red and a ticket for reckless driving...when I went to my court date, neither the cop nor the people in the van showed up. I got to go home, and it didn't even go on my insurance. PS...I'm not an asshole.

Donald
02-06-2007, 08:26 PM
Years ago, when I still had a car, I was on the phone, ran a red light, and totally t-boned a minivan. The cop came and I got a ticket for running a red and a ticket for reckless driving...when I went to my court date, neither the cop nor the people in the van showed up. I got to go home, and it didn't even go on my insurance. PS...I'm not an asshole.

Way to stick it to the man! See, I think you got whatever patrol cop was nearest, and not a dedicated traffic cop. Those traffic cops will show up for court. I still offer that as a promise.

(and nobody said you were an asshole, as far as you know)

;-)

nishiki
02-07-2007, 08:43 AM
Hope is all I have for that ridiculous ticket.

I ve had one ticket before while driving a car and accepted the fault, but I have to admit that passing a yellow on my bike and getting a ticket for 242 that goes onto your driving records is a really really tough one.

If it was just the $ amount it would be somewhat ok, but the fact that if I get pulled over driving a car, the officer will find a red light infraction on my records that just does not make me look like a good driver.

in the 15 years that I have been driving, I have never been in one single accident.

mike_khad1
02-07-2007, 11:28 AM
Hope is all I have for that ridiculous ticket.

I ve had one ticket before while driving a car and accepted the fault, but I have to admit that passing a yellow on my bike and getting a ticket for 242 that goes onto your driving records is a really really tough one.

If it was just the $ amount it would be somewhat ok, but the fact that if I get pulled over driving a car, the officer will find a red light infraction on my records that just does not make me look like a good driver.

in the 15 years that I have been driving, I have never been in one single accident.
Does a "moving violation" on your bicycle affect your auto insurance rates?
This may be more expensive than the 242 for the fine. You might try to fight the ticket and hope to settle for a lesser offense - like not wearing a seatbelt - lol.

nishiki
02-07-2007, 12:14 PM
Does a "moving violation" on your bicycle affect your auto insurance rates?
This may be more expensive than the 242 for the fine. You might try to fight the ticket and hope to settle for a lesser offense - like not wearing a seatbelt - lol.

yes exactly, I don t know if it will affect insurance on a car... I don t have one right now anyway but...
That s a good idea BTW, like not wearing a seatbelt. what is the fine on that?

brock
02-07-2007, 03:30 PM
like not wearing a seatbelt. what is the fine on that?

I got pulled over some ten years ago for not wearing a seatbelt, the fine was waived when I attended a seatbelt safety seminar (complete with gory crashes and stuff).

Did you get your ticket downtown?

nishiki
02-09-2007, 08:20 AM
I got pulled over some ten years ago for not wearing a seatbelt, the fine was waived when I attended a seatbelt safety seminar (complete with gory crashes and stuff).

Did you get your ticket downtown?

Hey Brock,

I got the ticket crossing SE 39th street.