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        09-05-2013, 12:44 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bitinsane    
    On a serious note, would it be worth showing up in traffic court for? The officer put the wrong date and time of incident...he put it occurred 9/5 at 1am. It happened at 9/4 at 1pm. The conditions described on the ticket say it was light out, dry, with moderate traffic. Anyone think I'd have any chance? Everyone is telling me to fight it....
    Around here it used to be if you showed up to court there was a good chance to get a reduced ticket. These days the city/county/state need money so bad that no one is getting their tickets reduced. At least they are still dismissing tickets if there's a good reason to.

    What I would do is call and ask if there is a diversion program, they are just not for drinking and driving...Biggest advantage of diversion is the citation gets dismissed so your insurance company doesn't raise your rates.
         
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        09-05-2013, 12:52 PM
      #22
    Showing
    OP, I don't know where you are, so have no clue about the type of violation in your state for driving while talking on the phone. You might want to look that up, and see if it's worth going to court over. If it's a minor violation with no points, just suck it up and pay the ticket. Won't affect your driving record or your insurance.

    The officer couldn't tell you how much it is because the police don't set the fine amounts, the courts do. If you do go to court you'll have court costs on top of the fine, so you'd better be darned sure it's worth fighting.
         
        09-05-2013, 12:58 PM
      #23
    Trained
    If you don't hire an attorney for this you will see your insurance rates go up after you pay the ticket.
    Not just saying this bc my DH is a trial attorney and does a lot of traffic. It's just the way it is.
    Next time use your cruise, don't drive over the limit in small towns, in case you do this. These are great places for the cops to set speed traps.
    DH has gotten this one client off 4x, but says he won't be able to save her license again. Just food for thought.
         
        09-05-2013, 01:09 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by OutOfTheLoop    
    Why would you fight it, ypu broke the law? Makes me fell sorry for my significant other who is an officer, having to deal with people wanting to fight tickets so they don't habe to pay them. Nonsense. Pay the **** thing and put it behind you.
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    Well no crap. If you read my post I said everyone is telling me I should fight it. I don't think I should, but everyone is pushing me too which got me curious as to if it was possible. Calm down. It said if I can prove with phone records that I wasn't on the phone at the time of violation, that I can win. Since the officer put down time of incident at 1am on the completely wrong day, I can prove that I wasn't on the phone at that time lol
         
        09-05-2013, 01:20 PM
      #25
    Foal
    Everyone should ride horses. Everyone would be safer.
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        09-05-2013, 01:28 PM
      #26
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bitinsane    
    It said if I can prove with phone records that I wasn't on the phone at the time of violation, that I can win. Since the officer put down time of incident at 1am on the completely wrong day, I can prove that I wasn't on the phone at that time lol
    You won't win. The officer would have called the stop in, so there's a record of the date and time. He probably has a dash camera as well, which would also have recorded the date and time. All the court will do is ask him to amend the date and time of the ticket. It's a myth that you can get a ticket dismissed for an error like that. You were on the phone at the time of the stop, so it's a valid ticket.
         
        09-05-2013, 02:05 PM
      #27
    Foal
    I would pay the ticket and move on. Because if you go to court not only will you have to pay the ticket if you lose, but you will also have to pay court costs on top of it.

    Be thankful it wasn't in CT. First offense is $150, 2nd is $300, 3rd is $500 and after the third you very well could lose your license for 6 months.

    I hate distracted drivers they cause more accidents.
         
        09-05-2013, 02:24 PM
      #28
    Green Broke
    OP, I'm sorry to hear you got a ticket. Really bites, haha. I would just pay the ticket and move on. You could get the fine reduced, but sometimes it's not worth the hassle.

    I have a serious lead foot. Frankly, I am a terrible driver. I've been pulled over multiple times, but have 'eye-batted' my way out of tickets... I really should be more cautious, because someday my luck is going to run out.
         
        09-05-2013, 02:49 PM
      #29
    Green Broke
    I could tell horror stories ALL day about car accidents my firefighter/medic/police father, my fiRefighter BIl and I have responded to for people doing "the little things" like not using turn signals and ignoring signs. But I think everybody is capable of realizing that anything can happen.

    OP its definitely not worth fighting for a mistake like the ticket has. There are MULTIPLE other electronic records of it like SR said. So you'll more than likely end up paying the ticket+court costs.


    I would just pay and move on.
         
        09-05-2013, 03:17 PM
      #30
    Yearling
    I have a heavy foot, and am working on that. Part of the reason I like cruise control. Then I can set it to the speed limit and stay there! Distracted driving does bother me. Especially texting. At least with talking on the phone you can still look at the road. Not that I agree with it, but I think texting is the stupidest thing ever. Hands free I'm fairly ok with. I mean, yah you might say talking to someone is distracting, but so is talking to your passenger in the vehicle. They haven't outlawed that! :)
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