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Help with out of state traffic ticket (NY)

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Steeze, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. Steeze

    Steeze Senior member

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    I was driving in upsate NY in the middle of nowhere trying to make a redeye in NYC and I hadn't seen a car for 100 miles. Literally not one car. I'm cruising at around 75 in a 65 trying to make good time back to the city. Apparently it dropped down to 55 and a state trooper picked me off and claimed I was doing 80 in the 55. I say yes sir and no sir and play dumb. I've never had a moving violation but he doesn't let me go. I suppose he shouldn't have.

    A few questions:

    Should I plead not guilty and string it out?
    How much with this ticket likely cost? The DMV says 6 points, but I'm wondering how much cash.
    Will it affect my insurance even though it's my first ticket?
    Should I just pay it?
     


  2. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    back in the goold ol days (a few years ago), my friends and I inevitably racked up any number of tickets while traveling upstate to hockey games. We'd always write to the DA in the issuing town with an apology and an assurance to keep a more vigilant eye on the roads and our speed, and then some story how it'd be difficult to take time off to travel to court so if there was anything he could do to reduce this, blah blah.

    My last 80 in a 65 was turned into some lame non-moving violation with a marginal fee and no points [​IMG]

    I don't know if DA's are like that any more.
     


  3. dragon8

    dragon8 Senior member

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    I don't know if NY is a state where you can fight a ticket by mail but if itis I'd string itout as long as possible and they will eventually drop it.

    How did they catch you? By radar gun?
     


  4. Steeze

    Steeze Senior member

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  5. mussel

    mussel Senior member

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    Take a defensive driving course will shave 4 points off your record and reduce your insurance rate by 10% for 3 years. You can take it online for $28.
     


  6. dragon8

    dragon8 Senior member

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    Yep radar gun

    I would fight it. Plead not guilty and ask for a court date. Ask the officer all sorts of questions about calibration of the gun, training with it, where did he aim at etc. More than likely he's not going to remember .
     


  7. intent

    intent Senior member

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    Don't bother fighting it. Your only real chance of winning is if the officer doesn't show up. Ask yourself---is it worth the hassle of driving back to a court there and waiting for up to hours to speak with a judge?
     


  8. deadly7

    deadly7 Senior member

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    I would fight it. Plead not guilty and ask for a court date. Ask the officer all sorts of questions about calibration of the gun, training with it, where did he aim at etc. More than likely he's not going to remember .

    From personal experience none of this matters. Even if you have an airtight argument, no traffic judge will give a shit.
     


  9. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

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    Write a letter to the DA and ask for a reduction. Worked for me, got a response in a matter of days.
     


  10. chrispy179

    chrispy179 Senior member

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    I would fight it. Plead not guilty and ask for a court date. Ask the officer all sorts of questions about calibration of the gun, training with it, where did he aim at etc. More than likely he's not going to remember .

    Yah theyre not going to bother with that. Its a speeding ticket, it will cost you like 250$ and will be done with
     


  11. robw

    robw Senior member

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    Are you a NYer? It depends where but in most upstate counties you can negotiate a plea to something that isn't a moving violation, so you pay (and they get your $) but no points. If you PM me where upstate I may be able to give you more specific info.

    Often pays to reach out to a local lawyer, if the points mean a big increase in your insurance premiums.
     


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