Site Donor 2023
- Jan 9, 2009
- New England
Ah, that reminds me of the first ticket I ever got, the day I got my first new car at 17-and-a-half years-old (new to me, I mean - it was ten years-old!) I was driving home from my first day with the car and got caught by a cop in a known spot. I guess I was too excited to notice I was going 15 over at the time. Anyway, my parents made me get a lawyer as punishment, using up all of the remaining money I had saved over the previous three summer working in construction - ouch! As it turns out, the lawyer wasn't needed! There was a program in place called, "Probation Before Judgement" or something like that. If you were under 18, your first offense (if not too severe), would be expunged from your record after a year of no tickets. No class required. The only thing the lawyer did was get us to the head of the line (I felt like a total tool, with everyone watching me as I went right to the head of the line with my lawyer, who knew the prosecutor (or whomever we saw). We were in and out within 10 minutes. My parents were relieved, but I felt duped, having spent so much for the fines, fees AND lawyer! Lesson learned - get a radar detector and pay more attention to my surroundings (e.g., don't fly through a known freaking speed trap area, dumb dumb!)
Originally Posted By: ZeeOSix
I got a speeding ticket for 20 mph over and was able to go to "traffic school" to keep it off my record. But it still cost me the full fine ($207). Figured I'd rather pay the $207 to keep my record clean vs getting the fine cut down in court and have the ticket on my record.