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Speeding Ticket in Arlington, Pay or Court?
  • Bella Luna July 9, 2012 - 9:57 am #51986 Reply

    I received my first speeding ticket in my 10 years of driving! My intention was not to speed, I rarely do it, I just didn't notice, I was going 39 in a 25 area on Washington Blvd. I have the choice of paying the ticket or go to court. I'm planning on going to court to see if I can get the fine lowered. What's your suggestion? Pay up or go to court? (I know I have to pay either way, but does going to court and asking to lower the fine, since it is my first ticket, make any difference?)

    JamesE July 9, 2012 - 10:04 am #51987 Reply

    I would say get a traffic lawyer if you want it dropped/reduced but their fee might cost more than the ticket.

    novasteve July 9, 2012 - 10:10 am #51988 Reply

    First, don't speed. Second, if you're worried about a fine, and not points, what is your opportunity cost? Will you lose more money from taking off work than you'll save from getting the ticket lowered?

     

    Don't forget this is how they raise revenue, so you you'd probably have better luck taking time off to fight points than to get a fine lowered.

    Swag July 9, 2012 - 10:16 am #51989 Reply

    Don't you have to pay court fees even if you win? Even if you got the ticket reduced, you might not come out ahead.

    courthound July 9, 2012 - 10:21 am #51990 Reply

    Between Route 50 and Pershing? I see people blow through there all the time.

    A word of warning about paying it – doing so admits guilt. While it may be the cheaper and quicker way out of it your insurance could see it as justification for a rate increase.

    Get a lawyer (which costs around $300) and go fight it. Since this is your first ticket you will likely get it lowered to 34 in a 25 (9 MPH make a huge difference) and let off with a warning. If nothing else it will be a good civics lesson. The time and money involved will be a better lesson than the inconvenience of just paying the fine and facing a huge insurance bill in a few months.

    Tabby_TwoTone July 9, 2012 - 10:46 am #51991 Reply

    Agree with the dashing coffee drinker.

     

    I got a camera speeding ticket in DC. I fought it, stating that my GPS at the time had me going the speed limit, and linking to articles about how unreliable those cameras are. Heh. I won.

    redstang423 July 9, 2012 - 11:01 am #51992 Reply

    I believe you have the option to take a course to remove points. If it is your first offense, you may actually not even receive enough points to increase your insurance. I think you get something like 2 “grace” points. At least I did with GEICO. As far as the fine itself, steve's post says it well. They'll possibly knock a few bucks off but it may not be worth the time and hassle.

    speonjosh July 9, 2012 - 12:08 pm #51993 Reply

    courthound said:

    Between Route 50 and Pershing? I see people blow through there all the time.

    A word of warning about paying it – doing so admits guilt. While it may be the cheaper and quicker way out of it your insurance could see it as justification for a rate increase.

    Get a lawyer (which costs around $300) and go fight it. Since this is your first ticket you will likely get it lowered to 34 in a 25 (9 MPH make a huge difference) and let off with a warning. If nothing else it will be a good civics lesson. The time and money involved will be a better lesson than the inconvenience of just paying the fine and facing a huge insurance bill in a few months.

    Probably not that area, since it's not 25. 35, in fact, where it would be almost impossible to get a ticket for going 39.

    contractor July 9, 2012 - 12:21 pm #51994 Reply

    Bella Luna said:

    I received my first speeding ticket in my 10 years of driving! My intention was not to speed, I rarely do it, I just didn't notice, I was going 39 in a 25 area on Washington Blvd. I have the choice of paying the ticket or go to court. I'm planning on going to court to see if I can get the fine lowered. What's your suggestion? Pay up or go to court? (I know I have to pay either way, but does going to court and asking to lower the fine, since it is my first ticket, make any difference?)

    You were speeding. Your intent or previous driving habits mean nothing. If you can't control your speed, don't drive. So pleading not guilty won't work. You might get the fine lowered for some reason, but I don't know how.

    I've seen other traffic courts in Virginia let people choose a special driving school instead of pleading guilty or not guilty. I watched a judge say it all day: “guilty, not guilty, or school?” School would suck, but it would get you out of fines or points. You'd have to show up and have them lecture you about going slower and then go home (slowly).

    John Fontain July 9, 2012 - 12:33 pm #51995 Reply

    Pay the fine and move on.  From a financial perspective, it isn't worth the time to go to court only to possibly have the fine reduced $50 or so.  And this isn't going to affect your insurance rates as some others have suggested.  You have a clean record, this is a first offense in 10 years (record captures 7 years), and most pure speeding violations aren't even reported to insurance (excessive speed is because it's reckless driving).

    VaGurl July 9, 2012 - 12:49 pm #51996 Reply

    dynaroo said:

    Bella Luna said:

    I received my first speeding ticket in my 10 years of driving! My intention was not to speed, I rarely do it, I just didn't notice, I was going 39 in a 25 area on Washington Blvd. I have the choice of paying the ticket or go to court. I'm planning on going to court to see if I can get the fine lowered. What's your suggestion? Pay up or go to court? (I know I have to pay either way, but does going to court and asking to lower the fine, since it is my first ticket, make any difference?)

    You were speeding. Your intent or previous driving habits mean nothing. If you can't control your speed, don't drive. So pleading not guilty won't work. You might get the fine lowered for some reason, but I don't know how.

    I've seen other traffic courts in Virginia let people choose a special driving school instead of pleading guilty or not guilty. I watched a judge say it all day: “guilty, not guilty, or school?” School would suck, but it would get you out of fines or points. You'd have to show up and have them lecture you about going slower and then go home (slowly).

    best idea – pretty much with a clean record, you can go ask the court for driving school. take it, (which is about 50-100 bucks a pop) but as long as you stay ticket free for 6 months, you wont have points on your record. which, is the big thing since no one wants insurance to go up for a stupid speeding ticket. Laugh

    TJ July 9, 2012 - 2:39 pm #51997 Reply

    Curious as to the location as I thought most of Washington Blvd was at least 30 (only higher between 50 and 395).  Was this a school zone, or inside Clarendon maybe?

    speonjosh July 9, 2012 - 2:47 pm #51998 Reply

    TJ said:

    Curious as to the location as I thought most of Washington Blvd was at least 30 (only higher between 50 and 395).  Was this a school zone, or inside Clarendon maybe?

    Good question. Westover, maybe?

    UA July 9, 2012 - 2:48 pm #51999 Reply

    Fight it and hopefully you get stuck with the fine and court costs.  You admit that you were wrong, suck it up and take responsibilty for your actions.   

    TJ July 9, 2012 - 2:53 pm #52000 Reply

    speonjosh said:

    TJ said:

    Curious as to the location as I thought most of Washington Blvd was at least 30 (only higher between 50 and 395).  Was this a school zone, or inside Clarendon maybe?

    Good question. Westover, maybe?

    Westover is 30 (except for the Swanson school zone)

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