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Q: Will it be easier to hire a lawyer to request 'good driving record' plea?

I am going to be out of country on the date mentioned on my citation. I have good driving record for last 5 and a half years. Is there a way I can request a dismissal before I leave?

Matthew T. Marin
Matthew T. Marin answered on Oct 24, 2017

In Rhode Island, a Lawyer can represent you at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal to enter an admission seeking dismissal under the good driving statute. If you are leaving the Country, it is in your best interest to get your affairs in order with the lawyer well before you leave.

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Q: Will a judge accept the 3 year clean record if I was a month away from 3 years clean?

I got a speeding citation (40 in a 30) towards the end of July. The officer told me about the out of state (I'm a MA driver) 3 year record defense. I checked my record and I was probably a little over a month away from 3 years at the time of citation. Would a judge reasonably accept the defense or... Read more »

Matthew T. Marin
Matthew T. Marin answered on Aug 15, 2017

In that situation I believe that it is worth the shot. While you may not be technically eligible for application of the Good Driving Statute, they Prosecutor and the Judge may give you some leeway since you are so close. As always, your best bet is with an experienced traffic court attorney by... Read more »

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Q: If someone can't afford the price of the speeding ticket they got are they able to work it off with community service?
Matthew T. Marin
Matthew T. Marin answered on Aug 5, 2017

Unfortunately, the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal does not exchange community service in lieu of court fines and court costs.

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Q: My 17 yr old was given a summons for speeding.... what does this mean? Will his license be suspended?

Do we just appear in court for the fine?? Can he use 1st offense plea? He was going 70 in a 40.

Matthew T. Marin
Matthew T. Marin answered on Aug 1, 2017

If he is 17 years old then he will not be able to use his good driving record. A good driving record requires no moving violations within the past 3 years and he has not been licensed for a full three years at this time.

Given his age and that he was ticketed going 30 mph over the speed...
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Q: If I was pulled over for speeding in RI, and I'm from MA, can I pay the ticket online?
Matthew T. Marin
Matthew T. Marin answered on Jul 27, 2017

No, currently you cannot pre-pay your ticket online. You can pay the ticket by mail with a check and you can attempt to call the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal (401-275-2700) with your ticket number and pay it by phone. The State is upgrading the computer system and you may be able to pre-pay... Read more »

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