Foster, RI asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island

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.

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Matthew T. Marin
Matthew T. Marin
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Charleston, SC
  • Licensed in Rhode Island

A: 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 limit, there is a realistic possibility that the Traffic Court could seek to suspend his license. Moreover, even if he simply pays the fine he (and you) will be looking at substantially increased insurance rates for such a young driver.

Our advice is always the same: seek the advice and counsel of an experienced traffic ticket attorney to assist you. There may be defenses to the ticket that you are not aware of and there may be legal avenues available to resolve the ticket without an increase in insurance rates.

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