Q: Received a citation for going 41 in a 25 MPH zone. Cop said he would cut me a break and cite me for 30 in a 25.
I was the last of four cars in a row pulled over at the same time. I'm not even convinced I was going that fast. He gave me the citation without a total due filled in on line 34. Instructions say to mail in the total amount due written on line 34 in the form of a money order or check. The fine was 35, EMS 10, surcharge 45, and the J.C.P./A.T.J. (whatever that is) 22 dollars. Why would he not total it. Also if mailed can I plead not guilty and just pay the fine. What do I do?
A: You can contest it, and it will be your word vs. the cop's word -- and/or whatever method used by the cop to check your vehicle's speed. How lucky do you feel? And do you want to take off half a day from work to go contest the ticket, and then perhaps lose and have to pay additional court costs for the hearing?
By reducing the mph over the speed limit, the cop is giving you a break by not putting "points" on your driving record. Not a bad deal, honestly. I say it is what it is: pay it, and move on.
Best of luck to you.
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