Philadelphia, PA asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania

Q: Should I try to get the points dropped from my speeding ticket?

I received a speeding ticket a few days ago. I was driving 58 mph in a 35 mph and got clocked by a speed trap. I received a ticket carrying 2 points. The officer wrote the ticket for driving 45 mph in a 35 mph and gave 2 points instead of 4 to "save us both a trip to court". He did write in the notes "Actual speed 58 mph".

I have never received points on my driving record before, no accidents, etc. I am relatively young (23) and fear that this will jack up my insurance. I am willing to pay the fine amount but want to know if it's risky to plead not guilty, show up to the court, and attempt to make a deal involving paying the fine and dropping the points from my record. Is this a risky move? Could I wind up getting more points AND paying the fine? Thanks!

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Peter N. Munsing

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  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: The cop was trying to cut you a break. If it's a state trooper no way will they drop anything. Even a local obviously felt that if you were doing 23 over that you need to get something more than a no points. A district justice will likely note that the cop was trying to be lenient and decide to give you the full amount. If it is a local officer suggest you try speaking with him. If he says no, he means it.

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