Q: What should I do? How bad of a punishment can I get? How likely is this punishment?
I am 19. I just received my first speeding ticket and now I have a mandatory court appearance for going 85 in a 55; I was speeding to make it on time to my class.
A: Speeding 26-34 mph over the posted limit is a Class B misdemeanor - a criminal offense. Technically, it can be punished by a maximum of 6 months in jail and a $1,500.00 fine. However, as your first ticket the maximum penalties are very unlikely. The goal would be to reduce to the offense and avoid a conviction on your record. Penalties such as traffic safety school, fines and potentially community service are more common. Because it is a criminal offense, legal representation is encouraged.
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