Q: Is it likely the judge would lessen the penalty or points if I appear without a lawyer?
I'm a 17 yr old MO resident and got an IL ticket for 54 in a 35 construction zone from Alexander Co
I have 2 pts in MO for speeding already. I need my license for work and school and can't afford a lawyer or suspension. Should I just pay or is there a chance going before the judge would help?
A: Due to your age and the type of ticket you received, I believe your ticket should have or has been marked as "Court Appearance Required", which means you do not have a choice in the matter, you have to appear in court on the scheduled court date. Hiring an attorney will help you prevent issues with your license. If you cannot afford an attorney, you should speak to your family to see if they can come up with the funds for an attorney to assist you. The sooner you hire an attorney, the better.
A: Because you are under 18 years of age a court appearance is typically required. In addition, speeding in a construction zone also requires a court appearance. Having an attorney present in court to attempt to reduce the violation and/or prevent a conviction on your record is encouraged but not a requirement.
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