Q: Ticket says speeding but officer told me impeding traffic
Hi, I got pulled over for speeding and the officer told me he wrote me up for impeding traffic so I don’t get points on my record, but in the ticket the charge still states speeding but he wrote impeding traffic in the comments section. He then said just let the court know it’s for impeding traffic. When I go to pay do I just say it’s impeding traffic and they’ll acknowledge it like the officer said, or do I need an informal hear to change the charge.
A: If it says Speeding, in the area on the ticket, right below where it says, In Violation of (probably Local Ordinance), then the charge is speeding, and the notation of Impeding Traffic in the remarks section is not controlling. If you just pay the ticket, you will be paying for a speeding ticket. I doubt that the Clerks at the counter can do it, so yes, you will almost certainly need to request an Informal Hearing, as you suspect, to get an agreement to reduce the charge to Impeding Traffic, which does not carry points and does not go on your driving record if you take care of it on time. You can ask the Clerks, but they will probably tell you that you have to have a hearing. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
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