Q: i just got a ticket going 92 in a 65 but the officer knocked it down to 78 in a 65
it is my first ticket and i am 19 years old and i have no idea what i can do especially since he gave me a break what should i do and how much should i expect to pay? it says there is a court notice but no court case number so am i able to just pay it online or do i still have to show up to court? and will this raise my insurance because i am on my own policy.
A: It is great that the police officer reduced your ticket to 78 mph in a 65 mph zone because if you were convicted of speeding 92 mph in a 65 mph zone, pursuant to GA law, you would suffer a 6 month license suspension since you are under 21 years of age.
Assuming, (1) that the ticket is charged on the ticket as 78/65 mph zone and assuming (2) you have a GA driver's license, the ticket will not appear on your GA driving record since it for less than 14 mph over the posted limit and should not impact your car insurance, assuming (3) that you plead guilty to 78/65 mph as initially charged and pay the ticket fine timely.
I would advise following the instructions on the ticket or contacting the court clerk for information about paying the ticket if you decide to plead guilty to the ticket as charged.
I have been practicing law for over 24 years with a focus on criminal defense, traffic tickets and personal injury.
Please do not hesitate to personally contact me if you ever need legal help. If I am not able to assist you with the case, I will always work to point you in the right direction with another attorney.
Stay safe and good luck!
Sean McIlhinney, Esq.
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