Q: I got a speeding ticket for going 15 over a year ago, could I take a defensive driving class now to reduce points?
And reduce the penalties to my insurance? Or is it too late?
A: Likely not - at least not yourself. What you should have done is hire the cheapest traffic attorney you could find to have handled the ticket correctly for you in the first place. Since that ship has sailed, you now likely understand why paying it off (if that is what you did) was a really bad idea because your insurance went up and you took a hit in the wallet. But it seems you still haven't learned your lesson because it appears you may still want to try and do things yourself. You likely need to do what is known as a Motion for Appropriate Relief this is likely not something you can successfully do yourself. So what you ought to do, is what you should have done in the first place which is go find the cheapest traffic attorney you can find who is willing to do this for you. It will likely be somewhere in the $500 range but should save you money in insurance costs. In the future, if you get a traffic ticket, just hire an traffic attorney. For around $400 (plus or minus) most average tickets can be handled without you going to court and with no license points or insurance increase and some attorneys will even let you make payments over the course of several months so it isn't so much coming out of your budget all at once. Best of luck.
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