Q: I got a ticket my very first time speeding instead of a citation. Should I try to fight it?
I’m a criminal justice graduate student and I do not want a speeding ticket to ruin my career.
A: “Ticket” and “citation” are the same thing: interchangeable terms. They are the charging document for the traffic violation. Speeding is a minor non-jailable moving violation. It does not come up on a criminal background check. Your future career is safe. If you want to keep it off your driving record, request a trial not a waiver hearing. Take and complete the online MVA Driver Improvement Program. Bring the completion certificate to court. Ask for a PBJ. If granted, there’s no conviction and no points.
Leonard A Englander agrees with this answer
A: I agree with counsel. If everyone who got a speeding ticket got their career dinged, no one would have a career (including quite a few lawyers). It's a very minor offense, especially if it's your first one. Request a trial. You will most likely receive a probation before judgment. I wouldn't worry too much.
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