Q: I received a speeding ticket and I accidentally paid it not knowing you could appeal, I still got a court date though.
I thought you couldn’t appeal the ticket but I still got a court date.
A: Usually what has happened to you is that the money you paid is considered posting bail until you enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. In Law, an "Appeal" is a special term that means taking a case to a higher court after you have a judgment rendered against you. If you didn't enter a plea, there isn't anything to appeal because the Court has not determined your guilt or innocence. You need to appear at your court date and enter a plea of not guilty or see if the Court will make you a better offer to reduce the charges and the fine. You can usually also ask for traffic school if offered in your jurisdiction, to get the ticket off your record, if allowed. There are attorneys that practice Traffic defense in all the states, look for one on Justia or google. Thanks for using Justia, Ask a Lawyer.
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