Q: I am given a highway sign violation ticket instead of speeding ticket in a neighborhood. Court or pay online? I am clean
The summon is in general court of Arlington County. I do not want any demerit points in my DL. I have a +1 point in my DL and it has been clean since I started driving.
Paying online is easier and more convenient, but is an admission of guilt to the ticket. Failure to obey a highway sign will result in 3 demerit points being added to your record.
If you want to try to get a reduction, you must go to court and ask the judge to reduce the ticket.
The officer seems to have already cut you a break. Highway sign typically looks better than speeding so the judge may be reluctant to cut you anymore of a break. Be prepared to explain why you are deserving of an additional reduction. The officer likely already knew you had a good record and factored that in. Additional reasons would be helpful.
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