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Have You Ever Fought a Ticket in Court?

Freshwire 2013/02/14 23:31:55
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Most of us do our best to follow the rules when we're on the road, but life happens. Maybe you were running late to a meeting, risked going a few miles per hour over the speed limit, and got caught; maybe you didn't realize there was a "No Right on Red" sign and went for it, even though you know there was a police car right behind you. Even talking on your phone can get you in trouble in most states.

Whatever your experience with getting (or avoiding) traffic tickets, we want to hear about it. If you have a minute or two, take our 8-question poll, and feel free to explain yourself in the comments section! It's rarely a simple story.
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  • Darr247 2013/02/15 21:56:19
    Yes, and won
    Darr247
    +6
    You should always fight them. There's always the chance they won't even show up, and even if they do the fine is usually the same whether you lose or if you just signed the ticket and paid.

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  • Holly 2013/03/18 16:36:10
    No
    Holly
    No tickets so far!

    tickets
  • kiara 2013/03/06 22:49:25
    No
    kiara
    not had one
  • Charmaine Warren 2013/03/04 08:28:23
    No
    Charmaine Warren
    Never had a ticket.
  • Dan 2013/03/04 03:28:01
    Yes, and won
    Dan
    I have respect for law enforcement., but every group has it's morons. Columbia SC 1989. While leaving gate 5 (if I remember right) a police officer pulled me over for crossing the center line. The lane outside gate 5 is a single lane that "Y"s into a two lane. You can't choose a lane without crossing the center. He didn't give me a ticket for that. I was drunk. I had open containers in the car. I was driving a car that I had bought but not transfered. So he gives me a ticket for a drivers license that expired while I was still in the military (which makes it valid). He was an obnoxious twit that was still arguing with the judge when I was leaving the court room after the judge dismissed my case. I can still see that idiot looking up at me when I tried to explain that my Minnesota license was valid for military service and saying (in his strong southern accent) "You aint in Minnesota any more boy!"
  • David 2013/03/01 23:10:15 (edited)
    Yes, and won
    David
    In fact, I have fought and won every ticket I've received, in court (sans legal aid), save for two, where I actually did the deeds (speeding).
    _______________________

    Actually, I did "get out of" a ticket I deserved once, but not in court. The officer asked me if I were the person who had gone "above and beyond" to help some folks he happened to know. When I admitted that I was, he noted his connection to the folks, changed the ticket to a warning and waved me on. *shrugs* Sometimes good deeds do become known in the strangest quarters, and--even rarer--they are rewarded. (The folks he noted were simply business acquaintances of mine, but to him they were life-long friends.)
  • Tordgaard 2013/03/01 12:54:12
    Yes, but lost
    Tordgaard
    I fought my one and only ticket (speeding) and lost - but the judge did lower the fine.
  • life.of.insanity 2013/03/01 02:16:39
    No
    life.of.insanity
    No.
  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2013/03/01 01:30:27
    No
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    Just paid the ticket even when I did not deserve the ticket.
  • Sheila 2013/02/28 18:05:40
    Yes, and won
    Sheila
    +2
    Got pulled over for a stop sign that was 100% behind a tree branch. Hell the cop was on the other side of the intersection (4 way stop). He asked if we were crazy to run a stop sign right in front of him. I was so lost and said "What stop sign?" from the other side of the intersection you could see the back of the sign and I said "oh man come on.". The judge agreed with me. They cut the branch.
  • TombstoneJim 2013/02/28 17:45:09
    Yes, and won
    TombstoneJim
    +2
    Weeds concealed the stop sign from view....and I had a photo :-) Ten minutes and viola!
  • Debra Smith 2013/02/28 15:17:25
  • captain 2013/02/28 11:48:22
    No
    captain
    +1
    I deserved the speeding ticket. Guilty
  • Azrael-In GOD we trust 2013/02/28 00:18:03
    No
    Azrael-In GOD we trust
    +1
    Knock on wood, I've been very fortunate. And I hope my luck holds out.
  • the fuze 2013/02/28 00:04:21
    Yes, and won
    the fuze
    +2
    Sort of, I was up on multiple driving violations, they dismissed everything but the seatbelt violation.
  • antiteaparty 2013/02/27 23:33:28
    Yes, and won
    antiteaparty
    +2
    I always force a trial when I get a ticket... more often then not the police will not show up for the trial... I have had several tickets kicked on that and I also got a ticket kicked because they wrote my birth date wrong...
  • WinterLynn 2013/02/27 22:38:58
  • Mike WinterLynn 2013/02/28 18:20:21
    Mike
    and I'll be the next Pope LOL
  • WinterLynn Mike 2013/02/28 18:21:57 (edited)
  • Mike WinterLynn 2013/02/28 18:32:03
    Mike
    If you drive, you will inevitably get a traffic or parking citation sooner or later. Receiving such tickets is a luck of the draw type situation.
    What it doesn't mean is that the fact that you have not received a citation makes you somehow a superior citizen. (which is what I believe your posting is trying to imply)
  • WinterLynn Mike 2013/02/28 18:38:56 (edited)
  • TheBadOne 2013/02/27 22:36:21
    Yes, and won
    TheBadOne
    +2
    Technically, the decision is split 1-1 in terms of tickets I've fought in court, but I did win once on a technicality.
  • CKarliner 2013/02/27 21:25:45
    No
    CKarliner
    +1
    neh, waste of time.
    I've heard of folks beating the speeding tickets by figuring the officers days off and changing days so he/she wouldn't appear and other stories but I wonder if they're just urban legends.
  • Knot_Rich 2013/02/27 18:47:59
    Yes, and won
    Knot_Rich
    +2
    Every single time. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but even when you lose they usually reduce the fine by 50%.
    You have to remember one of the major purposes of tickets, revenue raising is right up there with enforcing the law. They write so many tickets they cannot hear each case individually, so they normally herd a months worth together and tell them plead guilty now and the fine will be reduced 50%. It brings in their budgeted income from fines, and it saves them the money of hauling the patrolman in, along with the magistrates time, to hear every case.
    You'll never win or get our fine reduced by simply accepting the fine and paying it, and the state will happily take all you wish to pay out.
  • Sheila Knot_Rich 2013/02/28 18:07:41
    Sheila
    +1
    Cool info! Thanks!
  • ♥Nicole A♥ 2013/02/27 16:23:20
    No
    ♥Nicole A♥
    +1
    Good luck beating it
  • MW121 2013/02/27 15:38:57
    Yes, and won
    MW121
    +2
    I made an illegal u-turn in a residential area that I was not familiar with. Apparently there was a no-u turn sign that I didn't see.. Took the ticket then went back to the area, and realized you couldn't see the sign, so I took a video of it, some pictures and went to court. After the judge saw the pictures, he awarded me the victor.. Yippee...
  • SonofSpermcube 2013/02/27 14:55:45
    No
    SonofSpermcube
    +1
    Future post by Freshwire:

    "Have you ever been charged with contempt of court after you accused the police officer who wrote your ticket of having sex with first order relatives?"
  • Sheila SonofSp... 2013/02/28 18:09:28
    Sheila
    +1
    Sorta like this? (NOT ME!!!)

  • LdyLeo 2013/02/27 13:57:56
    No
    LdyLeo
    +1
    Take the ticket like a man or woman.
  • irish 2013/02/27 12:57:54 (edited)
    Yes, and won
    irish
    +2
    it was a totally bogus ticket too. the cop claimed i didn't stop at a stop sign. he came around a bend in the road as i was starting up from my stop. he then followed me down the road and couldn't help but see some guy making a u-turn in front of me ,yet he drove off and the u-turn didn't get a ticket. i pointed this out to the magistrate and also the fact that in 40 yrs of driving i have never had a ticket. he dropped it.
  • Patric 2013/02/27 12:10:16
    Yes, and won
    Patric
    +2
    Pleaded guilty ... schocked the judge and the state cop both..

    judge asked what I was doing . explained I am guilty and asked for some slack ..

    reduced the speed, the costs and most important , reduced the points against my record.

    judge and cop both were really help full ...
  • ruru 2013/02/27 06:21:31
    Yes, but lost
    ruru
    +1
    Got a ticket for failure to yield. I turned left on a hill. They said I didn't turn high enough on the hill.
  • marty 2013/02/27 04:43:06
    Yes, and won
    marty
    +1
    Well, with a lawyer
  • cmdrbnd007 2013/02/27 04:09:12
    No
    cmdrbnd007
    +4
    Haven't had s lot of tickets but have deserved everyone I got.
  • munda 2013/02/26 22:18:27
    No
    munda
    +2
    Never had to.
  • ..::localeye::.. 2013/02/26 21:51:50
    Yes, and won
    ..::localeye::..
    +1
    I always fight tickets and had a couple thrown out.
  • Fannytoots 2013/02/26 20:12:25
    No
    Fannytoots
    +1
    never went court
  • Mr.Steve 2013/02/26 13:05:39
  • Stan Weinstein 2013/02/26 08:11:18
    Yes, but lost
    Stan Weinstein
    +1
    I ended up paying for the ticket plus court costs. You're guilty till proven innocent.
  • JimShou 2013/02/26 04:33:00
    Yes, and won
    JimShou
    +1
    Honest officer...it wasn't me
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