I was just given a speeding ticket for 30 mph over in Delaware (speeding in excess of 25mph in a residential district), caught by radar. I have a DC license, and no points currently on my record. Should I just pay the ticket directly or contest the ticket? I'm worried about points getting on my record.
Thank you for your question. Be sure to go ahead and bookmark www.nateanswers.com for future questions.Delaware has a probation before judgment program that you may qualify for if you have no prior record. There will be requirements to be completed that will ultimately result in the ticket being dismissed. The prosecutor and the court must agree to the probation. If this happens, you will have no points assessed.In most cases, the probation will have some base requirements like traffic school and community service. The requirements depend very much on the court and the judge.You will have to appear in court. There is no way to take care of the ticket otherwise without paying it, which is an admission of guilt and points will go on your record.Please click 'Reply To Expert' unless you consider this dialog complete and you are 100% satisfied with my service (not the website or the situation). If you are ready to rate my service, selecting anything less than 3 out of 5 will negatively affect my rating. Thanks.Nate
Thank you for the response. I appreciate its thoroughness, but had a few quick follow-ups as well.
Yes. The District will recognize that suspension. Both Delaware and the District of Columbia are part of the Interstate Driver License Compact, meaning they share driving offense information.As the speed was fairly excessive, it would be advisable to to retain counsel if you can afford it to negotiate on your behalf. I'll be here if you need more help.Please rate my service. Remember, anything less than 3 stars will result in me not being compensated today for my time, knowledge and advice. We can still continue afterwards.ThanksNate
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Thank you for the quick responses. I really appreciate it, and it helped me get a better idea of what options I have available. It's going to be a tough decision to weigh the financial penalties versus just taking the points (and possible suspension), but your advice definitely helped. Thank you.
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