i got a speeding ticke in lake county indiana on 6/21/12. My family lives in lake county, indiana, however I live in florida and was home to attend a family funeral (aunt). i was driving my mom's car, she was with me, and we were actually driving to visit my dad's gravesite when i was pulled over. The officer walked to the car, told me why he stopped me, asked for license, registration and walked away. about 5 mintues later he returned with speeding ticket in hand. wow, was i surprised. really. he asked no questions, nothoing, very cold, noot that i expected him to chat, but maybe, just maybe he would have let me off with a warning if he had known why i was there. Anyway, i am 59 years old, have a clean driving record...no tickets, nothing. all he said was that i live out of state, i should contact city clerks office to find out what to do if i can't appear for the court date in september. i did call clerks office, was told there was nothing i could do, i couldn't take a traffic/driving class to keep the 4 points off my license. was told i would have to appear in front of the judge to ask him/her if i could take the class. any advice
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Indiana
called city clerk's office. not very helpful or forthcoming with information on what i can do since i'm out of state.
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16 miles over limit. no other violation is on the ticket
Hi Mary,I am really sorry to hear of your circumstances. It is unfortunate when a police officer uses his "discretion" to put stress on a person by giving a speeding ticket, rather than using his/her "discretion" to give a verbal warning. Maybe s/he thought that you would just "pay the ticket" because you are from out of state.Each jurisdiction handles traffic violations differently. The cost of the ticket varies from city to city. And, whether you are allowed to take a class to eliminate the points from your record varies from court to court. It is within the judge's discretion as to whether you are able to take a class to eliminate the points. And, in some jurisdictions, there is a "deferral program" in which you pay the cost of the ticket and an additional court cost, and if you get no violations within a period of time (set by the judge), then your ticket would be dismissed.Because you live so far away, it makes it more difficult for you to go to court and attempt to resolve the violation in your favor. HOWEVER, you may wish to contact an attorney who specializes in traffic law in the city/county in which you received the ticket. Sometimes, a telephone consultation may be free or at a minimal cost. You can discuss the specific facts of your case, evaluate your options and decide how to proceed. Because this matter is a "civil infraction," an attorney may appear on your behalf and resolve your case without your attendance. If you just "pay the ticket," the conviction and points will transfer to your Florida Driver's License. It may be less expensive to hire an attorney in Indiana to represent your interests. If the attorney can get the ticket deferred, or the attorney can get the judge to allow you to take an on-line course to avoid the points, it will be worth the cost of the attorney to do so. That way, your insurance rates won't go up.In any case, it would be well worth your time to speak to an attorney. Below is a link to the Indiana Bar Association Attorney Referral Page. You can contact the Association and get a referral to one or more attorneys in the area in which you received the violation. You can then contact the attorney for a telephone consultation.http://www.indybar.org/community/lawyer-referral-service/
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