Hello, I hope to help you with your question today. Sorry to hear about your holiday being ruined by a speeding ticket. As a former prosecutor I know how expensive tickets can be and I also know how much of a pain it is to have a trial for one. My suggestion to you is to contact the prosecutor and try to come up with a resolution. Prosecutors are allowed to reduce a fine or even give you a stay of adjudication, which means it does not go on your driving record. If you speak calmly and respectfully XXXXX XXXXX attorney he or she is very likely to help you. You may need to wait a few days until the citation and paperwork has reached the prosecutor's office. They are unlikely to speak with you until they have the information in front of them. Speaking to the officer will not help you, once they write the ticket they are pretty well stuck.
However, if you are adamant that you were not speeding at all, then you should ask for a trial on the citation . If the police officer does not show up for court then you win. If you have any witnesses to your driving conduct that day, you should bring them to court with you. You could get a lawyer but certainly don't need one for a court trial. Speeding tickets are no jail time so you do not get a jury trial, only the judge will make the decisions.
If this is your only speeding ticket then your license will not be suspended for this speed over the limit. (I assume you were on a freeway because you talk about an exit)
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If you have a clean record they almost always will reduce the fine or do something to keep it off your record for you. Sometimes you do have to pay more money to keep it off your record but overall is cheaper than increased insurance.
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