July 11, 2011 12:21 PM Subscribe
I got a ticket for biking on the sidewalk in NYC. What do I do next?
posted by greta simone to law & government (48 answers total)
This is my first ticket of this nature. Pretty much there are two options as I see it:
1) Pay the $25 ticket (thereby pleading guilty)
Pros: Convenience. I don't have to go all the to the court house from Brooklyn to deal with the hassle. Cons: Pleading guilty, having a blemish on my 'record'.
2) Go to the assigned court date, fight the ticket, pleading not guilty.
Pros: Possibility of getting ticket dropped. Cons: The hassle of going, with the possibility of it not getting dropped.
What should I do here? I'm not sure of the real, if any, consequences of paying/pleading guilty. Also, if MeFi deems it worthy to go to court to fight it, what are best practices to help get it dropped? Thanks for the help!