Worth it to throw myself on the mercy of the court?
August 23, 2011 11:11 AM Subscribe
Just got a ticket for misuse of a turn lane. Any point going to court to contest it or try to make a deal? (YANML)
posted by terrierhead to law & government (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I just had a really stressful doctor's appointment where I was told that I need a surgery. In my dazed state, I went looking for a bakery that I used to visit (and which had moved), and wound up going straight in a turn only lane. No accident resulted, and I'm pretty sure that the cop who wrote me the resulting ticket actually saw my face-palm when I realized I was in the middle of an intersection and was too far forward to take the required right turn.
The ticket is for $110 and an unknown "convenience" fee if I pay it online. I also have the option of going to court next month. If I choose the court option, is there any chance of explaining my situation and getting the fine reduced or waived? I'm living pretty close to the edge financially, and that $110 would really hurt. Is there any way to find out if I have any points for this offence?