I just got a ticket for violating § 1225-d
of the NY code. Is it worth fighting this ticket? What can I expect to gain or lose from pleading guilty or not guilty?
* I don't own a car, and I don't pay for car insurance. If this will affect car insurance rates down the line, then it might be an issue, but let's just say that I don't care about any points or anything like that for the next year or two.
* I was putting down a GPS. I was not actively pressing any buttons or anything, but I understand that the onus is on me, and that they may well not believe me. Also, they may not care, I'm not sure how the wording of the law matters vis a vis holding vs using.
* The ticket is $130. Taking off of work will be exceedingly hard, but depending on time of day/day of week, it might be doable; the Traffic Violations Bureau is about fifteen minutes from the office.
* I have a clean record. This is my first ticket. I'm 25, and I've had a license for 6 years, so it's not like I have no record of safe driving.
Anything else I'm forgetting, I'll be happy to add.
My first instinct is to plead not guilty, but if it will automatically lead to a court date, where I'm likely to be found guilty anyway, I'll skip it., especially if there's any other fees then tacked on.
But if there's a fair chance that I'll be given an easier way out…