Ontario Resident that got speeding ticket in NY State
May 22, 2014 11:54 AM Subscribe
I'm a Canadian that got clocked doing 81 in a 65 in upper NY state a few days ago. I'm trying to figure out my options.
posted by hylaride to Law & Government (13 answers total)
I got clocked doing 81 in a 65 on my way home to Canada on I-90. My court seems to be the town of Sheridan. The fine for this seems to be in the $380 range, but apparently you have to be convicted or plead guilty before you even know what the fine is (this is the opposite of Ontario where you see your fine and you can decide to fight it or not). Since NY State has reciprocity with Ontario this means I'll get the demerit points transferred onto my record.
On top of that, the cop moved as fast as he could to issue me the ticket. He didn't even ask if i knew how fast I was going, lower the speed to the next tier (which is fairly routine Ontario if you're not a complete jackass to the cop) or anything. My Canadian rental car didn't have a MPH bar on the speedometer, so I was just (I felt) cruising with traffic. Google is full of stories from other Canadians and apparently this is a well known corridor where the cops like to nail out of state plates, which kinda makes sense as he nailed me and not the car in front or behind that were cruising with me.
I've talked with a few lawyers and they say that the local prosecutor is usually happy to plead you down to the equivalent to a "bad parking ticket that you'd get parking in front of hospital ER entrance or in a handicap spot" that'll run me about $175 and won't go on any permanent record. They seem to enjoy doing this as then the town and not NY state will get the fine money. The cheapest lawyer is quoting $250 which would put my full cost at $425, which is more than $380 if I just plead. I can't represent myself as it'd be too much time off work to go down.
However, my driving record is actually pristine and though I don't own a car and don't plan on owning one (so insurance isn't really an issue) I think maintaining a clean record may be worth it, and I can easily afford either option.
So my question is, can anybody tell me if I have any other options or recommendations? Any experiences to share?