Can I get my ticket reduced by going to court?
December 4, 2007 11:29 AM Subscribe
I was ticketed for running a red light in Los Angeles. I'd like to go to court and plead no contest and ask for the fine to be reduced. Is this a good idea, or a waste of my time?
posted by Bella Sebastian to Law & Government (21 answers total)
I know I ran the red light and I don't have plans to try to weasel my way into a "not guilty" verdict. I also know that showing up in court and hoping the officer won't show is pretty pointless. However, the fine is quite high--once traffic school is factored in, my guess is it'll be above $450. My husband is a graduate student, I'm a pastry chef, and to say we are not rolling in money is an understatement.
I want to go to court, acknowledge my mistake, explain my financial circumstances, and very nicely ask the judge to reduce the fine. Is this a common occurrence? Would it just make the judge angry that I've come to plead no contest and waste the court's time? For what it's worth, I have a completely clean record--no other accidents or tickets, and over 10 years of having a license. I have read other threads about getting out of tickets, but I know it varies from location to location. I'm most interested in hearing from people who have done similar things, or who have experience with the LA traffic court system. Thanks!