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Old 12-22-2011, 10:09 PM   #1
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Reckless Driving Ticket

So. Jeep got me in trouble up here in Jersey during my job training. Gas light was on, had like half a gallon left. Waiting at a light to turn left, light turns green, NO CARS MOVE for like 15 seconds. After blaring on the horn like 5 times, I go over the median to go to the gas station across the street. Cop pulls behind me.

Reckless driving ticket, 5 points, max fine $200. I may have to come back up here for court but I hope not. Points will not transfer over to Maryland so I'm not worried about it at all.

Anyone have any advice? Should I just eat the fine if I don't have to appear? It's 5 points, but points SHOULDN'T transfer back here to maryland with me...

PS I'm 19 and this is my first offense.

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I mean, you kind of deserved it. I've done the same thing though, so I'm not lecturing. I just don't see you fighting that to easily.

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Your points on your license go with you no mater the state. Sorry, but your insurance is what is going to hit harder and longer then anything.
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You did the crime man up and pay the fine.
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Must be an east coast thing. Everyday i go to Starbucks i have to drive over the median or else drive a mile down the road pull in to a driveway. Then drive a mile back to get coffee only to have to turn around and drive back the other way. But I needs my coffee in the morning.
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Well stinks but best to pay up. Dought you will win that battle bud.

I would call the court house for the area you recieved the ticket. SOME...not all states permit a "buy out" on first tickets where you pay extra to not have anything on your record. BUT..you can not recieve a ticket for anything for a year or two or it will appear on your record if you do. I hope they have a simular type system you can use.

As stated if on record your insurance is now going to kill you being 19. Doesn't matter what company you go with.
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Must be an east coast thing. Everyday i go to Starbucks i have to drive over the median or else drive a mile down the road pull in to a driveway. Then drive a mile back to get coffee only to have to turn around and drive back the other way. But I needs my coffee in the morning.
I can't afford Starbucks every day so I don't run into that prob! lol more like fivebucks
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I know I'm gonna eat this for a while. Was a dumb decision, but as my dad said when I told him, we all make them and it's part of life. Need to live and learn.

If I'm not required to go to court, should I even go? Or should I just pay the fine, and eat the consequences. I know my insurance is gonna get hit, but that's something I'll have to deal with.
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I'm no lawyer and don't know if it's even possible but you could go to court and try to get it changed from 'reckless' driving to something with less impact on your insurance. Like making an illegal left turn or something. Maybe the cop that wrote the ticket won't show up and it will get dropped.
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Always go to court. It will never hurt. What's the worst that happens? You leave with the same charge you walked in with. Always go and try to get it lessened or removed.
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Not sure about jersey, but in Cali, if the cop doesn't show up to court the ticket is dismissed. Also if the cop does show up, you have the option of traffic school.

Another thing you should do is research jersey's vehicle code... If you were given the incorrect violation for what you did, you will win in court.
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Not sure about jersey, but in Cali, if the cop doesn't show up to court the ticket is dismissed. Also if the cop does show up, you have the option of traffic school.

Another thing you should do is research jersey's vehicle code... If you were given the incorrect violation for what you did, you will win in court.
That is different per state. In some they don't have to be there, although they get a good amount of overtime if they do, so they will try.

You messed up, it happens. That's life, gotta keep on truckin' bud.
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Illinois is so crooked you can literally just follow the officer to the court house and pay an additional $100 (only in cash of course) and ticket? What ticket?
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Don't count on him not showing IF you copped an attitude. Back of the ticket was for making notes.......There were some that I went out of my way to show up for.
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In Nevada, a reckless ticket requires you to carry an SR-22 for 3 years. Your insurance is going through the roof and the SR-22 is like an extra $300 a year. Go to court, get it reduced!
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Don't count on him not showing IF you copped an attitude. Back of the ticket was for making notes.......There were some that I went out of my way to show up for.
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im glad Mississippi doesnt have that point system junk. Heck I got a reckless driving ticket for doing a burn out way back when. It was during crusing the coast all you had to to do was go up to the judge and say I did a burn out during crusing the coast and he would just dismiss it.
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:43 AM   #19
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First of all, every jurisdiction is different. So, call the court, explain to them that you live out of state, and see if you have to show up. Where I used to work, reckless driving tickets were a mandatory court appearance. Then call your insurance agent and see how it is going to affect your insurance, since it varies from state to state if the points transfer or not. After that, then decide if you want to pay up or fight it.
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go to court, don't tell 'em you were in a hurry. Tell them you thought the car in front of you had stalled and it was the only way around it.

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In MI I think they take your license at 6 points? Not sure though.... 5 points is a lot man. Anything you can do to lesson that will help w/insurance.
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Depends on the relationship between MD & NJ. Points don't transfer between NJ & PA, they might not make it to MD either.

If no points, pay the fine by mail and heed the lesson. If points transfer, go to court, they are usually willing to switch charges to a pointless one that might have a slightly higher fine. To lose the points it's worth it.

You are not going to skip the fine. It's a revenue stream.
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I am a cop in south jersey so i'll give u a little advice.

The points, i believe, will transfer as Maryland is a recipicating state with Jersey (So is PA sparky) which means the NJ DMV alerts Maryland of your infraction, Wreckless driving.

So call the number on the back of the ticket and plead NOT guilty. You will be sent a letter with a new court date which will be in a month from now. Go to court and again state you plead not guilty to the judge and advise you want to speak with the prosecutor. Tell the prosecutor u did wrong and was hoping to avoid points but will pay a higher fine. He will run ur driving history and, if your clean, will plea it down to Unsafe driving, NO points but a $300 or so fine. Done

Take the fine cause $300 is a LOT less than the $3000 surcharge you'll be hit with from your insurance company over the next 3 years.

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I know I'm gonna eat this for a while. Was a dumb decision, but as my dad said when I told him, we all make them and it's part of life. Need to live and learn.

If I'm not required to go to court, should I even go? Or should I just pay the fine, and eat the consequences. I know my insurance is gonna get hit, but that's something I'll have to deal with.
Can't you go to driving school instead and get no points on your record? Or is that only with regular traffic violations?

Ps- did you actually drive over like a concrete slab or was it just double/quadruple yellows lines?
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go to court, don't tell 'em you were in a hurry. Tell them you thought the car in front of you had stalled and it was the only way around it.

hehe...

In MI I think they take your license at 6 points? Not sure though.... 5 points is a lot man. Anything you can do to lesson that will help w/insurance.
Sounds like a great idea. Break they law and then rather than paying the fine and taking your lumps go to court and commit perjury.
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I'd just eat the fine and eat the ticket...

which is what i did with my wheelie ticket a couple months ago...
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what mjf said or call and ask for deferred adjudication.
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Can't you go to driving school instead and get no points on your record? Or is that only with regular traffic violations?

Ps- did you actually drive over like a concrete slab or was it just double/quadruple yellows lines?
It was a mound of grass in the middle between the two roads.

I'm probably gonna go and plead no contest. Hope for the best.
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Talk to your insurance agent. Most of the time the first ticket won't hurt you. Go to court, plead guilty and ask for the mercy of the court stating you were from out of state, didn't know the laws, and were trying to keep the flow of traffic going.
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I know I'm gonna eat this for a while. Was a dumb decision, but as my dad said when I told him, we all make them and it's part of life. Need to live and learn.

If I'm not required to go to court, should I even go? Or should I just pay the fine, and eat the consequences. I know my insurance is gonna get hit, but that's something I'll have to deal with.
i think you should go if you're able to. it's been my experience that showing up in court will usually result in a lower fine/penalty. you don't need to go there with the intent that you will get off scott free, just tell them why you did and you're sorry and i bet you will get the fine reduced.
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I'd just eat the fine and eat the ticket...

which is what i did with my wheelie ticket a couple months ago...
i would never do that. maybe its different here in virginia, or the judge was just having a good day, but i sat in court with my husband for over an hour and a half watching cases and was shocked to see that every person who came to court over a speeding ticket or reckless driving got a reduced fine/penalty, including my husband.

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