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I'm a minor (17) got my first ticket today (Careless Driving) and have court in december. What should I expect in court? Will the Cop be there? And was with another car and he got a ticket to... Will he be there to? Cop told me that I should ask for some class? How much is the class if anyone has taken it before? Will I have to share my story to the judge if I plea guilty? Never had any run in with the law no previous tickets or anything. What should I expect? Any incite would be helpful! Thanks
 

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I'm a minor (17) got my first ticket today (Careless Driving) and have court in december. What should I expect in court? Will the Cop be there? And was with another car and he got a ticket to... Will he be there to? Cop told me that I should ask for some class? How much is the class if anyone has taken it before? Will I have to share my story to the judge if I plea guilty? Never had any run in with the law no previous tickets or anything. What should I expect? Any incite would be helpful! Thanks
Every state is different, where you from?
 

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The state will remove one violation from your driving record if you complete a defensive driving course approved by the Department of Public Safety (DPS). This is a one time opportunity. Any subsequent traffic tickets will be assigned to your driving record. To qualify:

You must receive court approval You cannot have been cited for any other traffic violations in the last three years You will need to provide the court with an affidavit stating that you have not received a violation in the three years prior. Learn more on our page covering MS traffic ticket dismissal.

Go to court, there is a chance that the officer wont show up for court, ticket will be dismissed. Otherwise pay the fine and pay more attention to your driving. Oh and tell your parents. Several states anyone can check your driving record. Better to pay a ticket than hiding it from your parents.

If none of this helps, make sure you apply lots of vaseline and get ready to meet your "NEW" husband.
 

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Not sure of your state laws n such. But with my many trips to courtrooms and being your first run in he/she may ask you why you did what you did. Depends on how the judge feels about it.
Be honest and show some respect. Your first ticket ”should” be a slap on the wrist take it for what it is and move on.
The class is a good idea. But find out more in your area. For me in illinois the class ”was” $40 and a couple hours (boring as sh¡t) but it keeps the moving violation off your record. That keeps insurance rates from going up :)
But I don't know laws in your area either.

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Yeah what he said^

And good luck
 

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Not sure of your state laws n such. But with my many trips to courtrooms and being your first run in he/she may ask you why you did what you did. Depends on how the judge feels about it.
Be honest and show some respect. Your first ticket ”should” be a slap on the wrist take it for what it is and move on.
The class is a good idea. But find out more in your area. For me in illinois the class ”was” $40 and a couple hours (boring as sh¡t) but it keeps the moving violation off your record. That keeps insurance rates from going up :)
But I don't know laws in your area either.

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Yeah what he said^


And good luck
The class did you have to take a test?
 

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Hey bro just saw the thread, I've never had a problem with cops in the u.s so I don't know much about the procedures but I know how it feels. Only advice... Drive safe! Don't want to get your stang taken away!
 

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Uhhh jeez that was back when I was in high school. I think we did but I believe we all just went over the answers together. Cant quite remeber?..(I think the court wanted something saying you've completed the class then the ticket was dropped and just payed court fee's)
I have gone a few times and remeber the second time was much better. We had an officer subbing the class and all we did was talk about all our tickets past n present. It was supposed to be 4hrs but he let us go in 2 :)
 

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Uhhh jeez that was back when I was in high school. I think we did but I believe we all just went over the answers together. Cant quite remeber?..(I think the court wanted something saying you've completed the class then the ticket was dropped and just payed court fee's)
I have gone a few times and remeber the second time was much better. We had an officer subbing the class and all we did was talk about all our tickets past n present. It was supposed to be 4hrs but he let us go in 2 :)
That will be nice not worried about the class I'm good in school just worried if parents have to go in front of the judge with me
 

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Ima have to call the court... He wrote the time and I can't read it looks like a 4,7 or a 9 -.- I'll ask a few girls today the always get tickets
 

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In my state(Ky) going to traffic school only takes the points off your license which can help you keep your license if you're close to losing it. Your insurance company can and probably will find the ticket and then raise your rates.
 

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In my state(Ky) going to traffic school only takes the points off your license which can help you keep your license if you're close to losing it. Your insurance company can and probably will find the ticket and then raise your rates.
Hope not or the cop lies lol not worried about that to much just the parents hope I can go to court by myself .
 

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You might need to contact an attorney. Careless driving is equivalent to a dui here in ms.

You're not going to get it reduced nor will the court just forgive it.

What jurisdiction did you receive the ticket in?

O yeh, your insurance will increase to the highest risk category. Prepare to pay well over $300 a month for liability
 

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Get yourself to an attorney.

That and call up your court; ask your questions and get your answers, from the horses mouth so-to-speak, so that you're not going in armed only with some internet "help".

You mentioned something about the vagueness of the ticket issued? I know of people getting their tickets dropped (in the case of speeding) as a result of the fact that the assigning officer not using proper penmanship to properly fill out the document. It works, it really does.

The argument, I believe runs like this:

"You were given a ticket by Officer Ticketman?"

"I was."

"When did this happen?"

"According to the ticket, either four o'clock, 7 o'clock, or 9 o'clock."

"You don't remember the time?"

"I am simply going by the only legal document which has been issued to me. If Officer Ticketman can't be bothered to write legibly..."

... and so on.

You may have a loophole there. One which, depending on the laws where you live (I'm Canadian, in BC), could result in your insurance rates remaining static, no fines being upheld, and no need for traffic school to save points on your license.

Most people do not know that the coppers and flatfoots are expected to fill out their documents properly, cleanly and legibly and that, when they fail in their duty it can excuse you failing to behave according to the law... and again this depends on where you live and the laws therein.

So get to a lawyer, spend maybe $100.00 bucks or whatever the cost to get an hour consultation with a traffic lawyer and see if you can't squeeze your way out of this, free and clean.

Failing that...

... throw yourself on the mercy of the courts. Admit your wrongdoing and express a sincere desire to do WHATEVER the court wants to prove to them you deserve to keep driving and not have your wallet raided by every insurance firm out there.

And failing that...

... lube. Lots and lots of lube.
 

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I went to driving school back in the day, didnt have to go to court and just went to the class (which costs more probably but its off your record)
 

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SpectorV said:
I went to driving school back in the day, didnt have to go to court and just went to the class (which costs more probably but its off your record)
Not like that anymore, careless driving for me was 4 or 5 points, now if you take that class, than stay ticketless for 6 months i believe it is, they drop just 2-3 points off that ticket, still have to go to court, but telling you now it looks a hundred times better when you stand in front of that judge and hand him that paper that says you were mature and took responsibility for your actions ... When I was 17, I racked up 11 points in 1 year, needless too say, I know my traffic court (atleast in NJ).
 
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