BACKGROUND: While on my way to school this morning I was going down a large hill (7% grade) with a posted speed limit of 45 MPH. I was coasting down the hill and was stopped by a state police officer at the bottom who informed that he "had me on laser doing 65." I was not paying attention to my speed so I can't say for certain, but I believe that he might have been rounding up. Though I do believe I was somewhere between 55-60. In any case, after a few minutes he returned and said he was "doing me a favor" and gave me a ticket for violating statue 14-298 with a fine of $92 instead of a reckless driving charge for going 20 over. He then informed me that it was considered a non-moving violation which shouldn't affect my insurance and won't add any points to my license. The ticket has no information regarding the posted speed, or the speed I was allegedly going printed in the boxes. This was my first time being pulled.
QUESTION: By pleading guilty, will any points be assessed to my license? If I plead not-guilty, how likely is it that the ticket gets reduced or thrown out or that I may lose and accumulate points
According to Sec. 14-137a-5 of the CT regulations, a conviction under 14-298 will result in a 2 point assessment against your license. Whether or not this has an impact on your insurance is not something a lawyer will be able to definitively answer. It is a bit of a myth that points have a direct effect on insurance. That is really up to your insurance company and how they do business.
The real impact of points is on license suspension. In CT, more than 10 points triggers an automatic 30-day suspension.
With respect to pleading not guilty and the likelihood of a reduction, it's certainly possible but depends on the courthouse and prosecutor. Having an attorney certainly improves your chances.
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