Depending on your age and experience, it is sometimes possible to negotiate a warning ticket . If that were available, why would you choose a PJC? There are also non moving violation options available. I would advise hiring a local attorney. You may find that it ends up costing you less to hire an attorney than paying the court costs associated with the PJC.
Your odds greatly improve with an attorney on board.
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Yes, you do. Only a reputable attorney can increase your chances of a favorable outcome on this one. You stand very little chance on your own.
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Having an attorney who is knowledgeable in the law and (perhaps more importantly) in the court where you are appearing is an indispensable asset. You could probably pull your own tooth, but it makes sense to go to a dentist.
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Considering you don't know what it's called, that's probably a good indication you don't know when you need a prayer for judgement continued and when you don't. Here's a hint - that's not a great result with an original charge that slow and no priors unless you had shouting match with the officer where you basically cussed him out. Then...maybe, yeah, let's try to get the judge to agree to a PJC.
Attorneys can often resolve cases better than google/ your friend/co-worker/ helpful stranger who told you that you need to ask for a PJC. This isn't a reflection on your intelligence. You're not an attorney. You don't go to court every day. You don't know the law, but you also don't know the local policy. A local attorney could handle this in less time and expense than it would cost you personally to sit in court for 2+ hours on a weekday and probably get you a better result than you thought. Best of luck to you.
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In this situation, where you have no prior tickets and a relatively low speeding infraction, you may be able to get the ticket dismissed or reduced to a non-moving violation. However, that is hard to do as an individual. In most situations, the DA's are more likely to negotiate and give better deals when they deal with experienced traffic attorneys. This is because a traffic attorney knows how the system works, has experience in negotiating down tickets with the DA, and is able to do it in an efficient manner. You may want to consider hiring an experienced traffic attorney in your area that may be able to help you with this ticket without you even having to show up to court.
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I recommend hiring a traffic defense lawyer who regularly handles tickets in the county in which you were cited. The chances are very good that you will get this ticket either dismissed, or negotiated to a nonmoving violation that spares you increases in your car insurance premiums. Hiring a lawyer to handle this for you is worth your while, for sure.
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