So I made a horrible lapse in judgment and went 120 in a 55 zone and got a TA-21-801.1 stating 120 in a 55
TA-21-801(a) Driving vehicle in excess of reasonable and prudent speed on highway 120
And TA-901.1(b) Negligent driving vehicle in careless and imprudent manner
The ticket says it doesn’t require me to appear in court and I was wondering would would happen if I didn’t so I can weigh whether to fight it but fighting would be hard since affording an attorney would be very difficult for me
120/55 is a 5 point ticket. The other two tickets are 1 point each assuming it was not an accident. If it was an accident, they are 3 points each. In Maryland, you receive points for the highest ticket so if you pay them all so you would receive 5 points.
Do not pay these tickets. Request a trial and not a waiver hearing within 30 days of the ticket. If the police officer does not appear, you will be acquitted. If the police officer does appear, the judge can reduce the points and/or fines. Consider getting an attorney to represent you.
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5 points for the speed, do not pay it, as that will trigger a point system conference, your insurance rates will go through the roof, and if you already have 3 current points, you'll get a notice of suspension for 6 months. Request a trial date, and I would recommend you hire counsel for this one. That's more than twice the speed limit.
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