Got a speeding ticket. Only had two in my life, approx. 2006 and 1993. Went to driving school for both so no points. Currently good driving record. New to the area, and reside in Sober Living. Not working currently and don't have any income. Relocated to this area to escape a violent relationship and get my life back together. Duval Sheriff got me coming down bridge on Beach Blvd going 64 in a 45, which is a hefty fine of $254. The car is new to me so I was checking out the manual transmission option for the first time. No excuse, but anyway, I would like to go to court and ask for an extension and/ or reduction in fine given my good driving record. But I don't want to do something that will prevent me from eventually taking driving school to withhold the points from this ticket. If I go to court will it cancel out my option of driving school? Also wondering if a deferral is an option?
Frankly, if you elect a hearing, you are likely to obtain a better result than if you had elected traffic school.
The Judge can give you driving school too but you might get slammed worse with court costs and fines than you would if you simply elected. Or you could use the dough to hire a traffic lawyer. ..
In my opinion, the best defense for any traffic citation anywhere is to hire a local traffic ticket lawyer. I can't speak to the J-ville area per se but in Miami, Fl, where I have been a practicing criminal defense lawyer for nearly a quarter of a century, there are many skilled and experienced traffic lawyers who know the law, the procedure, the Judge and probably the cop. In short you will almost certainly get both competent representation and a better result for a relatively small fee / investment.
I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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There are lots of attorney that concentrate on traffic ticket defense. The fees they charge are normally very reasonable. You should look for one in your area.
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