I was issued a ticket for "Failure to obey lawfully erected signs", instead of a speeding charge, where I was going 55mph on a 40mph road. The officer let me off a little easy since it was my first ticket. I have a choice to show up to court, or just pay the fine. I was wondering if I should prepay the ticket (which will be about $100), before my court date, and on how to get the judge to deduct the 3 points that will be held against me. I am a 20 year old male and a Virginia resident.
If you pre pay , you admit guilt and are convicted and there would be no mechanism to avoid the loss of points.
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Points are assigned by DMV. The judge cannot drop them. To avoid points the charge itself would have to be dropped or amended to a charge with no points. A local attorney may be able to advise you as to the likelihood of your judge doing so.
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The judge won't do anything about the points and prepayment also will not do anything with the points. You can check with a local attorney about the likelihood of getting the charge amended to an offense that does not carry any demerit points. Additionally consider appearing in court rather than prepayment. You never know what might happen that day. If you prepay you foreclose all options.
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