Last night around 12am I was driving home on my motorcycle. I had just gotten on to the freeway when I merged with the little traffic that was on the road (maybe 4 cars at most) and began pacing traffic. I had nowhere to be, was lesiurely driving along when I got pulled over claiming I was going exactly 80 in a 55. The cop proceeded to tell me that he didn't pull anyone else over (there was a White SUV going faster than I) because he uses a laser gun and it only works on a single target at a time. He also pointed out that he does not pull anyone over unless they are going 30+mph over since it's not worth it (it's a $500 increase from 20 to 25 mph over)
I don't know what to do next? This ticket is way too high...
To provide an accurate viewpoint, it would help to know what court or city jurisdiction your ticket is pending in, your age, and what prior tickets you may have received before. Only then would I be able to make an assessment of the likelihood of a dismissal or a reduced fine. As is, the offense is a
Your speed is NOT subject to super speeder assessment, and a laser targeting a motorcycle is very difficult to do. If it was made by a State Trooper or a local officer are also things to consider. Finally, any traffic offense is subject to a $1000 fine and one year in jail; I know several jurisdictions which charge $728, or higher, for 80/55.
Give a call if I can be of assistance. Good luck.
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Yikes, now that is a ticket!
Consult a local defense attorney in that specific courthouse area to find out what the chances of getting such a ticket reduced in their court is. Likely will be worth a small investment to not pay that type of ticket.
licensed attorney in Montana. Your specific state laws may be different.
You would be unwise to simply pay the ticket as is. Going 25 over carries 4 points on your license, as well as that astronomical fine. Depending on your prior driving history, 4 points can be quite damaging. At the very lease, speak with the solicitor in court to see what can be done to make things a little better. If you don't get any help from the solicitor, consider pleading "not guilty" and getting assistance from a local attorney.
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