I was traveling along state route 30. As I am from CT and unfamiliar with this area, I settled behind two NY cars, which I followed for at least an hour before approaching Tupper Lake. A trooper passed our little caravan traveling in the other direction. He doubled back and only pulled me over, not the two NY cars I had been following. He said I was traveling at 74 mph in a 55 mph zone. While I don't think that is true, I can't honestly say how fast I was traveling when he passed us. When I asked him why he would pull me over and not the two cars I had been following behind, he said I was going faster. How is that possible when we had been traveling in a line of three cars for an hour? The trooper said he was only going to charge me with Disobeying a Traffic Control Device, and since he knew I lived so far away and probably couldn't attend a court date, that he would postpone the date for my guilty plea to as late as possible, a month from the traffic ticket. I asked how much the infraction would be if I pleaded guilty, and he said that is up to the court but that I only have 48 hours to plead not guilty, and I would have to come all the way back up to Tupper Lake to court.
You don't have 48 hours to enter a plea (even though it's on the ticket). You have until the return date on the ticket to enter a plea. I know it's confusing, which is why it's always advisable to hire a lawyer. As for fighting the case. it is always worth your while to fight a moving violation, because moving violation convictions trigger insurance increases even when your license and registration is outside of the state where you received the ticket. Hiring a lawyer also gets you off of the hook of going to court the lawyer will go for you. If you have any other questions or concerns reach out and contact us!
Do not plead guilty. Consider hiring a local attorney to handle it for you.
Police officers do not always give accurate information as in this case. An attorney can handle this for you and you would not have to appear in court. If you have any further questions or concerns feel free to reach out and contact us.
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