I was in a 50 mph zone and I was pulled over by an officer for going 66 mph. He did give me a ticket and He told me I can come into to court and possibly get the ticket amended and not get any points on my insurance since this is my first ticket ever and my record prior was clean. I looked at the ticket and I tried to pay it online but it said I have a “mandatory court appearance”, is this situation more serious than a normal traffic ticket court case? I’m scared of the possible consequences. Also, on my ticket it states that my car is unlawfully operated. I’m not sure what that means either? It says on the ticket that my insurance was checked so I’m unsure of what is wrong. I was 21 at the time of traffic stop too. Will I have a bad outcome in court and what should I do ?
Your situation is more serious than a violation for being 5 or 10 mph over the speed limit. Without seeing the ticket I cannot say for certain why your appearance in court is mandatory but it is likely due to how much over the speed limit the officer alleged you were going.
You can appear in traffic court without an attorney and can even speak to the parish attorney about a reduction in your charge. However, I recommend consulting with an attorney who will have the experience and knowledge to obtain the best outcome for you.
Good luck to you.
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