This is my first traffic citation, and my bail amount is $162. My citation states, "You may request an ability-to-pay determination to request community service or to be placed on an installment payment plan."
I am thinking of scheduling an Arraignment (although I am not too sure what an arraignment is & what is expected of me), but have a few questions:
Is going to an Arraignment worth the trouble?
Is it likely it will be even reduced, and is it usually a substantial reduction, or more on the line of a few dollars?
As an independent college student who is already thousands of dollars in debt for school, the cheapest route is the best for me. Thank you for your time!
Going to an Arraignment is worth the trouble because you may be offered a “deal” if you agree to not contest the ticket. It is my experience that the fine will be reduced, sometimes substantially. If this is your first offense, you could apply for traffic school. It saves “points” against you on your driving record; however, the school is not free. Some attorneys charge a small fee to appear for you and negotiate the best possible result. You may be helped by seeking the advice of an AVVO attorney who provides free consultations and could appear in court so you won’t have to. If you think this answer is the BEST OR HELPFUL PLEASE MARK
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