If I was pulled over while going 59 in a 25 and was wondering if hiring an attorney is a good idea for this and what the possible consequences are?

I was pulled over; the violation was speeding 11 mph. Is it even worth fighting since it was so much over the limit? I turn 18 in a month.

Asked on November 6, 2015 under General Practice, Rhode Island


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it is worth hiring an attorney, and no it's probably not worth "fighting it"--but it is worth negotiating with the prosecutor. Speeding tickets can rarely be beaten, because they are so straightforward--either you sped or you didn't, and the courts 99%+ of the time believe the police. But if you don't have prior traffic offenses, prosecutors will usually offer you a deal in which you plea to a lesser offense: less points or less fines or both. An experienced attorney will maximize your chance of getting the best deal possible.

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