How should I handle my traffic ticket?

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How should I handle my traffic ticket?

I received a ticket for making a right turn at
a red light when prohibited by sign. This is
the first ticket I’ve ever been issued. Should
I just pay the 175 or go to court?

If I go to court, is there a chance of getting
the 175 fine lowered? Will I have to pay court
fees? Can I ask to go to traffic school?

Asked on August 24, 2019 under General Practice, Colorado

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Go to court: in my experience (among other things, I handle traffic tickets in New Jersey) if you have an otherwise clean record (as you evidently do) and show up to court, there is a good chance that you will be given the chance to plead to a lesser offense: one with fewer or no points on your license, or a smaller fine.


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