Should I go to court for a speeding ticket in West Virginia?

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Should I go to court for a speeding ticket in West Virginia?

I got a speeding ticket in Tucker County, West Virginia. I have been told that
my options are to plead guilty and pay the fines/court costs and get 3 points
on my license or plead innocent and have to go to court in a part of West
Virginia that is about 4 hours away from where I live.

I am okay with the fine/court costs, but would like to avoid the points. If I
go to court in West Virginia, do I have a chance of getting the points removed?
In MD where I live, if your record is clean, you usually get probation before
judgement, lessened fines, and no points if you go to court. Does anyone know
if this is a common outcome if I go to court in West Virginia? I really don’t
want to waste time and gas driving to West Virginia if this is an unlikely
outcome.

Thanks.

Asked on September 5, 2016 under General Practice, Maryland

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Typically, if you have an otherwise clean record, the prosecutor will give you the opportunity to plead guilty to a lesser offense and/or lesser punishment. You may not avoid all points, but it is highly likely you will at least reduce them--and you may be able to avoid all points and just pay a fine. If reducing or eliminating the points is worth the 8 hour round trip and probably another 3 - 4 hours in court that day, then go. Make sure to get there on time--it's better to be a little early, if possible--and speak to the prosecutor the first opportunity you get.


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