What is some advice on how to lower the charges for a speeding ticket?

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What is some advice on how to lower the charges for a speeding ticket?

I am a 22 year old male who was pulled over for speeding, going 79 mph in a 60 mph zone. This was on a highway clear day, and I was going a bit faster than the flow of traffic. I had cruise control on as well as my GPS.I’ve got a court date coming up soon and was hopeful that you may be able to provide me some legal advice before I go in there so that I may lower the ticket price or at the very least avoid points on my driver’s license. I’ve thought about offering to take a class but I am unsure what to do.

Asked on May 9, 2017 under General Practice, Virginia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

1) If you have an otherwise clean record, there is a good chance the prosecutor will offer to let you plead to a lesser offense or lower speed. When you speak to the prosecutor before court (show up early, so you can do this), stress your clean record.
2) Offering to take a class may help and cannot hurt: this is a good idea.
3) I've seen alot of people dress and act inappropriately in court--don't do this. Wear a suit or blazer if you have one, a neat oxford shirt and nice slacks if not (or the female equivalent, as appropriate). Do not argue, do not try to prove you were in the right, don't be defensive: be calm, reasonable and respectful. People who look and act like they should be given a second chance are more likely to get one.


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