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Should I fight my traffic ticket?

Should I fight my traffic ticket? Topic: Case status lower courts
June 20, 2019 / By Estmund
Question: I live in KCMO....but after work about 12am I took a coworker home who lives in KCKS....anywhos, I had no idea where I was. My passenger door doesn't open, and I began opening my door to let him out but he instead went out the passenger side window. I guess I didn't realize my door wasn't shut all the way...I backed out and pulled over somewhat to use my gps to find out how to get home, I couldn't get signal so I figured I'd drive somewhere and try again. There was a car coming about 2 blocks back and I wasn't completely pulled over and that's when I decided to pull up to the stop light because I wasn't completely pulled over. As I pulled up the light changed and I turned right...In my nervousness I guess I forgot to use the signal...Anywhos has a came around the corner the door flew open and I abruptly shut it...I was then pulled over...The car behind me happened to be a cop. I was given a $80 ticket for improper signaling and have to appear in court because my insurance card was expired...however I do have proof of insurance, it just wasn't on me at the time. Should I fight the ticket or pay it...I have never been given a ticket...never even been pulled over. I felt he should've given me a warning considering my driving record and the fact that I wasn't planning on turning, I was just like I'll go this way, as I was lost. Also will it add points to my record? My insurance is already expensive as I'm only 19.
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Constantine Constantine | 6 days ago
I'm 26 and I've never had a ticket. However, you can go fight the ticket if you want and generate a hearing. Sometimes you can fight it, make continuances, and hope that the officer does not show. It does tend to have the effect of giving the middle finger to the system and causing the executive and judicial branches to spend time on trivial cases, which if more people of low socio-economic status did, either tickets would be handed out less often OR ticket fines would increase.
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Constantine Originally Answered: Should I fight my traffic ticket?
I'm 26 and I've never had a ticket. However, you can go fight the ticket if you want and generate a hearing. Sometimes you can fight it, make continuances, and hope that the officer does not show. It does tend to have the effect of giving the middle finger to the system and causing the executive and judicial branches to spend time on trivial cases, which if more people of low socio-economic status did, either tickets would be handed out less often OR ticket fines would increase.

Arny Arny
It doesn't sound like you'd have a lot to fight. It sounds like what you were doing would have been pretty dangerous to others on the road. You're driving around with your door flying open, not pulling entirely over to look at your GPS, pulling up to lights and suddenly turning without signaling just because you're "nervous." You think you're going to fight the ticket? Which part? You sure you want to tell the judge what "really" happened? Right down to the part where you turned but you weren't planning on turning? And... you should just get a warning because you've had a clean record up until age 19 and your insurance is expensive? It sounds like you got off pretty easy with a ticket for improper signaling. Getting a ticket for only that *is* your warning.
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Unice Unice
No its no longer actual. even with the undeniable fact that being waiting to wipe it out of your checklist with the aid of site visitors college isn't available. relies upon on what the offense became into. in many circumstances on the cost ticket itself it is going to inform you, or call the Police branch that issued it. BTW maximum tickets that are contested win in courtroom.
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Sariah Sariah
In my own experience you don't have a chace to win it, but fight it, bro, you may get your ticket cut in half
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Nora Nora
I don't see how you can fight it if it happened. Doesn't sound like a points off offense to me, but this varies by state. I doubt if it will raise your insurance, it's a really minor violation.
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Nora Originally Answered: How Do I Fight a Bogus Traffic Ticket in Arkansas?
It would have been a much better idea to file the complaint anonymously, but that doesn't help you now. Unfortunately there's little you can do other than file an additional complaint or try and get a meeting with a superior officer. You can also hire an attorney to look at the case and decide if you're being harassed by this police officer. It's almost always easier and cheaper just to pay the ticket, but not if this is going to keep on happening. Consult a lawyer. They're usually glad to take on cases like this, because the state generally settles.

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