Yes, generally to have a ticket changed or thrown out, you'll have to plea not guilty. Which would bring about a second court date. Now some offenses can be changed to a different offense, such as Improper Driving, or Unsafe Driving, or whatever your state calls it. That is a no point ticket, which in retrospect delivers a much higher fine. You only have 2 chances to do this though. So you can't go changing all your tickets.My question is, if you are trying to beat a ticket, does one choose the trial by jury or the appearance before a judge?
At least in Ohio, not all speeding tickets result in points on your license. You have to be doing a certain mile per hour over the posted speed limit. Also, if you plead "not guilty" and go talk with the prosecuter on your pretrial date, they will typically offer you a plea bargain to knock it down to a "no points" offense as well as reduce your fine in order to get a "sure thing" guilty without having to prepare and try your case. In my 30 years of driving, I've been pulled over more than 130 times and received so many tickets I can't count them anymore so I have extensive experience. It may not always work but it has always worked for me.:willy: :thumbs:Here is the word from Snopes.com
Also a bit of the article:
"You have to wonder about a "very reliable computer company" that puts a glaring loophole in its customers' systems, then tells the world about it. The fact is, every state does not use a "standard database" set up by a single company. (Even if any state's system did have such a loophole, they've now had three years' worth of people circulating this message on the Internet to warn them about it.)
Some people assert they've tried this scheme and it worked, and though it's certainly possible some people who overpaid their traffic tickets never saw any points go on their records, most likely that was a result of coincidence, not cause-and-effect. As most anyone who's dealt with the DMV knows, things do slip through the cracks now and then, just rarely in your favor. If you feel that spending three extra dollars in the hopes of keeping a ticket off your record is a worthwhile gamble, go ahead and try it. You're likely to be disappointed with the results, though."
I would tend to disagree with this, but before I go on I will say:There are other ways to avoid points on your license or get out of the ticket all together. It has worked for me on the last 2 tickets I got and for my Mom recently as well and it is all perfectly legal and above board. To quote an earlier post of mine on this subject.
"It's a rather lengthy explanation but basically about 90% of all speeding tickets written in the US are illegal. There is a Federal Document which supersedes all State speed limit laws called the Manual On Uniform Traffic Control Devices and it says that for a speed limit to be set, there must be a traffic speed survey done on the road you are setting the speed limit on and then the speed limit must be within a certain percentage of what 80 percentile of the speed of the cars tested during the survey were doing on that stretch of road. The problem is that the Speed surveys have not been done on most roads in America since there are roughly 8 million miles or road and growing every day. There are just too many roads. There is a lot more to fighting the ticket but basically you attack them with these facts and make them prove it was a legit ticket. If they can't prove it was legit, how can you be guilty of violating a law that they can't prove is legit. The thing is, most cops will never bring a Traffic Speed Survey of the road you got the ticket on, even if one does exist. They are expecting to be dealing with a rookie. Contact me back for more info if you like and I will direct you to the website (not mine so I make no money, just trying to help a fellow car enthusiast out once in a while)." :thumbs: Disclaimer: This information is not presented with the intent of encouraging anyone to exceed speed limits. It is merely for your viewing pleasure.:nono: :nonod:
Here is the word from Snopes.com
If you feel that spending three extra dollars in the hopes of keeping a ticket off your record is a worthwhile gamble, go ahead and try it. You're likely to be disappointed with the results, though."[/COLOR]
I don't think so. Having worked for a company that processes Motor Vehicle Reports (MVRs), aka driving records, I worked with literally thousands of driving records from every state in the union. I had to learn to be an expert at knowing what information is on specific MVRs, because insurance companies and agencies would contact our offices to try to make sense of the information they had been provided through us, by the states.I believe you are mistaken.:nono: