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post #1 of 63 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 2008, 5:15 pm Thread Starter
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Question How do you handle your tickets?

Pay them?
Go to court?
Hire a lawyer?
Go to traffic school?
Fight it?
Toss it (I know someone who does)?
Write a letter to court (if allowed)?
Request a trial?
If only a one-pointer, pay it and shut up?
Research a way out for court?
Use your badge to get off?
Go to the district attorney?

Just wondering...

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post #2 of 63 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 2008, 5:52 pm
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If im guilty and get caught...I pay it
If im innocent.....I never have gotten one
I take that back...back in the late 70s in Washington I got one at the north gate at Ft. Lewis....Had Mass plates....But back then the state had 2 was just one plate...and the other was two plates.....I had the one that only had one plate....the MP stops me and said I was missing my front plate....I said no...mass only gives out one plate.....he said my friend is from mass and he has 2.....long story short ...I got a ticket...had to go to the court on post with documents stating that I have the one with only one plate.....the Judge said he would let me off with a warning...I lost it!!!!....escorted out and almost got an AR 15..No not the gun...but a punishment and fine from the Army...thats the only time that i have gotten anything that I did not deserve.....One time I was stopped for an out of date inspection sticker...was over 4 months late...I really just forgot....cop gave me a ticket and said I could probly get off If I took it to court...I looked at him ..Well!....your standing there looking at the sticker and it isnt any good...and I know its what would be the grounds to fight it?....some times I just dont get a looser and make honest and get F#^[email protected]#....I paid it...
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post #3 of 63 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 2008, 6:00 pm
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Depends on how big of a deal it is and location. My triple-digit ticket was handled by a lawyer. Expensive ($450), but he got it knocked down to 3 points and $86 fine. I didn't set foot in court, and didn't miss a minute of work. Worth the cost in this case.

Another ticket was earned about 500 miles from home, I just sent in the ticket with the fine. That one was only 12 over, but it cost me the same number of points and almost the same fine as the triple-digit award.

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post #4 of 63 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 2008, 6:14 pm
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Lawyer for every one of them. Costs about what the ticket could in some cases. In a couple I've had the lawyer was about 10% of what the ticket would be. Stays off my record.

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post #5 of 63 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 2008, 6:16 pm
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Go to court if local; then go to traffic school if available; otherwise just pay them.
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post #6 of 63 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 2008, 10:36 am
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Like most others have posted, depends what it is. I do the trafic school when I can. In over 70,000 miles of ridding at mach speed I have had 2 tickets.

Radar detector is a must!!!!
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post #7 of 63 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 2008, 10:51 am
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What tickets

I always only ride the posted speed limit,,,,,,

doing the European math, of course.
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post #8 of 63 (permalink) Old Jul 14th, 2008, 10:24 am
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I do whatever I can to keep the points of my record. I've successfully fought a couple using Trial by Declaration, and I've gone to traffic school a couple of times over the years as well.

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post #9 of 63 (permalink) Old Jul 14th, 2008, 10:58 am
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I live in one country and drive with driver licenses from two other countries. No points to lose that way.

Downside is I have to pay the fine on the spot (at least in Spain and France), but I get a 30% discount on the fine for paying within the first 30 days.

And for those famous radar photographs from behind (ever so popular in these parts nowadays), the vehicles are registered in the name of my company, so the fine is sent in the name of my company. Can't see faces under helmets (shot from behind), so I have a plethora of possible drivers I could identify (and who live in other countries) - my mother in Mexico is a particularly fast K1200S rider.
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post #10 of 63 (permalink) Old Jul 14th, 2008, 5:55 pm
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[QUOTE= my mother in Mexico is a particularly fast K1200S rider.

I remember her!! Full leathers. We had a few Coors together in Nogales after a ride.!
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