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Speeding Ticket in Maryland! Any advice? - July 16, 2012, 02:59 PM

So two weekends ago I received a citation on Route 4 on the way to Salomons Island. Cop pulled me over and told me I was doing 74mph in a 55mph zone. He asked me where I was going and I told him that I was on my way to catch a Charter Fishing Boat at Solomans Island. Cop asked for my license and registration went back to his car and 10 minutes later came back with the citation. I asked him if I could get a break as I haven't had a ticket in over 10 years...didn't even pause when he answered "Have a nice day"

WTF!

The fine is only $90 but I'm worried about if the ticket will show on my DMV records and if I will lose any points. If I will lose points is it worth going to court to see if they could reduce the ticket because of my good driving record (Up till that point)

Anyone on here ever get a ticket on Rt 4 around Calverty County?

Would you try to fight the ticket or just pay the fine? I'm a Northern Virginia resident btw.

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Always go to court to try for reductions, etc.

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July 16, 2012, 03:36 PM

Freakin' Fairfax and Virginia--such a love affair with enfor-- oh wait. Sorry, hee hee.

If you can take the time from work, go to court and ask for PBJ. You'll likely get it since (1) clean record, and (2) 74 in 55 is not horrible. At the least, you'll get reduced to 1-9 over the limit just for showing up and being polite. That's my experience in Howard County, anyway. I imagine all but Montgomery County are fairly reasonable.


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July 16, 2012, 03:42 PM

My 2 cents here is that you've got to make your case to get out of the ticket (or get it reduced) before the cop goes back to his car. If you're lucky you might catch a break. Once they write you up it's too late.
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your course of action should depend on whether or not you caught a fish that day...
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Freakin' Fairfax and Virginia--such a love affair with enfor-- oh wait. Sorry, hee hee.

If you can take the time from work, go to court and ask for PBJ. You'll likely get it since (1) clean record, and (2) 74 in 55 is not horrible. At the least, you'll get reduced to 1-9 over the limit just for showing up and being polite. That's my experience in Howard County, anyway. I imagine all but Montgomery County are fairly reasonable.
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your course of action should depend on whether or not you caught a fish that day...

Caught a lot that day actually. 2 Large Rockfish, 6 stripers and some flounder.

But didn't want to CATCH that ticket on the way up.
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July 16, 2012, 04:14 PM

MD if fairly liberal about reducing the fine and not issuing points if you have a relatively clean record.
You may even luck out and get a "no show" by the cop which means you win an instant dismissal.

Go to court, fight the ticket. If the cop shows, change your plea to guilty with an explanation.



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So two weekends ago I received a citation on Route 4 on the way to Salomons Island. Cop pulled me over and told me I was doing 74mph in a 55mph zone. He asked me where I was going and I told him that I was on my way to catch a Charter Fishing Boat at Solomans Island. Cop asked for my license and registration went back to his car and 10 minutes later came back with the citation. I asked him if I could get a break as I haven't had a ticket in over 10 years...didn't even pause when he answered "Have a nice day"

WTF!

The fine is only $90 but I'm worried about if the ticket will show on my DMV records and if I will lose any points. If I will lose points is it worth going to court to see if they could reduce the ticket because of my good driving record (Up till that point)

Anyone on here ever get a ticket on Rt 4 around Calverty County?

Would you try to fight the ticket or just pay the fine? I'm a Northern Virginia resident btw.

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Unless something has changed, in Md. the Judge have complete control over fine costs and points to be issued or not... go to court... have a good argument.


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July 17, 2012, 09:26 AM

Thanks everyone for the advice!

I will ask for a court date and hope for the best
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My 2 cents here is that you've got to make your case to get out of the ticket (or get it reduced) before the cop goes back to his car. If you're lucky you might catch a break. Once they write you up it's too late.
Never understood the idea of arguing or "making your case" to a cop on the street. Their job isnt to decided if you are guilty or not its just to give you the ticket for breaking the law. You know the law/ speed limit so you should expect the consequenses of that. If you are respectful and not argumentative on the street then they will note that and bring it up to the judge in the court which will help you.

Also...not saying you are like this Interceptor but its hilarious to hear of and/or see people trying to tell a cop the "law" and that he is doing his job wrong when they get pulled over for speeding. I have friends that do this and get pissed off when the cop gived them a ticket after that...

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Unless something has changed, in Md. the Judge have complete control over fine costs and points to be issued or not... go to court... have a good argument.
No the judge has complete control over the fines, court cost and judgement. The DMV has control over the points. The judge can give you a lower the citation, thus reducing your DMV points.
Virginia points do not transfer to Maryland, does anyone know if this is true the other way?


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No the judge has complete control over the fines, court cost and judgement. The DMV has control over the points. The judge can give you a lower the citation, thus reducing your DMV points.
Virginia points do not transfer to Maryland, does anyone know if this is true the other way?
Oops, been a long time thanks for the clarification!


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Oops, been a long time thanks for the clarification!
Guess that's a good thing that it's been a long tiime... unfortunately not so long ago for me.


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