Fuck, I got my first ticket

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    Dec 06, 2009 8:29 PM GMT
    Ok, I got my first ticket for running a stop sign last night after midnight in houston, tx. It was dark and the stop sign was placed at a crappy place that can easily be overlooked and honestly did not see the stop sign except with the very corner of my eye as the cop turned on the lights. ok so i got the ticket but don't know what to do with it since it is my first ticket. On the front of the ticket, it has the court address and all my information. The ticket says to pay or resolve this ticket before your court date or i must appear for court in January. The back of the ticket has a map of the court address. I don't understand, do i need to go to court and pay the ticket and everything will be fine? Will they give me the option of signing up for a defensive driving class? About how much are tickets such as mine? If I pay the ticket, will the offense be visible in my record and thus increase insurance? Any help i can get will be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys.
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    Dec 06, 2009 8:40 PM GMT
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    Dec 06, 2009 8:46 PM GMT
    You can pay the ticket by mailing them a check (or maybe they have other methods — I don't know without looking at your ticket), or you can contest the ticket by going to court. If you choose to pay, everything will be fine. You'll incur however many points the law in your locale dictates on your license (2 points according to a quick search online).

    Signing up for a defensive driving class? Um, that's something you have to ask them. I'm not familiar with Houston or your county's law.

    I'm not sure how they determine the price of the tickets. I know where I live, I had to pay $75 for my speeding violation (my one and only ticket). The officer reduced the number of miles I was going on the ticket so that the fine would not be as much. But then again, that's for speeding, not for failing to stop at a stop sign.

    I had to edit my post. I realized that was regarding records, not about resolving the ticket. Either way, you should contact the place where you are expected to pay or appear. But call this number, they'll direct you: 713-247-5479. It's the Municipal Courts Building. But I just realized you got an e-mail from Studly, so you may not need to call.

    And yes, your insurance will go up, but I don't think by that much. Plus, you're 23. In 2 years, your insurance will go down.

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    Dec 06, 2009 10:20 PM GMT
    It should say on the ticket how much the fine is.
    There should be an address on the ticket where you can pay the fine (by mail or in person).
    You can choose to fight the ticket, but you won't win.

    Admitting guilt means you have to pay the fine, and you will get a point (or points) charged against your license. If you break too many traffic laws and get too many points, you can have your license suspended or revoked.

    Where I live, you can go to "traffic school" and be rewarded by getting points removed from your license. It's usually a one day, 8 hour class.

    Please be more careful.
    What if you had run the stop sign and got broadsided by a big-assed truck ?
    Then, you'd have your hospital bills, the other driver's hospital bills, a lawsuit from the other driver, repairing or replacing your car, PLUS a fine for running the stop sign.

    What if you had run the stop sign and killed somebody ?
    Then, you'd get all of the above plus a charge of vehicular manslaughter, which comes with years and years and years of jail time.
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    Dec 06, 2009 11:43 PM GMT
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    Dec 07, 2009 12:33 AM GMT
    i don[t know how it is in the US.

    Here i fought a ticket for stop sign and won, which saved me $100.
    And i fought because i had done my stop, only officer couldn't see from his spot.
    it was quite easy, if there's reasonable doubt, the judge rules in your favor.
    And the police officers here never make it to court hearings, so it's the Crown prosecutor who represents them with nothing but the copy of the ticket as evidence.

    but in your case, you didn't stop, so it's a bit trickier . You can argue that you couldn't see well, but if thousands of other drivers see it and stop your argument doesn't stand much chance.
    yet there 's also the possibility that officers go there exactly because they know drivers can't see it till too late, and this way they hand in tickets, meet their quotas and make the town richer.

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    Dec 07, 2009 1:45 AM GMT
    For no obvious reason, I've been getting pulled over a lot lately. Like, twice per year. No tickets yet, though.

    The cops have had some strange accusations:
    - Running a stop sign, where no stop sign now or ever has existed. (We rode back in the police car to examine the phantom sign. It must have run away.)
    - Speeding where a highway passes through town, but 200 yards short of the actual speed zone. Then the douchebag lectured me about my insurance card for fifteen minutes. There was nothing wrong or irregular about my insurance card.
    - Burned out license-plate light. WTF? OK.
    - Just yesterday, for a crack in the windshield. But he came up from behind on the interstate. There is no possible way that he could have seen it until after I stopped.

    Maybe they just want to get their pictures taken with me.
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    Dec 07, 2009 1:50 AM GMT
    Its pretty easy to fight tickets in Canada, just a trip to the JPs office. Not sure about MA, usually if you challenge it gets reduced or thrown out.
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    Dec 07, 2009 1:52 AM GMT
    I've fought three tickets and all had some sort of success.
    1. Was in the city of Detroit and when I went to the court date, they couldn't find any record of the ticket so they dismissed it.
    2.The cop did not show up so they dismissed it.
    3.I had to pay the fine, but no points were put on my license.

    In all of them, I really was speeding so it is worth the effort to try your chances in court.
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    Dec 07, 2009 2:03 AM GMT
    Defensive driving is available if you haven't already done it within 2(?) years.

    If you want to contest the ticket you can have a trial to the judge or a jury. If the cop doesn't show, the ticket must be dismissed. If he does, a trial to the judge will result in a sure conviction in Harris County.
    The jury option wil be far more time-consuming since it involves lots of additional court appearances. You can hire a traffic-ticket lawyer and their method is to set dozens of jury trials the same day. Of course they all can't be tried so many will be dismissed or given super plea bargains.

    Good luck.
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    Dec 07, 2009 2:17 AM GMT
    just be thankful it wasnt done in NH cause youd be called to court. but i am sorry to hear.
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    Dec 07, 2009 2:28 AM GMT
    The court option seems like overkill in this case, but the odds can be good.
    I got stuck on a jury once where a lady probably got away with a DUI. There was no physical evidence - just the cop's word against the defendant's word. No witnesses. Bot the cop and the defendant seemed to give evasive or misleading versions of events. The rule was, "when in doubt, find in favor of the defendant." We had nothing else to go on.

    Edit: Re: "physical evidence." By now, I expect every cop car in the country must be equipped with video recording equipment.
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    Dec 07, 2009 4:43 AM GMT
    I have the same issue like you right now. They give tickets here in LA like free candy during Halloween. They give tickets for the most ridiculous things and now I have to pay a freakin large sum of money to them. Im so P*^&ed off.