UPDATE: (skip to second paragraph if you just want to know what we worked out)
I saw the officer posted up looking for traffic violations near the spot where this occurred. He didn't trip my radar detector, so I figured it would be a good time to talk to him. I ripped the detector off the windshield after I got gas, and parked the car. Walked over, shook his hand, and talked to him for a while. Turns out to be a cool guy, and be loves Mustangs as well.
Long story short, he's going to work with me on it. He wants to talk to my dad, and wants me to talk with the chief. If all goes well, the ticket will be dropped in exchange for a donation to the police department of a similar amount of the ticket.
Still gonna have to pay up, but it's cheaper than getting a lawyer, won't be on my record, and best of all, my insurance won't sky rocket.
Thanks for all the helpful advice guys!
haha bribery i suppose works in some cases.
here's my 2 cents for that "next time" for you or anyone else.
i'm one of those guys who gets tickets often. mainly speeding
idk if this applies to other states, but here in Cali, there is the option to do a "written declaration" which simply means that you write a letter to the court about what happened (pay the fine) and then the cop is notified by the court to write his letter too. either he writes it or he doesn't. if he doesn't, the case is dismissed and you get a refund. if he does write a letter, the judge will review the two letters and decide the case, if he decides in your favor, case dismissed and refund. if the judge finds in favor of the cop, you can request a "trial de novo" or "new trial" which allows you to go to court and talk to the judge. now from past experience, if the cop doesn't show your case can be dismissed but idk if it is required, course if the cop is there, you gotta explain to the judge in person what happened and try to convince him/her to dismiss or lower the fine plus traffic school.
the process is long. many ppl don't do it b/c of this. so basically here is a breakdown of time estimated.
- court date after you get cited is like 30 days after the date cited
- you can even extend your date if you want too (in Cali anyway) or submit the declaration. so this is about 30 days after you were originally cited
- the cop then has an allotted amount of time, i think about 30 days as well to write their letter
- judge then decides case after cop submits letter and a response is given a few weeks after that
- if "trial de novo" is required, a new court date for that is set. i think like 30 days after you get the decision from the judge
- go to court on that new date. you are looking at around 90 days or so since you were originally cited, the cop probably (in all my cases) doesn't remember everything.
a lawyer is probably just as expensive as paying for the fine and doing traffic school so i think its useless.
worst case scenario, pay the fine and do traffic school so no points on on your record.