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Can appealing a speeding ticket result in a higher fine?
My car got photographed by a traffic camera in DC, and I got the notification in the mail a few days later. I live in Greensboro NC, but DC offers mail adjudication. When I mentioned my plan to appeal the ticket, my boss said that might end up making it worse. I asked if there was some sort of 'time-wasting' fine or something, and she just shrugged.
Here's the defense statement I was planning on using. It's not a great defense, I'll admit, but I was under the impression that it couldn't hurt to try. Could it be worse? Is it even worth doing?
I received this ticket in the mail following my Jan. 16th trip to Washington, D.C. from Greensboro, NC. As I was unfamiliar with the area and searching for a destination in the city, I was focused on street signs and addresses, and did not see a posted speed limit sign. I felt I was traveling at a safe and reasonable speed given
A) the traffic in this area, which was non-existent at the time
B) the road conditions, which were clear
Both of these claims are supported by the photographs included with the ticket notification. In light of these claims, I respectfully request that the fine be reduced or dropped.