I recieved a speeding ticket tonight, but it was the oddest occourance with an officer I have ever had...
I was in north carolina (I live in virginia, and was heading back home) He pulls me over, and asks very very strange questions, seemed kinda rookieish, which may explain the rest of this. At the end of the stop, he tells me after handing me my copy of the ticket, that I have to appear in court on such and such a date, he will not bother showing up
, and tells me to leave. I ask him if theres a way to prepay since im out of state, and he states no, becuase I was going over 70 I have to appear. He states that itill just be cheaper to show up anyways. He then tells me to leave, again. I look at the ticket later, the entire back is not filled out (this includes my options to respond, court only or mail in, the actual amount I have to pay, and my signature).
Anyone have any experience with tickets like this? In virginia, if you refuse to sign the ticket, your taken into custody immediately. I was never told I needed to sign and was ignorant of what was on the back of the ticket when he handed to me (it was folded up in thirds). I know I wont be in trouble for that, but thats a little bit more paranoia then I care to deal with.
Ive read up that essentially since its 15 over, my ability to drive in north carolina will be suspended, and VA DMV might be notified. With all the fuck ups with my ticket, Im now worried that something could happen in my state to affect my liscence.
What are the chances this will be thrown out without even having to appear? I plan on calling the court monday morning. 2 Hours drive each way makes for 4 hours lost work, I guarantee whatever amount they would discount for appearing wouldnt match that pay(along with looking bad to the office).
Im trying to figure out if I should convince them to let me send in the cash for it(in order to avoid having to appear), or looking into having the ticket droped ahead of time (although, since the tickets made on cops reciept, I would think this isnt possible), but risk being told I have to show up to have the ticket removed from my record.