What Happens in Court for a Speeding Ticket?

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What Happens in Court for a Speeding Ticket?
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If you have never been in front of a judge before and you recently received a speeding ticket, it is understandable that you might be a little apprehensive about what to expect in court.

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Arraignment

The first time that you go to court for your speeding ticket is actually called an arraignment. When you are called upon, you will stand and answer the judge when he asks you if you are pleading guilty or innocent.

Pleading Guilty

If you choose to plead guilty, then you will be sentenced on the spot. Before judgment is made the judge will usually give you a chance to briefly speak and explain yourself. This is your plea to get the fine reduced if you explain your circumstances.

Time Frame

As far as time is concerned, it is hard to determine a specific duration. You could be the first case called or you could sit there through lunch. However, once you are called it only takes a few minutes for the whole procedure to be completed.

What Happens in Court for a Speeding Ticket?
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Pleading Not Guilty

If you decide to plead not guilty, then you can go to trial. This would be on a different date and the policeman that gave you the ticket will be present. He will tell his story and then you get to have your say. In this event ,you have to be able to prove that you were not speeding.

Considerations

When the case goes to the trial date it is mandatory that the policeman that issued the speeding ticket is present. If he does not show up, then the case would likely get dismissed.

What Happens in Court for a Speeding Ticket?
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