How should I handle my traffic ticket?
Question Details: I received a ticket for making a right turn at a red light when prohibited by sign. This is the first ticket I've ever been issued. Should I just pay the $175 or go to court? If I go to court, is there a chance of getting the $175 fine lowered? Will I have to pay court fees? Can I ask to go to traffic school?
Go to court: in my experience (among other things, I handle traffic tickets in New Jersey) if you have an otherwise clean record (as you evidently do) and show up to court, there is a good chance that you will be given the chance to plead to a lesser offense: one with fewer or no points on your license, or a smaller fine.
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