Re: Run of the mill speeding ticket
Date: May 22, 2007 04:55PM
> A judge in Virginia has no authority to waive
> points, or, in most cases, even assign you to
> traffic school. That stuff won't work here. The
> points are assigned by DMV and the judge has
> nothing to do with it. The clerk will even give a
> speech in the beginning of the court docket saying
> the same thing.
While this is true, a judge does have the ability to dismiss the case. This can happen, because it happened to me (in Henrico county) Showed up to court, I plead guilty. The judge looked at my record and saw that I never had a ticket. He then told me told me that he would continue my court date for 2 months, and that if I showed the court before the new date with proof I completed a VA DMV certified driver's improvement clinic, he would dismiss the case. Which is exactly what he did. The DMV doesn't know about it because I was never found guilty. I did have to pay $60 in court costs, as well as the cost of the clinic.
I have heard from good sources, that the FFX county judges don't like to do this though. They are apparently not happy if you 'waste' their time by coming in and pleading guilty. You can try it if you have a good record and have the time, otherwise, I'd just pay it.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/22/2007 04:58PM by trogdor!.