so today i got a speeding ticket. im 18 but im living at home and my parents still act like im 14. what do i do they overreact about eveything even stupid little things. and do i have to go to court or can i just do traffic school. by the way i live in california.
Most Helpful Guy
if you were 18 when you got it (and it wasn't hilariously fast) you dont have to go to court. If you were a minor you have to go to court (I got one when I was 16 also in CA). I would totally go to court regardless. The date on your ticket is just to enter a plea (guilty, not, no contest) and set up a court date if you plea not guilty. If you go and talk to the judge theyll almost certainly lessen the fine. I got hit for 55 in a 40 and the judge cut my fine in half just because I showed up and dressed well. Your parents might freak out (mine did) and I'd volunteer to pay it out of your pocket (I would expect you to but I don't know how your family works). Since its your first you'll be able to take traffic school and have it wiped from your insurance record (DMV and police in CA still see it but that only matters if you get pulled over again and they dont want to give you a warning). Since we live in CA you have to pay for the traffic school AND pay california to let you take traffic school. I assume you dont know how much the ticket is? I think my first one ended up costing me like 180-220 after everything was said and done.0
Most Helpful Girl
Yes you will probably go to court, in court the judge will decide what you do. I did traffic school.
The ticket, court fees, and traffic school are all quite expensive so unless you're paying all that and unless you pay insurance you can't really complain about your parents bitching about it.0