I got my first ever speed ticket two months ago. I rescheduled my court day for Feb 22th. I was speeding but I want to

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Customer: Hi, I got my first ever speed ticket two months ago. I rescheduled my court day for Feb 22th. I was speeding but I want to know what should I do. Pay the ticket online. Or do I have to go to court?
JA: Because traffic laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: Texas
JA: Was a citation issued? Was a court date set?
Customer: Yes, Feb 22th
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: I was going 64mph on a*****
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Good morning

This is Alex, Esq., and Welcome to Just Answer.

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I just want to know what should I do... don't know If I have to go to court or just paying the ticket will be it
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It is certainly in your best interest to retain a traffic ticket defense attorney to represent you. The first thing which they will want to do, is review the face of the citation and see if there is a legal basis to get it dismissed. If not, they will then have to look over the facts of the case and decide if it is in your best interest to work out a plea deal or to take the case to trial and make the State prove the allegation(s) against you. The officer will need to be present. If he/she fails to appear at trial, the case will likely be dismissed, unless a continuance is granted by the Judge, upon the showing of good cause. If the officer does appear, your attorney will be given a chance to cross-examine them and attack their credibility. The attorney is going to want to inspect their documents and log book, to make sure that the speed measuring device was properly calibrated, that they have the citation logged and are certified to use the equipment. Moreover, they will question them about their training and experience, trying to create doubt that they may have not known what they were doing and improperly measured your speed. They will also raise any other possible defenses, which you may have, to try and obtain a finding of not guilty.

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But, if I am guilty... can I just pay the ticket and not go to the citation ?
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If there is a court appearance, you need to appear and can ask for a plea.

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Going to court, a lone, will give me a pro to reduce what I have to pay?
Customer
Ok, so I have to go... thank you
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You can see, if you take a plea instead of a trial and it will be up to the court to decide. You can ask for an offer, to resolve.

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My pleasure. I'm happy to hear I was able to answer your question. If you would like to ask me another question in the future, you can add me as a favorite Expert. You'll have the option to do that on your "My Questions" page if you choose to rate our interaction.

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