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Last December, I was heading east on I-80 coming back home from Tahoe when a CHP dude pulled me over for doing 80 in a 65. I had my Escort 8500 X50, but the cop claimed that he had paced me. This was my second ticket within 18 months, so I had to fight it if I didn't want a point on my license. I used TicketBust.

The process went down like this:
1) Filled out form at TicketBust.com
2) TB dude called me and said I was to pay my citation first.
3) I paid and TB sent me Trial by Declaration forms that I signed and returned back to them.
4) TB dude calls me again and asks me questions about my ticket (what time, why I was speeding, etc.) TB fills in all the blanks on the TbD forms and mails them to the court.
5) Today, I got a letter in the mail from Placer County Superior Court informing me of a pending refund for my citation fee. :)

TicketBusters' services cost $99 and my ticket was only $127, but I didn't want that mark on my license!

If you're in CA and want to fight a ticket on your own for free, TicketAssassin is a good resource.
 

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Is Ticketbust for CA only?
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Hmm. Good q. I didn't see anything on their site that mentioned otherwise, but I also can't see them being proficient in the vehicle violation codes and ticket fighting procedures of all 50 states.
 

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lol I'm going to fight a ticket soon in court, just gonna hope the cop doesnt show up and i'm going to deny speeding... think i can win that if the cop isn't even there?
 

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From my experience, as long as the citation wasn't for reckless driving, if the cop doesn't show, you can get off by pleading not guilty there in person.
 

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from my understanding the key is, the cops get paid to go to court, but they don't get paid to fill out the needed reports for the written declaration. hence, many people go that route as many officers choose not to look up all the info to deal with them.
 

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Don't bother fighting tickets in NJ, the cops are usually friends with the judge...and they get paid 4 hours overtime even if your hearing is 5 minutes.
 

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so i read the site and am still left wondering how this works. does their team of "consultants" find loop-holes or technicalities which reduce the fine? someone school me.
 

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so i read the site and am still left wondering how this works. does their team of "consultants" find loop-holes or technicalities which reduce the fine? someone school me.
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From reading everything, it just seems that they take the extreme alternate that is available, IE paperwork. Technically you have the legal right to do everything by mail, and it takes up so much more time and effort of the courts that they are far more likely to drop things and get rid of you. But this site does it full time, and has people that know how to do it, so for them it's not that big of a deal. At least that's my take on it from reading their website.

Like having a tax specialist do your taxes, because they already knew that the extra seat cushions you had installed for your 3,000 mile work road trip were tax deductible.
 

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I believe that you should always fight the ticket no matter how guilty you are. Unless you really can't afford it, fight it even if it costs more. Most police officers are normal people just doing their jobs, but there still so many places that seem to fund their entire local government from traffic citations (ROYCE CITY, TX <-- :jackoff: )

I fought a reckless driving ticket in Oklahoma and got it dismissed. (yes driving too fast is dumb and no I won't do it again, so please don't flame me) Point is, fight the power!
 

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I've got to admit that fighting a ticket does take resources and time away from work. I'm still not sure if I'd part with $99 instead of handling it myself.

The tickets I've seen in my county are generally less than $90. Cops lower the speed limit than what's on the radar gun. It makes it very tempting to pay it off and forget about it.
 

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I think fighting it yourself in court is just as good. Here in Canada, the crown automatically usually offers you a reduced fine. Say yes, spend 5 minutes in court and leave. Make it your 1hr lunch break and your out. I saw sooo many of them legal dudes walk in and out doing exactly the same thing. They are a waste of money!

Just my 2 cents.
 

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THis is interesting. From the few times I have been to court here it seems pretty much like a scam to me. March 5 guys in all for doing meth, non have jobs or places to stay. Lady in the front row divies out court appointed lawyers who then get paid by the state to plea out this meth head, who then gets told he has to take a drug councling class, which again gets paid by the state and or your insurance. And they also sue you after it is all said and done for more money. BTW none of this happend to me, it is just what I saw.
 
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