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    Default My First Speeding Ticket in 15 Years

    My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Maryland

    Right around August 16th I was caught speeding by a Maryland State Trooper. Everything went well and the officer cut me a ticket for only 9 miles above the speed limit as a "deal" since he said if he gave me a ticket for the real speed it would be a whole lot higher. Anyway It seems like the system has changed a whole bunch and he gave me a ticket that looked a whole lot like a plastic receipt that I didn't have to sign. It also seems that I need to explicitly specify what I'm going to do since they don't automatically give me a trial date. It looks like I get the option of either "Request Waiver Hearing" or "Request Trial".

    My concern is my car insurance increasing as a result of the ticket. Back in the day I would just go to trial and plead guilty and get a PBJ by the judge. What should I do to avoid the points. I was reading that 9 miles over the limit is 1pt in MD. My record is clean with no points and no major accidents.

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    Default Re: My First Speeding Ticket in 15 Years

    Back in the day I would just go to trial and plead guilty and get a PBJ by the judge
    Peanut Butter and Jelly? Can you get a BLT instead? Sorry, couldn't resist.

    What should I do to avoid the points.
    I imagine you've already seen this website:

    https://www.courts.state.md.us/distr...raffic#newproc

    If you haven't, it's got all you need to know.

    It does look like a PBJ is still an option. Scroll down about half way to Requesting a Waiver Hearing to Plead “Guilty with an Explanation.”

    There's another paragraph about PBJ toward the bottom of the page.

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    Default Re: My First Speeding Ticket in 15 Years

    Quote Quoting adjusterjack
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    Peanut Butter and Jelly? Can you get a BLT instead? Sorry, couldn't resist.



    I imagine you've already seen this website:

    https://www.courts.state.md.us/distr...raffic#newproc

    If you haven't, it's got all you need to know.

    It does look like a PBJ is still an option. Scroll down about half way to Requesting a Waiver Hearing to Plead “Guilty with an Explanation.”

    There's another paragraph about PBJ toward the bottom of the page.
    I remember back in the day if you requested an actual trial you could get out of the ticket all together if the officer didn't show. It was the best game. You'd wait to see if the officers there, if not you'd just plead not guilty. I guess it's probably easier to request a waiver hearing. They should give me a PBJ considering this is my first in a while.

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    Default Re: My First Speeding Ticket in 15 Years

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    I remember back in the day if you requested an actual trial you could get out of the ticket all together if the officer didn't show. It was the best game.
    Yeah, I remember those days. When I was young and had a lead foot. Not so much anymore and it's been 28 years since my last speeding ticket.

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