Some people choose to simply pay the fine associated with speeding in Connecticut, while others hope to fight the speeding ticket and avoid the fine. There are pros and cons to both of these options that you should be aware of if you have a speeding ticket.
If you pay for your speeding ticket, it means that you plead “nolo contendere,” which means “no contest”. This means that you do not accept that you are either guilty or innocent in this situation. The con of pleading nolo contendere is that you don’t even have a chance to fight the speeding ticket and you must pay the fine, which can be fairly costly depending on your circumstances. However, the pro to paying the speeding ticket is that once you pay the fine, it will be over with and you won’t have the possibility of having points taken from your license.
If you decide to fight the speeding ticket, it could end in greater reward, but there is also more risk than simply paying the ticket. If you win your case, you won’t have to pay the fine. Many would consider this a positive outcome. However, if you take your case to court, you can’t plead nolo contendere. This means that a judge can deem you guilty of speeding. If this is the case, you will have to pay the fine AND you will have points taken off of your license by the Department of Motor Vehicles. For this reason, you should only consider going to court if you are fairly sure that you can prove your innocence.
Deciding to fight a speeding ticket is a personal decision and it will depend on your situation. If you need assistance deciding what to do, you can contact an attorney.