My son was picked up for speeding

@Thoroughrob (11750)
United States
October 5, 2010 9:38pm CST
My son started a job last week in a neighboring town. On his way home tonight, he was pulled over by the state patrol. He was doing 68 in a 55. He has to go to court in about 2 weeks. Will he lose his license? The officer actually was not even going to give him a ticket, told him that he had to run his license and when he found out he was 17, gave him one and told him he had to go to court. He is afraid they will suspend his license. Do any of you know what he should expect. I hate to see the job go down the drain, but I he was not being responsible either.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
6 Oct 10
Should happen if first ticket may be a fine and a big a$$ warning hugsssssssssssssssss I hop ethi s is he way it goed
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
6 Oct 10
I hope they hit his pocket hard and give him a good lecture.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
6 Oct 10
IF htey do hope it helps!
• United States
6 Oct 10
Pretty much as all have commented, if this is his first offense he will be fined and informed of stricter consequences if there is another second round. Usually on something like this no attorney representation is necessary so more than likely it will be a fine, and he should avoid another especially in the same year. I wish him luck with all of this as anytime anyone has court even for the simplest matters it sue is nerve wrecking.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
6 Oct 10
yes, it is. Thanks for the info. He is scared he will have to quit his job.
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• United States
6 Oct 10
Most likely he will get some hefty points taken from his license. This should be a wake up call for him to be a better driver. Often times our youth think they are indestructable and take risks that often end up tragic. The speed limits posted on the roadways are put there for a reason. If the sign says 55 it is because it is considered unsafe to drive any faster. I hope that he does learn from this. Better to have him safe than sorry.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
6 Oct 10
I totally want them to do something, but I don't want him to lose his job. It is a good one, at least it seems now.
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• United States
6 Oct 10
I doubt they will suspend his license unless he has other traffic volations.
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• United States
6 Oct 10
he will probably get a big ticket is all. that's usually all court means. The judge might yell at him though. There should be a number on the ticket that says you can call and see how much it is. It might be possible to pay it and not even go to court. But then the fact that he is only 17 does complicate the matter.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
6 Oct 10
Here if you are a minor, you have to go to court.
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• United States
6 Oct 10
That's interesting. Who is supposed to represent you?
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
6 Oct 10
Speeding is not a serious road offense but is still punishable under the road ordinance. His speed is only slightly over the limit and probably can ask for leniency as he is a fist time offender. Do you need a defense lawyer for a minor traffic offense like this? I think he is going to escape with only a light penalty and given a stern warning. I don't think they are going to suspend his license.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
6 Oct 10
I don't think we need a lawyer, just parent or guardian. I hope that if they do suspend his license, they at least give him the work privileges so he can pay his fine.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
6 Oct 10
No your son wasn't responsible, that's true but I honestly think, now I could be wrong! but I honestly think the cop is using "scare them straight" tactic. When he goes to court, he needs to be dressed in nice clothes, not a darned suit but something decent, get a hair cut and just all around look presentable. The judge will probably reprimand him pretty strongly so hope he knows his 'yes sir or ma'am' before he goes into the court room. He needs to show his remorse and apologize and then keep quiet till he's spoken to. If he does all that, he should be ok but there again, it depends on who's going to be the judge that day and if they're in a good mood or not. Not trying to scare you two but just telling the facts. It could go either way but hopefully in his favor.
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@babyanna (1217)
• China
6 Oct 10
Hi,Thoroughrob! I don't think your son will lose his license.Here in China,one won't lose his/her license until he/she has been caught speeding for several times.But since your son is only 17,it does make the situation more complicated.And I don't know how things work in U.S..Just wish your son good luck!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
8 Oct 10
Wow, I'm surprised that 13 over the speed limit results in mandatory court appearance. My guess would be that he won't lose his license, but he will probably get a fine. At least here, there is also the option of going to traffic school (which is three hours of pure hell) but it doesn't have an impact on your insurance or points against your license. You all need to make sure and do your homework before his court appearance.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
8 Oct 10
The only reason he has to go to court is that he is under 18. I wish they would make him do that. Although, I do not know when he could he works 5 days a week and goes to school too.
@AmbiePam (50387)
• United States
6 Oct 10
Does he have prior speeding tickets? From your post it doesn't sound like he has anything to worry about, but maybe he has more going on? I got my first and only ticket when I was 25. I was going 52 in a 40 mph. I didn't have to go to court, so maybe that is why I am puzzled he is.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
6 Oct 10
He has only had his license since July. He is a minor and in Ohio, if you are not 18, you have to go to court.
• United States
6 Oct 10
Rob- I was trying to find out exactly what the fines are but as I'm not from Ohio all I could find was the restrictions for drivers under the age of 18 which may have an impact on him as a driver. http://bmv.ohio.gov/graduated_dl_teen_laws.stm#tog You may want to go through this website yourself and log in to find his ticket information before the court date. I do know that if he had been going 20mph or faster over the speed limit he would have been charged with a felony. He's very lucky! It does look like he may very well have to have a parent drive him if he pleads guilty (which he doesn't really have a choice as he was speeding). It's a tough lesson to learn, but it doesn't look like he'd have his license revoked unless he had several tickets in a short period of time. Which, in your state if you have to drive him around he won't for a bit. : ) I hope it all works out for the best. Namaste-Anora
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
6 Oct 10
Thanks, he works and goes to school almost an hour from here. He did lose his running around privileges in town and when he is not going to and from school and work.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
8 Oct 10
Here is Australia one would receive just a hefty fine and would not need to attend court or risk losing the licence unless there are previous offences which results in no demerit points. Each licence holder has 12 demerit points which will be taken away as one commits a traffic infringement; how many points get taken off depends on the offence. Once a driver has lost all 12 points it will result in a loss of licence. If a person is caught drink driving they will definitely have to attend court and they will more than likely lose their licence.
• Philippines
6 Oct 10
Oh that's sad. Our law in our country is different, therefore I can't answer your query. Anyway, I am just hoping that he will not have his license suspended.
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
6 Oct 10
I doubt it. His insurance will go up, though. You can probably avoid that by his taking a defensive driving course, that keeps the points off the license and the insurance company won't have a reason to charge more in premiums.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
6 Oct 10
good morning, Rob, oh the joy of being a mom to a teenager, lol. Been there know how u feel. I don't think he will lose his license for just speeding but will have to probably pay a good fine & court costs. I would let him pay every penny of it to.Maybe that will teach him a lesson. GOOD LUCK.