Crime & Law Enforcement Issues & Death Penalty/Speeding Ticket/ Can't Pay
I have arraignment for a speeding ticket I'm trying to keep off my record, as I don't believe I should have gotten it in the first place, since I was trying to get away from somebody following me, who has already been told not to, yet am not willing to take a bigger chance. It was agreed that I would pay 200.00 to keep it off my record in May. Here is the glitch: I don't have the money, and won't until pay period, and arraignment is before. What should I do? The city attorney told me to try to save, but come to arraignment even if I can't pay. Could I lose my license if I don't pay at arraignment? Should I explain that my medication eats up all of my money each month to the city prosecutor?
First, make sure the state's attorney assures you that the charge will be expunged/removed from your official record should you pay the fine. There will most probably be some period of time you will have to go without getting another ticket...probably a 12-month period. In some jurisdictions it is called a 'Suspended Imposition of Sentence.'
Secondly, ask the state prosecutor if you can pay the fine in installments. He/she will most likely agree since the judge would probably agree to it anyway. You can ask for a payment date 'To be no later than such and such date.'
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