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Maybe Not That Big a Deal, but I'm Still Beside Myself

Monday, October 15, 2012

Yesterday was my birthday. I turned 30. My driver's license expired.

Last week, I filled out the form to renew online and printed out the temporary license. This morning, I saw it as I was walking out the door and figured that even though I've not been pulled over for about 13 years, I would put it in the glovebox just in case.

And it's a good thing I did.

Because I got pulled over today for expired inspection. I knew the sticker on the windshield was expired, but I thought my husband had sent in whatever needed to be sent in and everything was taken care of. I didn't realize that the sticker on the windshield wasn't something you got in the mail.

Which, don't get me wrong, I know is my responsibility.

But I am still SO UPSET that he TICKETED me for my expired inspection. It expired 15 days ago, and yesterday was my birthday! I know none of this actually matters, but I wish it had!

I cried the whole way to the gas station. The guy felt bad for me, with my red, puffy eyes, that he gave me a discount on my inspection. I know it's not that big a deal. I know it happens, but I hate, hate getting in trouble.

And I'm okay with a ticket. I'm okay with being pulled over, but I don't NEED a court date to do what I'm supposed to. And I'm going to court...I'm not paying this unless a judge makes me. If it were something I could just mail in, I'd be okay with it, but in addition to giving me a ticket, he gave me a CHORE.

I just want this over with. I'm calling tomorrow to see if I can move up my DECEMBER FOURTH court date. Anyone know if courts generally do that?

Especially because shortly after I came home, I got an offer for that job for which I interviewed last week. I'm going to have to counteroffer, but if they do accept my counter, I don't want to have to sit around here waiting for a stupid court date for a stupid inspection that was two stupid weeks overdue.

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    Ugh, that sounds so frustrating! Ahh congrats on the job offer! I'm trying to catch up on my feed so I'll have to see if they accepted your counter and what's going on with that!
    1789 days ago
    OK I am *so* late to this party, and I don't think we talked about this on the phone, but I had the same thing happen to me, remember? When I was in Virginia, I didn't want to get my plates and registration changed from Texas, and I went like five months before I ended up getting pulled over. I had to get an inspection and deal with registration/license plates (which took a couple of hours during the work day!), but when I went to court with proof I took care of everything, my ticket got dismissed! Good luck and keep me posted on how it goes!!
    1793 days ago
    Usually you can pay those online. It should say on the ticket.
    1803 days ago
    Tickets totally are no fun. I deal with them on the other end. I work in a court office. What our city does is if you receive a ticket for expired registration and if it's only been expired for a short period of time, like yours was, they give 10 days to fix the issue, show proof and then the ticket is withdrawn. No money to be paid. No court date. Basically a compliance ticket.

    Not everyone is the same. Courts in the same county can do things differently. What can also happen is if you go to court, they may give you a break. Again not every court is the same, but our Judge will dismiss the ticket with some minor costs. I don't know how much the ticket is for, but hopefully you won't have to pay anything at all or at least not the full amount.

    Even though court is a big pain in the butt, it might still be worth your time if they will reduce the charge and/or fine.

    Good luck! I hope the Judge is awesome and give you a huge break. Especially since you resolved the registration right away.
    1804 days ago
    1805 days ago
    hope the days get better
    1805 days ago
    emoticon Sorry about that. It seems like the officer would just have given you a warning for 15 days... Sounds like a terd to me. I would go to court too.

    emoticon emoticon Happy Belated Birthday... emoticon
    1805 days ago
    A belated Happy Birthday to you! And congrats on the job offer!!

    As for the ticket...maybe call the police department? Show that you, in good faith, got your inspection done immediately after you realized it was needed. Maybe they'll be able to do something?
    1805 days ago
    I could just pay the ticket and forget it, but depending on how much it is, I don't want to! I can't think of any amount I'd want to pay. I want to go to court and get the damn thing dismissed, but I don't want to wait till December to do it.
    1805 days ago
    I can't imagine why any city would want to tie up their court systems...even traffic court--for a ticket on an expired inspection. I would read the back of the ticket. Usually they give you an option to just pay by mail/online OR go to court to fight the ticket. And they do usually assign the traffic court date because it may not be held every day (once a month out here in no-whereville!) but that doesnt mean you have to go to court.

    If you do want to go to court, you should be able to go earlier (if it is available) if you explain that you are possibly moving out of the area.

    I am sorry you had to go through all this...especially on a Monday, and the day after your birthday. ~hugs~

    Congrats on the job offer! Are you excited about the prospect of moving there? If so, I hope they accept your counter and everything goes smoothly for you. Good luck!!
    1805 days ago
    Congrats on the job offer!! And about the ticket: I have mailed in a payment and avoided the court appearance that way. I plead no contest, but where as you contest that ticket I'm not positive about the court date...Good luck!!
    1805 days ago
    emoticon on the job offer! That's so exciting--I hope they say yes to your counteroffer!!

    BOO on the ticket, of course. The cop may have been anxious to make his quota. If it helps at all, this fall I got my first moving violation EVER!! for going through a red light. We have cameras at so many intersections now, & they are merciless. The series of photos included with the ticket left no wiggle room.

    Weird that you can't just mail in the ticket with a check, or pay it online!

    1805 days ago
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