Is It Worth Trying To Fight Or Amend Minor Speeding Ticket In Texas County Or Do AntiMasking Laws Prevail?

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Jay R.'s Comment
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I see a lot of advertisements for lawyers who are able to get a speeding ticket removed, amended or reduced. Well, I got a speeding ticket in my commercial truck for going 55 in a 45 zone in the part of the Oklahoma state route that belongs to Texas County. The reason I am mentioning the location is because I spoke to an attorney that works with the company I work for’s law firm under which I am enrolled for benefits, and he said that had it been elsewhere that I got the ticket, he would make an effort to represent me but because it occurred in Texas County, there is no chance that anything can be done and so he does not want to show up on my behalf.

According to him, Anti-Masking laws apply in every state, but from what I’ve gathered, surely there are cases of tickets being amended all the time throughout and what not, right? I don’t really know what the difference is in Texas County specifically. But either way, is it still worth trying? What is worse that can happen if worse case scenario I don’t find an attorney and instead I show up in court myself and lose? Do I just pay the original ticket or will there be extra penalties laid upon me?

Or, if I am counting on the chance that the officer doesn’t show up (so that it gets dismissed) but he DOES show up, can I then just pay the ticket right there and then, since I wouldn’t really have a defense explanation?

What if in reality he clocked me going higher than 10mph over but wrote me for only 10mph over out of courtesy? Can he go back and put the citation charge for going over 10mph, out of “revenge” for him having to show up to court?

Lastly, have you ever, or do you know anyone, who’s gotten a ticket in that area specifically and had to show up to the Hooker, OK court? Any info on this would be greatly appreciated as well as answers to the questions above, especially regarding my worse case scenario for showing up and the officer showing up as well, that way I can know whether it’s worth the attempt to do so or not (lest it backfire worse than if I had just accepted & paid the ticket). Thanks.

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Banks's Comment
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I've never been to Texas County Oklahoma, but I did get a speeding ticket in February of this year. I contacted a lawyer and he told me to enter a not guilty plea to avoid any suspensions and he would take it from there

I went to enter the plea in person and when I got to the court the door was locked. There was a sign on the front that said office personnel and law enforcement only. I had to get an envelope and go to the post office and have them drop it in their Po box.

A few days later I get a letter from the court saying my court date is xx/yy/zzzz and it'll be via zoom. It included instructions on how to use zoom along with the password I needed. I didn't attend court, my lawyer did

I'm guessing Texas County Oklahoma is the same deal. They're probably not having hearings in person, but are doing virtual hearings. I would talk to another lawyer and see what they say. In the meantime, enter a not guilty plea to buy you some time.

Good luck

Chief Brody's Comment
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As Banks, said go ahead and enter a not guilty plea which should trigger a court date allowing you to either have a trial or show up and negotiate with prosecuting attorney.

The problem is as the lawyer mentioned the Anti- masking laws. The Federal Regulations prohibit local jurisdictions from amending tickets. And the further problem that some drivers have ran into is, even if the ticket is amended at the local level, your state Department of Revenue may still report it as the original speeding charge.

As far as whether the officer would try to amend the original charge stated on the ticket, don't think a judge would receive that very well.

So if you want to take the time to actually set it for trial with the hope that the officer doesn't show up, I don't see much downside to that.

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