If you have never been in front of a judge before and you recently received a speeding ticket, it is understandable that you might be a little apprehensive about what to expect in court.
The first time that you go to court for your speeding ticket is actually called an arraignment. When you are called upon, you will stand and answer the judge when he asks you if you are pleading guilty or innocent.
If you choose to plead guilty, then you will be sentenced on the spot. Before judgment is made the judge will usually give you a chance to briefly speak and explain yourself. This is your plea to get the fine reduced if you explain your circumstances.
As far as time is concerned, it is hard to determine a specific duration. You could be the first case called or you could sit there through lunch. However, once you are called it only takes a few minutes for the whole procedure to be completed.
Pleading Not Guilty
If you decide to plead not guilty, then you can go to trial. This would be on a different date and the policeman that gave you the ticket will be present. He will tell his story and then you get to have your say. In this event ,you have to be able to prove that you were not speeding.
When the case goes to the trial date it is mandatory that the policeman that issued the speeding ticket is present. If he does not show up, then the case would likely get dismissed.
Cheryl Hinneburg has been a freelance writer for five years. In addition to the regular clients that she works for, Hinneburg also writes regularly for Demand Studios and Associated Content, and is a provider for eLance. She is an award-winning poet and is currently working on a Master of Science with a certificate in substance abuse counseling at Capella University.