If you are charged with speeding in Delaware, the process will be slightly different than getting a speeding ticket in another state. Even if you have already gone through the speeding ticket process elsewhere, things will likely be a little different in Delaware. As an out of state driver from Connecticut, there is some information that you should know. This can help you navigate the Delaware speeding ticket process.
As with many states, your speeding ticket will differ depending on where you were pulled over for speeding. The fine for a speeding ticket differs from county to county. For this reason, you will have to refer to your individual ticket to find out how much you owe or what court you should appear in. If you need help interpreting this information, a lawyer can provide it.
How To Plead
When facing a Delaware speeding ticket, you have two main options. The first option is to choose voluntary assessment. This means that you choose to pay the ticket. If you choose this option, you have to pay the ticket within 30 days of getting it. Your ticket should say how you can pay it. Depending on where you were charged, you might be able to pay online, in person, by mail, by fax, or by phone. Whatever you choose, make sure that you pay the fine within 30 days.
Keep in mind that if you choose voluntary assessment, you will accumulate driving record points. This could be a major drawback to this option depending on your personal situation. You could avoid driving record points by participating in a defensive driver course.
The other option is to plead not guilty to the charges and take your case to court. Of course, taking your case to court means that you must appear in Delaware Court. If you live in Connecticut or another state, this can be difficult. If you are found not guilty, you won’t face any penalties. But, if you are found guilty, you might waive your right to avoid having points assessed against your license.
To make the right decision given your situation, you should contact a motor vehicle violation lawyer such as myself.