Getting a speeding ticket in Idaho can be a frustrating experience, especially if you do not live in that state. If you are an out-of-state driver, you are probably not familiar with local practices. You won’t be familiar with the courthouses, the judges, or the speeding ticket consequences in this state. To help you learn more about Idaho’s speeding ticket practices, I’ve written this article. Please continue reading if you got a speeding ticket in Idaho.
Idaho Speeding Ticket Consequences
Every state has unique speeding ticket laws. While most of these laws are similar, they can vary a little bit state by state. One way that Idaho’s speeding ticket laws are unique is in the consequences. Most states have speeding ticket consequences that vary by county. If you are charged with speeding in one county, you might face a very different fine than in another county. But, civil infractions like speeding tickets are state mandated in Idaho. This means that there are fixed penalties for civil infractions in this state. This includes both the court costs of a speeding ticket and the fine. A speeding ticket in one county will cost the same as one in another in the state of Idaho.
The exact motor vehicle violation that you face should be printed on the ticket that the police officer gives you. In addition, there should be the court costs and fines on this ticket. If your ticket doesn’t have this information on it, you should contact the court in Idaho. If you lose your ticket and need to find this information, you can look it up online or by contacting the court.
Your Idaho speeding ticket will include surcharges and court costs. This means that you will have to pay more than just the fine if you are going to plead no contest to the ticket. If you do not want to pay the fine, you do have the option of pleading not guilty to the ticket. But, pleading not guilty means that you will have to go to traffic court. You should decide if this is worth it as an out-of-state driver.
Another option that you have in Idaho is to take a defensive driving course. As a first time offender, this course will likely be an option that is open to you. But, keep in mind that you will have to pay for the course and you might have to complete it in Idaho.
If you got a speeding ticket in Idaho, you have a few options open to you. To explore these options in more depth, it is a good idea to contact a lawyer. A lawyer can give you more information based on your particular situation. They can help you make the best decision for you. To talk to me about your situation, contact my office.