First, you have to evaluate whether or not you should take the time
and expend the effort to fight the ticket. If the ticket is not
that much or if it is the first ticket you have received, you might
just want to pay the ticket and, perhaps, enroll in a Defensive Driving
course to offset the points. However, if you have so many points
on your driving record that this might mean a suspension of your
license, then you probably should fight the ticket.
If you do plead ‘Not Guilty’ and go to court, the officer that issued
you the citation must appear. If you are lucky and the officer
does not come to court, the ticket will be dismissed.
Voluntary enrollment in Driving University, an Idaho approved Defensive
Driving School, may be a negotiating tool that you can use to reduce or
dismiss the ticket. If a traffic court judge will not permit
enrollment in lieu of a fine or points, it is still advisable to enroll
in Driving University’s online Defensive Driving course to reduce up to
3 points on your Idaho Driving Record.
You can attempt to plead your case in traffic court by yourself, but
that there are lawyers that specialize in helping people beat speeding
tickets. They know the system and will probably have a better
chance in court. If your success in court is dire, you are
encouraged to hire an attorney to represent you.