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A number of months ago I got a speeding ticket on my way home from work. I was at the time rushing to get home to deal with a "D" attack. I did in fact have an accident (poop not car) as a reult of being pulled over. My day in court is next Wednesday. I can either plead guilty pay the fine, have 3 points put on my record and probably face an insurance increase or I can plead guilty with an explanation, explain my situation and tell the court that I was so desperate that I did infact have an accident. My best result there is possibly a reduced fine but probably not a reduction in points or a break on insurance. I suppose I can plead not guilty, explain my IBS and hope the judge is sympathetic.Any advice would be appreciated.
 
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Since the results of the first two are so minimally different I would certainly go for the 3rd possibility and plead innocent. All the judge can do is not agree with you, right? By the way, did you tell the officer the problem? Might not hurt to have your doctor write a note explaining your condition to the judge. That way you might not have to explain the whole thing in open court!
 

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Odeal,I like your idea of a doctors letter.I did tell the officer of my IBS situation but I did not have the accident until I was on my way after I got the ticket.The officer's response was that road saftey cannot be jeaporadized for the sake of getting to the bathroom on time. In any case, thanks for your advice I will post the final result next week after my case is heard.
 

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I always say just tell the truth. I like odeal's idea about a Dr.'s note. I would bet that you'll still have to pay a reduced fine, but that's better than the all of it. Speeding is speeding, but when in need of a bathroom, who cares!Hope it all works out for you.
 

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I was an Auxiliary OPP officer for a number of years. One day while I was out on patrol with a regular officer, he told the previous day he pulled over a lady with IBS. He knew what I went through and escorted her to the nearest washroom without giving her a ticket.He said he thought of me, comforting thought and called my lomotil "industrial strength" Although I have been pulled over many times for speeding, I have been lucky enough not to have been ticketed.Don't plead guilty! Bring in your doctors note. Once you plead guilty your points lost. You may get a reduction in the fine. But if you plead innocent, the judge may be leinient and agree. With any luck, the officer won't show up, and it will be thrown out!
 
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Plead not guilty and tell the truth. The doctor's note sounds like a great idea! Good luck. Make sure you let us know how you make out.
 

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I agree - plead not guilty. Bring a doctor's note. and if you have a good driving record - POINT IT OUT! Tell the judge that you're not an habitual speeder - you were in the throes of a medical problem, and that you won't do it again (they love to hear that). Good luck and tell us how it goes.------------------ Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.Missycat
 

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Personally, I would have trouble pleading not guilty if I knew I was speeding. I would plead guilty but explain the situation and bring a doctors note and accept what comes. Unfortunately, I have this very overactive conscious that would bother me and pester me to no end if I plead not gulity when I knew I was speeding. This dang conscious sometimes really bugs me cause it won't let me have any fun.....lol...Good luck, let us know what happens.
 

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A toughie for sure! I'd go with the Not Guilty Plea and a doctor's note. I just hope for your sake that the courtroom is not packed with people on your day in court! tee hee..!! That would be very uncomfortable for you - poor you. But I do know if it had been me, I would first have told the officer, hoped for his sympathy, then if still issued a ticket, would go to court and plead Not Guilty! As long as you were driving safely... I speed a lot for the same reason, but I'm very careful - there is reckless speeding and careful speeding! And I ALWAYS slow down to the speed limits in school zones, regardless of the consequences... and I never speed unless I am alone in the car.Good luck - let us know how it went in court.
 
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Hi Jay, I don't know the law in the state where you live, nor do I know how much over the speed limit you were going. Your actual speed would decide how you present this to the court. Generally, I would plead not guilty, get a letter from my MD that confirms Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and state something to the effect that if I was, in fact, exceeding the speed limit, it was due to a medical emergency and present your confirming paper. I would not acknowledge speeding unless your speed was greatly in excess of that posted. I would also offer into evidence my prior history of good driving times X amount of years (hopefully you have one). Be courtious, direct, make good eye contact. I think you have an excellent chance of getting off the hook. In some jurisdictions the citing officer does not have to be present--like here in Massachusetts. In others, your case will be dropped if he is not present. Don't disparage the officer or court process in any way.Often they will tell you something like " I'll give you a break this time-- slow down in the future." Jut say thank you and leave. Also, be well dressed for court (some of this seems obvious, but you wouldn't believe what people wear to court these days!) This shows respect for court, and that you take the matter seriously. Here in Massachusetts you don't appear in court or in front of a judge--a court-magistrate hears each case in a private room, with a representative from the police department there--just the three of you! Maybe you should take some Immodium prophylactically before you go--- sh-tting on the courtroom floor could be termed "contempt of court"; on the other hand, it could prove your case! Let us know how you make out next week--my gut feeling is that if you follow these guidelines, you'll be okay. Signed--a Massachusetts lawyer------------------"Do not go gentle into that good night"
 

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I agree with all. Plead not guilty. And listen to Janice Elaine K, as she is a lawyer. What she says really makes sense to me. And good luck! Let us know the outcome!Spirit.
 
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