I am going to share my experience because perhaps the same course of action would work for some of you who recently received tickets.
I know that this is a frustrating experience for you, and that you are looking for answers.
I received a ticket for speeding 2 years ago- going 50 in a 35 on the outskirts of a small town here in VA.
And while I live here in VA, the court date printed on my ticket was during a time my work required me to attend a mandatory conference out of state.
So here is what I did:
Within two days, I called the local Clerk of Court's office (number printed on ticket), introduced myself, and *politely* explained my situation and asked some questions about how this would be handled.
The Clerk of Court staff person told me that the judge would consider whether to change my court date to a later date. Of course, that date, should he be willing to change it, would be at the judge's discretion (and I knew that if that date was inconvenient that would be pretty much tough luck for me. I had a vacation out of state coming up as well.)
Frankly, I did not want to waste the court's time by attempting to defend my actions which were unlawful.
So I asked the staff person if I chose to admit guilt and pay the ticket/fine what the cost would be.
She looked up the ticket and gave me the cost.
Ouch, but hey, I did the crime, I paid the fine and learned my lesson.
For the record, there were no "outrageous court costs" because I did not waste the court's time.
It was something like $257 total.
I mailed in my ticket, signed admitting guilt, with my check- paid the cost. Done.
Once again, here is what I did: I called the local Clerk of Court's office and ***politely**** explained my situation and asked some questions.
I asked for help with a humble attitude and did not seek to blame others for my own problem.
I have found that having a humble attitude is key when asking for help.
You might consider using language like "Is it possible that someone might be able to look up my ticket and help me figure out how much my fine and costs will be? I was caught doing the wrong things and I just want to accept responsibility..."
So my best counsel would be to look carefully at your ticket, call the number, be kind and patient when you call, and they may be able to help you.
If they cannot help you, kindly ask if they know someone else who could help you- that you are not trying to dodge responsibility, but are being pro-active in paying your fine after having learned your lesson.
They should be able to look it up and calculate your fine, based on how many mph over the speed limit you were clocked at.
And I cannot imagine why anyone's driving record should be considered in any speeding ticket situation.
I had no tickets on my record previously. So what? Caught red-handed pretty much speaks for itself.
Please keep in mind that business operates differently up north (including NoVA) than down south.
I've been told that rudeness is a way of life in some places, but that mess will not fly down here.
I understand that time is money to some folks, but if you are patient and humble and don't try to rush people most folks will he happy to help you.