Friday, May 16, 2008

Prayer For Judgment

Well, today is the day I go to the traffic court for that speeding ticket I got.

You know, the one day where I had left my wallet at home?

Here in North Carolina, there's a thing called "Prayer For Judgment." Apparently, if you get a speeding ticket you can go to court and request this of the judge. He may very well reduce the charge and the points won't be assigned to your driving record.

I'm going to request a prayer for judgment.

It may work, it may not. I'm hoping that the fact that I'm fifty years old, have been in NC for ten years without so much as a parking ticket and have no other previous problems will work in my favor.

We shall see.

I hope to wring a blog post out of the experience. A very boring blog post wherein I tell you all how the ticket got reduced to failure to dim headlights and I walk out of the court room greatly relieved. As I said...

We shall see.


Blogger furiousBall said...

i'd sing some of the Diver Dan theme, if the judge is a fan, he's totally going to rule in your favor

May 16, 2008 9:31 AM  
Blogger Jim Dunn said...

Funny you should mention this. I went to court Tuesday night. Seems I was ticketed back in March for not having proof of insurance. Now, I had insurance, and I had an insurance card with me. The card was just expired. So the friendly (really, he was) policeman says, "Go to court, show them that you're insured, and they'll drop the charges."

Which was exactly what happened. Of course, I still had the thrill of paying $114 in court costs, PLUS a $4 fee for using a credit card to pay.

Hope your experience was better than mine.

May 16, 2008 10:05 AM  
Blogger whimsical brainpan said...

I hear they are pretty good at giving those to people with clean driving records. Good luck!

May 16, 2008 3:49 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

You need to explain this 'prayer for judgement' for idiot boy here!

May 16, 2008 4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck! (I pray that it works for you.)

May 16, 2008 7:02 PM  
Blogger Craig D said...

xbox4: I had never heard of it before, either, until some of my speed-happy co-workers told me about it. It's kind of like throwing yourself at the mercy of the court. But as it turned out, I never even saw a judge! (So the whole "Diver Dan" thing didn't happen, either, furiousball!)

May 17, 2008 6:41 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

Good luck!

May 17, 2008 11:12 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

A great resource on Prayer for Judgment:

June 18, 2008 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you'll be alright. I came upon your blog as I was googling what prayer for judgment was. I got a ticket back in October on my way to the airport to come back home to Phoenix, I got caught going 83 in a 55. There was no way i'd be able to take time off to go to court across the states. I had to hire an attorney who than requested extension since i had hired him on friday and my court date was on Monday. (procrastinator). So i finally got the letter in the mail today and it says prayer for judgement, no license points and no insurance points. So all i have to do is stay out of north carolina for a yr or so - which wont be a problem since my husband isnt stationed
there anymore.
So good luck to you! Im pretty sure everything will work out in your favor!

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Blogger Cherie said...

Hi! I just fond this post by searching for info about PFJ. I'm in a situation similar to what you were in, I got my first ticket in this state a couple days ago and now I find I could have my license suspended. I'm 51 years old with a decent driving tickets for 7 years, last one driving in VA in 2002 or 2003, the one before was in Ohio in 1999 or so. How did it work out for you? Did you have a lawyer?

BTW, I used to have a blog called "Who Cares What I Think?" and I was struck by the similarity of what you called your blog.

Hope you had a good outcome for your ticket!

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