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Here's my question: Has anyone had any luck with taking tickets to court and getting fines reduced? I'm planning on pleading NG or no contest, and hoping for a fine reduction. Anyone from WI have any comments or advice?

I'm not in WI. I got stopped for speeding in NC once, however, a few years back. It was when I had just moved over from the UK and was still adjusting to 55 mph speed limits on the freeways!!! (55, no wonder Europeans hate seeing American drivers attempting to drive in Europe, LOL) My ticket was for 70 in a 55 zone.

I hired a lawyer for $200 who got the ticket dismissed. Don't ask me how. But considering that the usual penalty is not just a fine but also 3 points on you licence - which doubles or triples your insurance rates for THREE years - it was the best $200 I had ever spent. It saved me paying an extra $2000+ in car insurance for 3 years.

For a speed of 81 in a 65 zone, you were doing 16 miles over the speed limit. I remember being told by my lawyer back when I had my ticket, that 15 miles over the limit was a "cutoff point" for many states - more than 15 miles over, and if you plead guilty or no contest, they will yank your licence.

My advice? Get a lawyer. $200 is cheap consideringthe alternatives.
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