o boy! pig stories!! i have a few lol (none in my 00 GT, yet)
my dad got me a 92 foxbody hatchback, the 4 banger one b/c it was 16 and didn't need a 5.0. we were going to upgrade to the 5.0 but i got older and decided my career was more important... anywho.
first ticket i got was a "loud music ticket" $320 i think for having my stereo too high. it was only 3 10" subs in the back lol
then a speeding ticket. after the first speeding ticket (which i got out of b/c of the high school i went too and one of my classmates mom was the DA) i decided to try alternative methods instead of going to the court and talking to the judge directly for a reduce in the fine or traffic school. i decided to try out the Written Declaration. now im in California, so I don't know if this is available in Ohio or other states; but I'd give it a try.
Here is what I've done for the past 4 speeding tickets (again, in my 4 banger 92 RED mustang). IF your state allows for the Written Declaration option for fighting a ticket.
1. Go to the court on the court date that the officer writes on the ticket. You will stand in line, with all of the other pissed off and mean looking people. When you talk to the clerk, all you are going to do is say that you would like to request a trial by written declaration. He/She will ask if you want to pay now or later; I usually say later so I can save up some money over the next month or two. After you get the paperwork from the clerk, there will be a NEW court date on the paperwork. Usually about a month or two, maybe 3 months from that current date. This new date is when you have to submit the written declaration to the court. When writing the letter; add some truth but also add some BS. (Example; my car is a 4 banger and cannot accelerate that quickly to reach those speeds OR the officer did NOT calibrate their radar/lidar gun - both guns DO need to be calibrated).
2. On your new court date; go to court, submit the written declaration and the bail amount. After that; the officer will be notified to write his/her letter. At this point; it has been several months since the ticket violation and the officer may forget to submit the letter or may not remember all the facts. If the officer doesn't write a letter, the case is dismissed and you will receive a full refund and no point on your record. If the officer writes the letter it will then go to the judge and the judge will review both letters and decide.
3. If the judge finds in favor of you; the case is dismissed and a refund will be sent to you and no point on your record. If the judge finds you still guilty you can request a Trial di Novo (in California anyway) which is a second trial where you meet the judge and talk to him.
4. If you request for a new trial, a new court date will be set. Usually a month or two later. Go to the court on that date and speak with the judge. The officer may be present but if not the case is dismissed and you get a refund and no point. If the officer is there; you can plead with the judge and ask for a reduced fine and traffic school so no point is on your record. At this point you are a good 6+ months from the ticket date and the officer won't remember every detail about what happened which gives you the advantage.
The outcome is very good using this option but it takes a lot of time and patience.