Today, on my way home from work, I got my first ticket ever. For speeding. The problem is, I wasn't speeding. I'm sure everyone says that, but it's true. The officer said he clocked me going 45 in a 30, but that couldn't be true. The worst part is, my family just switched insurance companies this week and now the premium is going to skyrocket. And my mom is yelling at me for not trying to bargain with the officer or deny it when it happened. I didn't even get a chance to. He asked for my license and registration, then walked away for a bit and came back with a citation. He never even told me why he pulled me over until the ticket was already written and in my hand. What was I supposed to do? Hand it back and tell him he's wrong? As if I could say anything, I was so confused and intimidated, I didn't know what to do.
My parents and everyone at work says I should go to court and contest it. It seems like a good idea, but if I'm that confused and intimidated from just getting pulled over and cited, how could I defend myself in a courtroom without having a complete breakdown? I could just pay the fine of $129.50, plus insurance increases. Or I could do the infraction diversion thingy for $191.50. That erases it from my record as long as I don't have any violations for 6 months afterwards. But it's so unfair that I have to pay all this money just because I'm scared to go to court. When I wasn't even speeding. Just because I'm scared that no one will believe me. What is wrong with me? Why am I such a speechless moron every time I have to deal with confrontation? Why do I put up with crap I don't deserve?