I got a ticket for an expired inspection sticker last week at a checkpoint, and this is the first time I have ever got any type of ticket other than speeding. Even the officer was pretty cool guy and told me if I got it inspected and appeared in court with proof that the judge would either throw it out or reduce the fines. Before anyone asks, I let my inspection expire because I had a broken rear upper stud on right rear coilover (over-tightened), and to replace it, I have to take the whole back end of the car apart, use an air hammer to bust the broken stud out of the fender well from the inside, and then put a new one in, and get it welded in place. Its a major PITA. Anyways, I am new to all of this so some tips or info would be nice.
Is there anyway I can get the ticket dropped before appearing in court? I know I have the option to pay the fines, but I do not want to pay $91 vs. $16 if I can get it dropped. Also, what do I do? Do I plead guilty, or do I plead not guilty? I've only been in court once before and I pleaded guilty and then requested DIP class and had my ticket thrown out. I am unsure of how the process goes for anything such as an inspection ticket. Also, what places do you guys recommend locally for inspections? I've had mine inspected all over the place, but I had a certain shop at college that I took it to that was very lenient and would pass my car every time. It seems like some shops here are very strict, and then there are some that are more lenient. Who do you guys recommend? The only thing on my car I am worried about passing is my fog lights. I did an independent fog light mod, but they stay on with the high beams, and I've heard that this is considered "illegal" (which makes no sense to me, it seems like it would help more than it would cause harm). If this is the case and I will surely fail the inspection for this, can I just remove the fuses for my fog lights so they don't turn on at all, or do the fog lights HAVE to be fully working properly? I know high beams, turn signals, break lights and reverse lights have to be working, but what about the fogs?
Any info would be greatly appreciated I have court this coming Friday, so I am trying to figure out something quick.