Not wearing belt noticed on a stop for an expired plate.
I'm going to start by saying I'm not a smart man.
I should have got my sticker months ago. I forgot. Not an excuse but it happened.
I was stopped driving home after a late lunch with the wife.
When we stopped for food we had spilled some trash in the car. I got out. Belt didn't retract. While leaning in i buckled it because it kept knocking garbage out of my hand. We ate and then got back in the car to drive home.
I didnt think to buckle up. It was stupid and my fault.
Fact is. Now i need to pay for my really late sticker this year and one for the beginning of next year. Everyone does i know. I wasnt trying to avoid the sticket i just forgot. But i also now have the ticket for that and a $240 ticket for the belt.
It was an honest mistake on the sticker and a stupid thing about the belt. Its a first offense in 20 years.
I am wondering what my best option is. Im planning on trying option 2. And hoping theyll have mercy. What are the chances that i can get the charges reduced?
Im definitely out of a job at the beginning of january and i need to prepare for a potential gap in employment. Regardless this is massive to me financially.
Any advice would be appreciated.
And yes. Buy my sticker (happy to) and wear my belt. Yes absolutely i will without fail from now on no excuses. But other than pucker up is there anything i could suggest to the prosecutor to find mercy?