Yesterday I got pulled over for speeding. I’ll admit that I deserved it. As a result, I am totally suprised when the officer says he’ll “give me a break” and writes me a seatbelt ticket instead of a speeding ticket. Apparently a seatbelt ticket is not a moving violation and therefore will not raise my insurance rates (This is what the officer said. This is my first ticket so I don’t have any experience with this.)
The only thing is I was wearing my seatbelt. So I got out of a ticket I deserved and got a ticket for something I didn’t do. I need some advice.
Can I plead innocent to the seatbelt ticket? If I plead guilty, is that not perjury? Or should I just be thankful I got a break, suck it up, and pay the fine? Is there even any chance of getting a seatbelt ticket thrown out?
Finally, was the officer within his power to switch my speeding ticket with the seatbelt one? It just seems odd that he would be able to ticket me for something I didn’t do.
I live in New York state if it helps.