A few weeks ago I was pulled over for speeding (50 in a 35...I didn't realize it was a 35 mph zone, and I had a guy riding my *** with his brights on). Anyway, the officer gave me a warning for the speed, but a ticket for having a broken taillight (the little light over the license plate).
He didn't mention anything about paying a fine (he just told me to get the light fixed), and the actual ticket didn't have a price to pay on it, though he did give me a little sheet of fine fees along with the ticket and warning sheets.
I signed the ticket, checked "admit," and sent it in.
I got it back today, saying the case was deferred to the 19th (and that I "failed to appear" in court, even though they received the ticket the same day I was to appear), because the payment wasn't sent in.
The kicker is, the taillight wasn't even broken. When I got home, I found that some kind of soot-like substance got on the light and covered it.
The ticket fee is apparently $121.
Is there anything I can do about this? I plan to fight it, as $121 for having a dirty taillight is absolutely outrageous, especially to someone in my financial situation.