Okay...it's not like I killed anyone or broke into someone's house. I got pinched for speeding. I got my notice for my initial court hearing in a few weeks. I have the option of pleading guilty and paying the fine ahead of time and not having to go to court. Or I can plead not guilty and a trial date will be set. I don't deny that I was speeding, so there's a part of me that says just take my medicine, plead guilty and get it over with. However, the out of state town I was stopped in offered me probation at the time if I paid a $200 fine within seven days. If I didn't get stopped again within a year, the violation would be purged from my record. Unfortunately, the only day during that seven day period that I was able to make it to the police station (a Sunday), I was told that I had to pay with a cashier's check. There was was no way for me to get one on a Sunday. So the offer of probation fell by the wayside. Until now I haven't received a moving violation since I was in college almost 20 years ago. In Illinois as a first time violator I would just be given probation and sent to traffic school. I'm not sure I'll receive the same treatment if I go to court in Indiana. I guess I'm concerned if I plead not guilty and lose, I'll still wind up with the violation on my record, but I'll also be on the hook for hundreds of additional dollars in court costs. I'm sure plenty of people here have been in the same boat, so what would you do?