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I am sorry to hear this has happened, but in OH the courts consider this negligent and reckless I am sorry to say and if you say it seemed safer than him following you on his bike the court will say you should have put him in the car with you not in the car you were towing, so they will not buy that as an excuse for not guilty, only perhaps to lower the fine. You can present this to the prosecutor when negotiating your no contest plea and ask for at least a reduction in the fine and try to negotiate that with the prosecutor, but it does not absolve you of guilt on this type of case I am afraid.
However, you have some mitigation in that you had no adult available to steer, but this would only generally serve to lessen the fine not really change the fact that a 9 year old should not be behind the wheel of a car on a highway being towed. The court is going to say that you should have called a tow truck or left the car there until you could find some adult to assist. Furthermore, I have seen cases like this in OH where they charged the person with child neglect/endangerment on top of the citation as this is how serious the courts in OH take this matter.
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