This is a judgment call. If she was not driving
20-30 mph above the limit, then the fine would be the penalty. After research, I could not find a penalty for the graduated drivers license violation. Some similar charges have fines in the $20-100 range.
The decision to get a lawyer is one that you need to make with 2 considerations: 1) the effect on her driver's license, and 2) the insurance
effect. The speed and the underage passenger may not have a long-term effect on her license in the long term. It may have a strong effect on your and her insurance premiums
. In CA you can sometimes reduce or remove the charges by attending driving classes. You should contact your insurance agent and ask him or her the effect on your insurance rates given a conviction on these charges. If it is drastic, then you should consider legal help to fight the ticket. Best of luck in your decision.
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