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Unless you have a large prior criminal record you are not going to jail for this -- but if it was caught on camera and you receive a fine it will be in the nature of $500 and your insurance policy will increase for 3 years because of additional points that will be added for a moving violation. Typically there is no excuse and no reduction in a ticket for a school bus violation (these are taken very seriously) so you may simply want to pay the fine and plead guilty if they are not intent upon throwing the book at you and trying to push for jail time.
I had just noticed that this was relisted -- my comment that it was "non-negotiable" was regarding the fine that comes along with getting a ticket for driving by a school bus. When you receive the citation there will either be a fine amount on the ticket or you will have a court date and a fine will be assessed at the court date. Many people go to court thinking that they can get a fine significantly reduced or even thrown out and it has been my experience that in situations with school bus tickets -- whatever the statutory amount for the fine is the court will not reduce it simply because of the type of ticket it is. At this point you are not even sure what the citation will say and so the safest route is to plead not guilty at first and depending on the charges your lawyer will negotiate the best deal that he/she can for you here. Because you have no real prior record, driving or otherwise, I do not believe that there will be jail time involved -- but there could be some community service or traffic school and a fine (which I do not believe will be very negotiable)-- and that is where your attorney comes in -- to work the best deal that he can get for you under the circumstances. I did not mean to alarm you and I apologize for the wording choice but I was referring to the fine itself initially.
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