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Good morning. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. You do have a few options. The first, if you want to try and resolve this with a plea, is to ask the court for an offer to settle this and see if in exchange for the plea, they will agree to amend the charge to a non-moving violation, so that it will not effect your insurance or add points to your license. This would be at the discretion of the court. In addition, you can always ask for PRAYER FOR JUDGMENT CONTINUED. A Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC) is a finding of guilt without an entry of judgment for a criminal or traffic offense.
A criminal defendant who receives a Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC) on a traffic citation
may receive no Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) points or insurance points under certain circumstances. However, the charge and outcome will still be visible on the defendant’s driving record. When one uses a Prayer for Judgment Continued, the courts will not asses a fine
, although court costs will have to be paid. An individual may use one (1) PJC every three (3) years per household for insurance point purposes, and two (2) Prayer for Judgments every five (5) years for DMV point purposes. The final option is to fight this and if you do, it is certainly in your best interest to retain a traffic ticket defense attorney to represent your legal interest. The first thing which they will want to do, is review the face of the citation and see if there is a legal basis to get it dismissed. If not, they will then have to look over the facts of the case and decide if it is in your best interest to work out a plea deal or to take the case to trial and make the State prove the allegation(s) against you. The officer will need to be present. If he/she fails to appear at trial, the case will likely be dismissed, unless a continuance is granted by the Judge, upon the showing of good cause. If the officer does appear, your attorney will be given a chance to cross examine them and attack their credibility. The attorney is going to want to inspect their documents and log book, to make sure that the speed measuring device was properly calibrated, that they have the citation logged and are certified to use the equipment. Moreover, they will question them about their training and experience, trying to create doubt that they may have not known what they were doing and improperly measured your speed. They will also raise any other possible defenses, which you may have, to try and obtain a finding of not guilty.
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