What is the best way to contact the DA to discuss this. Say, "Can you amend or reduce my ticket to a lesser offense?" Should I say that I did slow down but not switch lanes, which is still admitting guilt?
And if I decide to hire a lawyer, won't it cost about the same as just paying the fine? If I plead guilty to this, will I have to go to court, or can I just pay the fine and move on?
I just called the DA and they said they don't handle these types of tickets. They said to call the court. Would I still go about this matter the same way as I would if I were speaking to the DA?
Just to clarify, my goals are:
1. Not go to court because I don't have a car, and would like to avoid driving as much as possible. I also have a small child and would need to bring him to court too or pay more money for a sitter in which we don't have one at the moment. Also, less hassle is better.
2. Reduce the fine.
The wording on the ticket says (if pleading guilty): "I have been charged with the violation as specified on the other side of this ticket. I acknowledge receipt of the warning printed in bold type on the the other side of this ticket, and I waive arraignment of open court and the aid of an Attorney. I plead GUILTY to the offense as charged and request that this charge be disposed of and a fine or penalty fixed by the court."
That means no court if I plead guilty, correct?
This is more for the public, but I called the court and the woman I spoke with said that I if I want to amend or reduce my ticket to a lesser fine, then I have to mail in my ticket and plead "not guilty." Afterwards, I will be given a court date where I can make my claim. They will also take into consideration my driving record. So if you have a good driving record, then the expert's advice is great. He's absolutely right when he says, "Any deal you can work out will be better than simply pleading guilty and paying the fine."
After making my claim, the court will offer me a deal. If I choose to accept the deal, I will not have to appear in court and may possibly be able to reduce my fine as well.
I have hope since this is my first ticket ever in 17 years of driving. Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX me luck!
I finally received a response from the court – all charges dismissed because the officer didn't have a supporting deposition. Thanks so much!!
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