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I got a traffic ticket for prohibited cell phone use and not

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I got a traffic ticket for prohibited cell phone use and not having a issued licence. it's total of $560 which is not a lot but I'm in the process of getting my paperwork (greencard, id etc) and unfotunately i can't get a licence until they give me my id work permit etc. This is happenning for the second time.the first time was almost 2 years ago and i went to courthouse straight and pleaded guilty and paid the fee without knowing i could've dealt and got it dismissed or i could have done something that has less negative affects to my side. I live in LA so driving a car is crucial for running errands. Since the Government has been making me wait (which has been more than 2 years now) i don't want to pay for this ticket anymore. I want either to pay less (maybe with going to court and dealing with it)or  get it dismissed somehow.


Should i go to court instead of paying the bail straight ?

which one is the best option ?

or do you have better suggestion ?

Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking.

You can go to court and plead not guilty, but I am afraid that the judge is going to tell you not to drive without a license and for a second offense you can have a license suspension for up to 1 year. Thus, what you need to do is go to court with an attorney because the attorney is going to have to negotiate this with the prosecutor, as the prosecutor will not negotiate with a defendant (you) directly on this type of charge.

If you are going to insist on driving without a license, then you need to be more careful and not commit any violations to cause the police to want to stop you, because it is against the law to drive without a license and no matter what your excuse if you get caught a third time you are looking at up to 1 year in jail.

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