Questions about a court appearance.
November 20, 2012 8:51 PM Subscribe
How do I let a judge know I plan to take a driving course?
posted by Rosengeist to law & government (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So, recently I was involved in an accident. I was the one who caused the accident, due to being new to an area and unfamiliar with the terrain/road conditions. Thankfully, no one was harmed in the accident, and while I did hit another car, it caused only minor damage. The officer who came to the scene said this happens often in the town and was sympathetic, but had to give me a citation which required I appear in court. My citation was specifically because I failed to excercise due caution. I plan to plead guilty when I have my court date, but I had a few questions and was hoping someone might have some advice/ideas on them. This isn't a major case, I'm just receiving a sentence for a citation, so I have not hired a lawyer. As far as I was made aware, it wasn't neccesary for this sort of infraction.
Someone suggested to me that I plead no contest rather than not guilty. As far as I can tell, this doesn't offer me much in the way of benefits in court, if anything, I am afraid it might agitate the judge. Are there any benefits? Would such a plea get me in trouble?
Also, I plan on volunteering to take a driving safety course over the holidays while I am on break. As far as I understand, doing this can help you out in a case such as mine, and at any rate, it doesn't hurt to brush up. At what point is it appropriate to inform the judge of this, or is it something you simply alert the court to after the fact? Also, I will be traveling to another state for the holidays, which is when I plan to take the course. Do I need to take the class in the state where the accident occured? Is there a time frame this needs to be completed in?
Any advice guys? Hoping to get out of this with maybe a few hundred in fines and a slap on the wrist. Generally, I have a good driving record, and this is the first accident I've been involved in in over a decade (back when I was a 16 year old newb.). Don't really have that much experience with traffic court, or courts in general, so any advice is appreciated.