My teenage son 17, got caught for speeding. The officer told him, if he took Defensive Driving the charges / ticket would be dropped. He has a court date on the 17th. I looked up DD courses you can take online. Are they valid for the courts? And does he have to completed these before the 17th? I was going to go with him to court, to ask if the one's I picked out, would accomodate the recommendations for the law, to drop this charge. Is that or will that work??? I as a parent don't know and want to make sure we are doing the right thing. And, they don't offer in person DD classes where we live.
A traffic law attorney can handle this for you. Or you can call the court clerk and ask which defensive driving classes are approved by the court. It is possible that your son will have to go to court and ask the judge for permission to take the Defensive Driving class. The court clerk can probably tell you whether the court automatically allows Defendants to take the DD course or if the judge has to approve it. (Don't take the police officer's word for it.) If the court does allow it, then it would look good to the judge if your son had already completed the DD course by the court date and brought in proof of completion on his court date.
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You are on the right track, but if you truly want the best for your child, you should strongly consider hiring an experienced criminal defense / traffic attorney in the area where you child got the ticket. Only someone with specific knowledge of your jurisdiction can give you the best possible legal advice.
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A court should give him 90 days to take defensive driving once he appears in court. He does not need to take the class before he appears on the 17th. As long as the class is approved by the State of Texas, he should be fine.
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