There are different questions you have asked. One is "Can I represent myself." Your wife could represent herself, but unless you are an attorney, you cannot represent her. It is not a good idea for your wife to represent herself. You are more than likely not going to get a trial by jury with a traffic ticket of following too closely, but you could try. What the responding officer said is technically correct but it is totally understandable why you wouldnt want a vehicle to slam into yours with young children in the back. If she has witnesses, she should get them as soon as possible -- their names, numbers, and addresses. I think you will be able to find an attorney to represent her for this matter at a reasonable price. If she has a clean driving history, it also helps.
Unless you are a lawyer, you cannot represent her. That's a serious crime. So you won't get to speak. And that's a good thing. This is a case where a lawyer will know how to present the case. Depending on the details, which court and her record, she may be able to work out a plea deal to a non-reporting offense, or come up with other alternatives.
A trial by jury is probably a bad idea. Without a lawyer that will be a disaster, and although with one, things may go okay, the cost would be huge. See a lawyer, weigh the options and there likely are cost effective answers.
If you find this answer helpful, please mark it here on AVVO as helpful. In answering you, I am attempting to communicate general legal information and am not representing you (and am not your lawyer). Do feel free to call me at 404-768-3509 if you wish to discuss actual representation (the phone call also does not retain counsel; that requires an office visit and appropriate paperwork). In that a forum such as this provides me with limited details and doesn't allow me to review details and documents, it is possible that answers here, while meant to be helpful, may in some cases not be complete or accurate, and I highly recommend that you retain legal counsel rather than rely on the answers here. (You can also email my office at email@example.com . An email also does not retain my office, but can help you get an appointment set if you prefer not to call). I am happy to discuss possible representation with you. Any information in this communication is for discussion purposes only, and is not offered as legal advice. There is no right to rely on the information contained in this communication and no attorney-client relationship is formed. Nothing in my answer should be considered as tax-advice. To ensure compliance with IRS Circular 230, any U.S. federal tax advice provided in this communication is not intended or written to be used, and it cannot be used by the recipient or any other taxpayer (i) for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties that may be imposed on the recipient or any other taxpayer, or (ii) in promoting, marketing or recommending to another party a partnership or other entity, investment plan, arrangement or other transaction addressed herein. I am also required to advise you, if your question concerns bankruptcy, that the U.S. Congress has designated Ashman Law Office as a debt relief agency that can help people file bankruptcy.
Best bet is to spend a couple hundred bucks for a traffic court lawyer that handles cases in that court, so you have a chance at a favorable resolution.
Only 29% Contingency Fee! Phone: 215-510-6755 www.InjuryLawyerPhiladelphia.com
You can not represent her unless you are an attorney. If she want a jury trial she will need an attorney.
Darrell B. Reynolds, Sr.
Attorney and Counselor at Law
"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."
- William Shakespeare
NOTICE – 1) This email does not create an attorney/client relationship. In order to create an attorney/client relationship with this office it is necessary to enter into a written contract agreed to by both parties. 2) This email is intended only for the person(s) listed in the To: and CC: lines. It is not intended for anyone else and any reliance upon this email by other parties is at their own peril. 3) This e-mail, and all attachments transmitted with it, may contain confidential, proprietary, or legally privileged information that is intended solely for the individual(s) or entity(ies) to which it is addressed. If you are not an intended recipient, then you are not authorized to read, distribute, copy, or otherwise use any or all portions of this e-mail or any attachment. If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender immediately by e-mail or by telephone at 1-404-636-6616, and delete all copies of this e-mail. Thank you.