I received a minor city ticket. I had to go to the county court house over an hour one way travel time. I thought I was going to be able to plea bargin with the DA's office but only got to talk to our city attorney and she will not reduce it even with a guilty plea. (jury trail fee is already paid for). My question is can I call or write a letter to the DA's office and deal with them being its in their county & their court house basicly going over my cities attorney head? ( She is right out of college & wants to change the world all by her self.)
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I believe that the DA would not have any jurisdiction over the case, since it is a city municipal ticket. You may be working with an assistant city attorney, and so she may have a supervising attorney you could speak to. Sometimes hiring your own attorney can bring down the fee you are charged for the ticket, as well.
Best of luck to you in your case.
Attorney Zorbini Bongard is correct. District Attorneys are under the jurisdiction of the circuit court, not the municipal court. Therefore, writing a letter to the DA will have not help your case.
I agree with Attorney Zorbini Bongard that an attorney may be able to help with negotiations; however, it could be cost prohibitive, especially if the modification you are seeking on the ticket is a reduced fine. If, on the other hand, if you are seeking an amendment of the type of charge/offense or a reduction in the demerit points on your license --- and you are not so concerned with the amount of the fine, hiring an attorney would likely be your best bet.