I was involved in a car accident and cited for failure to maintain lane. Insurance says I was at fault, although I was hit (turning left) and I have to appear in court. Accident happened nearly two years ago, insurance paid, no one was hurt, I have switched insurance companies. What to do can I just ask for a reduced charge or a new court date?
Not sure why it took 2 years to get you to court or what your court date is set for. Bring proof of insurance from the date of the incident and proof that the claim has been paid. A reduction or dismissal may be possible. I recommend you have legal counsel for the best results.
You may elect to have an attorney represent you if you want, but the added cost may not be worth it. You did not tell is if you have had any previous court appearances on this matter, but two years indicates you may have pled not guilty in the past and have a trial approaching. You should be represented by an attorney in any trial. You may want to try talking to the solicitor to see if he will reduce your charge for a guilty or nolo contendre plea.
Get local speeding/traffic counsel involved to minimize points and insurance surcharges down the road.
You can go down to the court and pay the fines and fees for the moving violation, or you can show up for trial. There is not much that can be done to reduce a failure to maintain lane charge. If you do not think you are guilty, try the case to the court, without a jury. You can appear in court with an attorney, if you do not want to represent yourself.
My answers to questions posed on this site is no substitute for obtaining legal advice from competent local counsel.
If everyone was taken care of, sometimes you can get the case dropped or reduced. You can or have a lawyer contact the prosecutor in the case and state your case. They can verify that everyone was taken care of and there were no injuries. Reduces their case load if no one minds. HOWEVER, usually the judge has to approve. Be nice courteous.... and honest.
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