How can I be issued a ticket for inattentive driving after I was accused of scuffing the bumper of a car parked illegally?
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If you hit another car the officer can very possibly make a case to the judge of inattentive driving. If the judge believes you that you did not hit the other car he should find you not guilty. Whether the illegal parking of the other car makes a difference or not will depend on the exact circumstances.
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The fact dispute that you write about in your question is why there are trials. Has the claim been reported to your liability insurer?
You are lucky in that "inattentive driving" or "careless driving" are city or county offenses and not violations of state law. These offenses are not reported to the state.
However, you should understand although it is rarely used, for drivers under 18, K.S.A. 8-2117(a) contains the following two sentences:
" * * * Otherwise, the court may suspend the license of any person who is convicted of a traffic offense and who was under 18 years of age at the time of commission of the offense. Suspension of a license shall be for a period not exceeding one year, as ordered by the court."
This allows the court to suspend your driver's license for driving one mile per hour above the speed limit. While it is rare that this section is used, it exists.
A suspension of your driving privileges can result in cancellation of your parents' insurance (See K.S.A. 40-277, available on the web at: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2019_20/statute/040_000_0000_chapter/040_002_0000_article/040_002_0077_section/040_002_0077_k/). This could be very expensive.
Talk to your parents. Your parents should go with you to the first appearance.