While coming off 24 highway off independence ( with no deceleration ramp), my driving instructor ( I was in driver's ed and the car was even labelled. The officer briefly followed and pulled over regardless) told me to speed up to merge. But as we were going downhill, my acceleration increased ( uncontrollable). Instructor told me to slow down, & was already slowing down but supposedly I didn't press down on the brake in time before the officer posted on the far lane caught the speed with laser. Now, a couple things to mention. Firstly, I have an instructor permit and he gave me 2 points, along with a ticket ( even though he could've given me a while instead). He then made me sign this document that basically said I wasn't pleading guilty. I'm not required to go to court or anything, but I am going to try to talk to a prosecutor or judge at the municipal court to clear this $192 fine up. I'm not looking to take this to trial anything, but I'm wanting to make sure I'm doing the right thing here. Currently, I'm waiting on the notice. The instructor gave me a certificate and said not to worry about it and just explain to them the issue, and that it was my 1st in that area.
When you receive a speeding ticket, these are your options:
1) You can plead guilty and pay the fine (if you do that, points will be added to your driving record and your car insurance rates will likely increase), or
2) You can plead not guilty and take it to trial, or
3) You can hire an attorney to get the ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation that won't affect your driving record or insurance rates.
It doesn't matter that you were in a driver's ed car or that the instructor told you to speed up to merge.
You can go to court and try to explain your story to the judge, but it is highly unlikely that the judge will take the time to hear your side of the story or dismiss your ticket. You can ask to speak to the Prosecutor about it, but prosecutors often don't have time to meet with defendants who are not represented by attorneys. You might want to check with the court clerk about that before your court date.
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The fact that you were in an educator's car does not excuse you from the ticket. In fact, getting a full license from a learner's permit requires you to have no moving-violations for the previous 12 months. Therefore, you should hire an attorney to get this charge reduced or dismissed.
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