Would you please supply us with a few more details so we can provide better advice?
In what county or city court are the charges pending?
What does the police report/what did the police officer say was the reason your son was cited for Failure to Maintain Lane?
You mention the weather was bad. What part did the weather play in his changing lanes, if that is what happened? For instance, did a strong wind push him out of his lane? Or did heavy rains cause him to slide out of his lane?
Attorney Peter Pearson
I do not really expect anything more than a fine and some points on the license if he has no prior driving issues or criminal offenses. In an abundance of caution, you can bring an attorney with you to court. However, I would start by calling the court to determine what is the normal fine for this ticket with a person your son's age. You may find he can simply pay the ticket if you want to avoid the hearing. Although the judge may just waive the fine and any points given the nature of the accident. The judge may also dismiss it outright. If the officer does not appear, I would simply move to have the case dismissed. Importantly, they did not charge him with speeding or any other violations. If the tickets are dealt with by a prosecutor, then I would call up the prosecutor and discuss it with him or her. If he does go to court, I would be sure the court is aware of his grades and I would have the girlfriend present to say he was not speeding and given the level of rain the incident was difficult to avoid.
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