I was recently driving and got stopped by an unmarked patty wagon looking vehicle that turned out to be a police officer.
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He wrongfully accused me of swerving through lanes and speeding. He doesn't have me clocked. This resulted in a mandatory court. Is it worth getting a lawyer or should I try to fight this myself?
Yes. Laswyers can be most helpful in situations like yours. Even if you decide not to hire one it is in your best interest to speak with a VA attorney. I would search Avvo for a lawyer near you.
Best of Luck
What the police officer told you on the side of the road is often not everything he has in his notes. It sounds like you were charged with Reckless Driving which is actually a misdemeanor charge not just a moving violation. It is always best to consult with local counsel because simply stating "No, I wasn't doing that" is not going to be that persuasive of an argument in front of a judge.
Sounds like you have been charged with Reckless Driving
If that is the case, you should. Reckless is a Class 1 Misdeameanor punishable for up to 1 year in jail and $2500 fine. It also carries 6 Demerit Points.
The officer will testify he saw erratic driving behavior. Reckless by definition is driving in a manner that endangers the life, limb or property of a person. Through rigorous cross examination, I cannot imagine the Officer will say you did everything wrong. With a decent driving record, you could be found guilty of a lesser offense.
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