My question involves a speeding ticket from the State of: Federal Land (outskirt of Yellowstone park)
A Yellowstone Park police issued me a speeding ticket: 75 mph on 55 mph (no cars around, straight stretch, dry clear evening) 36 CFR4.21C. The violation will be recorded by the Central Violation Bureau. There is a radar record. I admitted the guilt verbally to the ranger when he asked 'how fast are you going'. Mistakenly I said 70-75'. But the ranger's note I got from the DA does not have my confession. I have been talking with the DA.
The DA said the ticket is class B misdemeanor (the speedy trial law does not apply). The DA offered to strike the speed (I pay fine, I admit the guilt). The federal court does not offer a traffic school. The misdemeanor will remain in my federal record for life (Federal employer and FBI will see it). This is my first speeding ticket and I do not have any criminal record.
My questions are
- should I accept the DA offer?
- how serious the class B crime (driving without license is class B; most speeding is class C)
- if I eventually go for the trial and lose (plead guilty), do I have to pay the court cost?