Re: Too Late to Request Traffic School at Trial De Novo
It is a new trial, and only the evidence and/or testimony presented during the TDN can be evaluated by the judge.
Your trial by declaration statement is filed in the same folder that is with the judge at the time your case is being heard, so yes, s/he can read it if s/he chooses to. As for the officer knowing what you wrote, I am not so sure s/he cares... But if you're presenting the same set of arguments, along with the same information/testimony/evidence, then I'm am not sure why you'd care who reads it!
To answer your other question about traffic school, no, it is not too late to request traffic school at a Trial De Novo, but... the judge is not under any obligation to grant your request. Your only guaranteed shot at traffic school is if you ask for it at the arraignment (your first appearance in front of the judge during which you enter your plea.
I am right 97% of the time... Who cares about the other 4%!