My question involves traffic court in the State of: Connecticut
I have a pending Reckless Driving charge that I used Accelerated Rehab for (1 time use). One of the requirements is a 1 year of "probation" where I cannot get a ticket. This morning I got pulled over for 75 in a construction zone (limit was 45) and I got another reckless driving charge. I was in morning traffic and sped up slightly to get past a slower vehicle in the right lane to get to my exit. The construction crew was behind me at this point (still coned off where they would eventually get to later today) and I was only about 5 MPH faster than traffic around me as there was no room for me to "recklessly drive". The officer asked for my social security number, so I asked him "Why?". He said I was doing more than 26 over the posted limit and I was being arrested (court date) for Reckless Driving, so I asked what the posted limit was (45). I never admitted guilt or said anything to indicate speed or knowledge of doing anything against the law.
The Accelerated Rehab requirements for the first case are:
A $250 fine
No moving violations for 1 year
Driver retraining course
I paid the fee and have not taken the course yet. I have been trying to get a hold of the Probation Monitor all day with no success, but I am sure this will result in the case going back to court. The first Reckless Driving case was for 102 in a 55 (late at night, no other cars around. I am an extremely safe driver, regardless of what you may initially assume based on this charge).
My questions are:
1. Do I need a lawyer? (I am buying a condo in 2 days and getting married in 3 months - I have NO money right now)
2. What is most likely to happen, with a court appointed attorney compared to a private lawyer?
3. What actions should I take to prevent losing my license (or to avoid jail)?
The most aggravating part of this is I had no idea he was even coming after me, I thought he was going to a call or something until he got right behind me and followed me off the exit. Usually when you are Recklessly Driving, you know it.