Ticket: 2nd Offense
In May of 2006, I received a Reckless Driving ticket for a fender bender in Prince William County, Virginia due to rain and a sudden stop in traffic which caused me to slid and hit the person in front of me. I spoke with the officer about the situation and since it was a rear-end accident, he told me he didn’t have a choice but to give me a Reckless Driving ticket because of the situation. The officer also told me that since it was my first ticket that I could get my charge dropped from Reckless Driving to Improper Driving – Following too closely. A week or two after the accident, I went to Defensive Driving and took a Driving Improvement course voluntarily to try and better my situation. When my court date came around, I was prepared for the worst. I went into the courtroom and the judge dropped by charge from RD to Improper Driving, so I paid my fine and court fees and went on with my day.
Soon thereafter, 5 months later, in October of this year, I recently received another Reckless Driving ticket. This time I was going 85mph in a 65mph posted speed limit at 12:00am. The officer asked for my license and registration, which I handed over. I told him when handing my license that I was coming home for the weekend to get my license renewed since I did not have the proper documentation to do it while I was at school. He gave me the reckless driving ticket and told me to be on my way, despite that I was driving on a newly expired license (3 days overdue). With that all in mind, I am preparing for my court date, which is on the 11th of November and I need advice on how to go about this situation and what I should to better prepare myself for what I can expect in court.
Here are the questions that I need answers to:
I have checked online that I can take the driving improvement course again, but it won’t count toward any points since I have taken it before earlier in the year. Should I still take it over voluntarily or will it be a waste of my time and money?
Should I hire a lawyer?
What is the worst that can happen in this situation?
What can I do to get myself out of this situation?
Is there any way to get the charges dropped from RD or Improper Driving?
I need as much information as I can possibly get at this time, so I can be prepared for my court date next month. Thank you for your time.