I'm 17 years old and would be considered 'juvenile' in any traffic violation. I'll describe what happened that gave me a ticket in detail since this is my first time and quite frankly I don't know what to do. .
At the time of ticketing I am driving a friends car, so when asked for my drivers license and registration I gave him my license ID and the owner's registration/insurance. Since I'm obviously not registered to drive the car. . I don't know how thats going to impact me. .
I was cited for 2 infractions.
1) Modified Exhaust.
2) Driving without headlights in darkness.
Well I was stopped because of the 'amplified' sound my exhaust makes. Quite frankly, I had no idea that it was even loud enough to be considered loud but as police officer was adamant in stating it as illegal and so thus I take his word for it. It was about 10:30 PM, and I was backing out in a parking lot w/o my headlights on because usually I have a habit of turning them on as I enter the street, as I pause and yield to traffic and turn them on. Well unfortunate for me, the cop came out of a drive-thru corner and flashed me as I was creeping out to the street, ready to make my turn, and then pulled me over. He said he stopped me for the sound I was making in my exhaust, then added that I had no headlights on in the parking lot, which I was taken aghast by but didn't argue. .
Well in the end, he gave me the ticket for the 2 infractions. Basically what my problem is. .
My parents are unaware of this right now. . I would like it if they didn't know about what happened and that I was driving a friends car. I hear that the traffic procedures can be done by the person himself, but since I'm a juvenile I'm not sure if I can. Apparently as the ticket comes in the mail, I can just write a letter back and plead guilty and send in the fine money. Then register for traffic school by myself and then will it be clear? Not sure. Can anyone tell me the fine cost for driving w/o headlights, and having a modified exhaust?
Oh. As for the ticket I recieved, he wrote the 'wrong' model for the car, I'm not sure if that'll do me any good. My friend calls it a loophole or whatever.
Basically what I'm trying to ask is. .
What exactly is the degree of punishment on me for driving my friend's vehicle, (what'll happen to him and me), and getting 2 infractions for a moving violation.
Can this procedure to clear up my record also be done by just myself? (A juvenile). Send in the letter and plead guilty, money, traffic school, etc.
And the overall estimate of cost for this traffic ticket.
Sorry for the length of the post, I've been driving for 1 1/2 years right now, and this is my first traffic ticket. (The irony of being proud that I'm a safe driver and I'm caught in a different car, and not for my driving but for the sound of my friends exhaust). I'm really confused as to what to do now, and scarred if my parents do find out, (Sorry, I know its very cliche for me as a juvenile to be afraid of this), so thats why I'm asking if you guys can give me some advice as to what to do. .
I'll check up on this thread and my inbox if you guys can help. Thank you.