I just turned 18 two weeks ago and I drive a 100 mile one way to commute to school everyday. I rarely EVER speed on the way to school as I leave extrememly early in the morning, but because of some circumstances, I had to speed in order to get to class on time. I know I was violating the law and I shouldn't have done it and I feel absolutely horrible about it. I'm pretty sure I was NOT going 95, but his lights came up and all I could think about was pulling over so I didn't have time to check.
I would just like to ask for some legal advice for the matter. I have no prior traffic violations but have recieved a point for being considered at fault for an accident. I was clocked at 95, but it doesn't state how, besides under Radar Unit / Patrol Vehicle No. it says 9104 / 163, which I assume is the radar unit number and his patrol vehicle number.
I was coming down the 152 Mountain Pass which is pretty dangerous as is, but I finally made it to the straight away and passed a few cars before I got to the 1 lane. In the effort, I can assume I hit 95, but I'm totally not sure. His lights came on and I pulled over for him.
I acted properly and did not argue, but he did come back after the citation was written and ask me "It's still early in the morning, why are you driving so fast?" and I responded with "Oh, I have class soon in Cupertino," and we had a small conversation about that. Now I'm wondering if he was just trying to collect evidence to try against me.
The vehicle code I violated was 22349 Speed, which seems like a stanard traffic ticket, with "I" circled for infraction. He also wrote 95 and kinda circled it which went over "M" for misdemeanor as well. Could I have possibly gotten both or was it just an error of his pen?
Am I still eligible for traffic school going 30 over the limit in CA? Should I hire a traffic attorney or go to court? Or can I just pay the fine and go to traffic school and have it clean off my record?
I have heard many opinions from many people today. One person mentioned that traffic school is not available to you if you're going 25 over the limit. Which sounds right to me although I wish it weren't true. If so, is there still anyway I can sign up for traffic school?
I'm sorry for the length of this post. I'm a little upset, so I tend to vent a lot. If anyone has any helpful information, please let me know.