My question involves a speeding ticket from the State of: California
I posted a while back but didn't quite get the info I needed.
I was cited for 22349 (A) CVC (going over 65mph). Lidar'd at 99mph.
Also cited for violating my provisional license (had minors in the car).
Yes I know it was stupid (I learned my lesson) and I know there is no question I was speeding.
I am a straight A student and this year got plenty of awards to prove it.
I work full time in the summer and have plenty of cash on hand to pay for the ticket, its the point that I am more concerned about.
What is the best way to ask the judge for leniency in the form of traffic school plus the full fine instead of getting a point on my record?
I was thinking I could send in a trial by declaration with copies of my awards and a well written letter asking for traffic court.
My dad has stated that he feels doing this will only annoy the judge (more paperwork) and that it would be best to do this face-face. But I get a trail de novo if the written one fails (but then the judge will be bothered according to my father's logic and be less likely to give me my plea).
I feel like he would rather read a few pages of paper work then have me sit down in court only to ask for leniency, and not try and fight it.
What would you guys recommend?
Also, do I send in the written dec. first thing or do I first go (date on the ticket) to court?
I have heard the first time in court they ask what your plea is, I am obviously pleaing guilty but just want leniency, but I heard if I say guilty I just pay the fine and go home.
What can I do to insure I can talk with a DA/judge or write them to try and get out of the point and insurance increases?
Lastly, what do you guys feel my odd's are of fighting the point?