I was recently pulled over by the Rockwall County Sheriff's office - I was paced going 100 in a 65 in Rockwall County, TX. Since this ticket is over the limit by more than 25 mph I am not eligible for Defensive Driving or Deferred Adjudiciation. I cannot plead guilty because I am under 25 and my insurance will shoot up. The fine is $290 (including $30 state fee and $70 court fee = $100 total fees), and the case is going to be heard by the JP1 Court (Judge David Karr).
1) If I plead not guilty and go to pre-trial by myself, what are my chances of getting a good plea bargain? Can I lower the speeding charge to a non-moving violation, or a lower speed limit so that I could do defensive driving or deferred adjudiciation?
2) If the case goes to pre-trial, would I have to pay additional court fees (in addition to the $70)?
3) If I go to pre-trial and I am not happy with the plea bargain or don't get an offer at all, can I still hire a lawyer after the pre-trial? How much time is there between the pre-trial and the trial?
4) Does it cost more for a jury trial vs. a bench trial?
5) Anyone happen to have any information about this court, the judge, and the procedures? Anything will help!
As a result of this ticket, I will pay more attention to my speed at night - I am just interested in putting this matter behind me and moving on with my life. I appreciate your advice.