My question involves a reckless driving ticket from the State of: Idaho
Today I was driving on the local interstate, I-90 from Spokane, WA to Coeur d' Alene, ID. I spent about 35 minutes on the interstate, exited onto a side road going back to my house, when all of the sudden an Idaho state trooper pulled me over. The officer came up to my door, to inform me that my license plate # had been called in for running another car off of the road.
This came as a complete shock to me, as I had been driving quite slow, spending the majority of my time in the slow lane, and then moving over simply to pass semis and the like before getting back over to let traffic pass.
At this point I was thinking they would just say "OK, be careful, have a nice day". What happened next floored me. The woman who called in drove up with another ISP and they said she wanted to press charges, so I was given a citation for misdemeanor reckless driving, and I have to go to court now to prove my innocence.
The troopers wouldn't tell me much information, as I was trying to determine why I was being held, since it was just her word against mine. So apparently, in Idaho all you have to do is just call in someone's license plate and the cops will go charge them and force you to go to court. Unreal.
Anyway, at this point, I need to know what to do. I am thinking I should get a lawyer as I don't want to risk being convicted simply because I don't know some technicality or procedure. I seriously am not sure how this can be made to stick, being her word against mine.
If I use a lawyer's services and I am declared not guilty, can I sue this woman for my court and lawyer costs? Since her case will be tenuous at best, I am inclined to think that she would drop the charges if it was shown I would be coming after her in small claims or the like for my lawyer costs, basically I could call her bluff that way.
Anyway, any and all suggestions are welcome, I've never been arrested or charged with anything, and I certainly don't want to be fined or have my license suspended due to some other crazy person's delusions. What course of action should I take?!