My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: California
Well, I work for a car dealership and my job is to get cars ready to sell.
A couple months ago, we got a car in from Florida. Pontiac Trans-AM WS-6.
The car was heavily moddified, and the problem was that there was no way it was going to pass California smog like that. That's where I come in!
I setup appointments over the weekend to get it brought back to a stock level so we could smog it and sell it. That meant I had to leave my Subie at the dealership and take the Trans-AM home for the weekend.
That Friday when I got off work, I had plans to go downtown and celebrate a birthday with some friends. Since my car was parked on the other end of the city, the only car I had access to was the Trans-AM. So I drove it up 4 or 5 blocks to pick up my friends.
On the way back, we are making a left hand turn onto my street from a red light. I gave it just a tiny bit too much on the gas pedal and the rear end locks and make a little tire squeak (no traction control btw.) It wasn't intentional.
Next thing I know, Highway Patrol is pulling me over in my apartment complex...
I understood the reason for the stop... no plates, car was registered to someone who lived on the other side of the country, no paperwork, loud as hell, full of mid-20s friends, ect ect. It probably looked like the car was stolen.
Anyway, after about 20 minutes the officer comes back and hands me a ticket for misdemeanor "Exhibition of Speed (Peeling Out)"... that's exactly how it was written on the ticket.
On my first court date I was told to come back in a month so the DA could have time to strike up a plea bargain. Well, that plea bargain is due this Thursday. My question to you good folks is this... should I plea no contest and just take it up the butt? Or should I plea not guilty and take it to trial?
Any input from anyone who has dealt with this would be greatly appreciated.