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Old 03-13-2012, 10:56 AM
 
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At the end of Jan, I received a reckless driving ticket for accidentally passing a stopped school bus. It was on a 4 lane (two N bound, two S bound lanes), no median road. I was admitedly distracted at the time. No children were crossing (or ever cross here), and I was going 20MPH at the time.

I have traffic court tomorrow. I have hired a lawyer to help me. I have been driving for 18 years and NEVER gotten a ticket before. I took the 8 hour driver safety class and my driving instructor sent me an unsolicted letter to take to court, describing how I intend to change my distracted driver behaviors. I'm not sure how this might help me, but I figure it can't hurt and it was really nice of her to do that for me.

If anyone knows how Herndon traffic court works, could you please let me know? Is it first come, first serve or do they hear cases based on alphabetical order. Plus, does anyone know how a clean driver history, the class I took and or the letter might play into my case.

I asked these questions of my lawyer, but she's not gotten back to me, and to be honest, I am absolutely terrifed to go to court!

Thanks!
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Old 03-13-2012, 12:23 PM
 
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Expect the reckless to be dropped to a more minor traffic offense. Considering your clean record a lawyer is probably a waste of money as you could get same result without one, but spending the money on a lawyer pretty much guarantees a good outcome for you. You hired a lawyer so you'll be fine.

Cases are likely called by officer, though the court may let your lawyer present your case first just to get you done and out of the way.
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Old 03-13-2012, 12:37 PM
 
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Thanks, Boyd! I'm so scared. I've never been to court before. I'm arriving early, all my paperwork in hand, going to be well dressed and act insanely contrite. Any other suggestions?
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