First off, I just want to be clear that I am NOT looking to cheat the system, or get out of anything that I deserve, or anything. I am looking for advice on working within the system in order to recieve a lesser penalty, because I feel thatthe one I recieved was too harsh.
Anyway, I was pulled over for speeding (going 75 in a 55) and given a ticket, a few weeks back. Although I have been pulled over two times previously, this was my first actual ticket. I am 23 years old, with no criminal record or anything.
The reason I was speeding was simply because I had my eyes glued to the road, and was not checking my speedometer at all. I was in the far left lane, and the road in front of me was wide open. I am also used to driving on a nearby highway where the speed limit is 65, and average traffic speed is probably closer to 80. I stopped IMMEDIATELY upon seeing the officer's light flash; he did not have time to start the siren up. I also had my liscence and registration ready for him.
This occured in the state of Maryland, where I live. I know that one of my options here is to plead "guilty with explaination", which means I will have a hearing rather thana trial, and I can ask the judge to throw out the charges, or reduce the penalty, or to give a verdict of "probation before judgement", rather than guilty. A verdict of PBJ would still carry a fine (possibly lessened) but would have no points associated with it, and would not count as a conviction. I would also potentially be able to have it expunged from my records after three years. I don't care too muchabout the fine (not happy about it, but I'll live) but it is the points thatconcern me, since it'll affect my insurance rates.
What should I do in this situation? Do I really have a chance to get a PBJ verdict, and if so what should I do/say at the hearing to improve my chances? What parts of my story would the judge not care about, and I shouldn't bother saying?
Anyhelp is appreciated.