Q: i need help on how to deal with this situation i have no court case but i have traffic citations what can or should i do
hey I was involved in an accident in Lancaster county whereas it was a single vehicle accident where my friend died as a passenger an,d i was the driver. in result i received a traffic citation for CARELESS DRIVING, DRIVING VEHICLE AT SAFE SPEED & DRIVING ON ROADWAYS LANED FOR TRAFFIC. i wanted to just pay for these citations but can result in 90 days jail and points. but i want to know if i plea guilty will i be taken to court? will i get sued? because i do not believe the accident was not my fault and i cannot afford a lawyer. i also received another citation for Acci Dam To Unattended Veh Or Property which i did not do but in cases like this i have no proof i need help finding a lawyer who will listen to my story and help me out
A: First, unless you want to kiss your license goodbye, you need to plead not guilty--which also gives you extra time to think; plan on paying for a legal consultation. Most lawyers will work out payment plans. Second, get a hold of the police report. Costs $15, but the lawyer will need to see that. You have insurance I assume. That will run interference if you do get sued, but won't help with the tickets. Bascially any time there's a single vehicle crash the presumption is you were driving to fast for conditions, you went off the road therefore did not drive within the lanes, and you were careless because if you had been careful you wouldn't have had the crash. You would have driven at 4 m.p.h., pulled to the side of the road but it wouldn't have happened if you'd been truly careful, goes their argument. You have a different story but you are not the person to tell it.
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