Q: I live in the State of MI. How should I plead for not stopping in time for a school bus? I was on the opposite side.
I was in front of my house, on the opposite side of street where the school bus was, and about to turn into the driveway ahead and drop my youngest off at his bus stop. I explained to the officer that I had a lot on my mind at the time, causing me to not realize the red lights were up on the bus at that moment. The officer was coming the opposite direction of me. I definitely did not purposely continue to drive. What is the best way to plead? I am concerned of the amount of the fine and my license. I work for the State of MI, M-F. I have 2 school aged children and I am very busy with them. I cannot afford points and or issues with my drivers license, etc. Please advise.
A: Call the Court and ask to set the matter for a "formal hearing". Go to the Secty of State and get a copy of your full driving record and take it with you to court. Sit with the City Attorney handling your case. Explain what happened, show her your good driving record and ask them to reduce the ticket to impeding traffic. You'll pay a fine, but the incident is not reported to the Secty of State and it has no points. You should consider taking an attorney with you. An attorney may know the City Attorney and may be able to get a deal. Its worth the price to have counsel with you.
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