Q: My son,16 was charged with underage drinking and driving & speeding in February. Question below...
He received a speeding ticket 08/01 and another 08/17/21. I am beside myself but at any rate, I'm more concerned about his driving record and insurance, the 08/01 the officer gave an extreme speed but it's payable. There's no way my son could've been going that fast with the vehicle he was driving. Do you think it's worth fighting either one with his previous record?
A: Yes, doing whatever can be done to minimize the consequences to his driving record and insurance rates is worth an attempt. The consequences to his insurance rates are going to be incredibly expensive and hiring an attorney may be less expensive in the long run. Additionally, the speeding tickets are likely to violate any conditions of probation that he might have from his underage d&d/speeding offense from February. He needs to take this seriously and get representation.
A: Yes. It's worth fighting every traffic citation, since doing so will often improve the outcome - whether keeping the record more clean or otherwise. Also, people that go to court and defend against charges, in my experience, tend to become more aware of the importance of avoiding future similar troubles. They become invested in caring about their future. And that is a good thing; regardless of whether the outcome is improved. If the charges are more than a petty misdemeanor, he should be able to get a public defender appointed. He also hire a private defense attorney.
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