Early Resolution and Plead Guilty with an Explanation are NOT the same thing at all. Jurisdictions have the option to put one or the other on the back of their tickets. Personally Early Resolution meetings with prosecutors are usually a waste of time because you can have the same discussion with them about plea deals right before the trial. Also at early resolution meetings you most likely will not have the benefit of seeing disclosure, so you cant make a proper decision without it.malaujai wrote: ↑Jul 18th, 2017 11:56 amGot a "Disobey stop sign - fail to stop" ticket this morning. First ticket I've gotten since I've been driving. Guess it's about time... I didn't fly through the stop sign or anything but I didn't do the driver's school full stop and wait a couple of seconds before going either. Stop sign tickets are hard to fight if it comes down to evidence right?
In any case, the back of the ticket has three options. I understand option 1 and 3 (pay the fine / go to trial), but option 2 which I've heard is the "early resolution" option is stated as "plea of guilty - submissions as to a penalty". This is the same thing as "early resolution" right? Appear before a prosecutor, agree to a lesser fine and hopefully remove points, etc.?
I know it's quite contrary to the thread but I do plan to do option 2 as it seems quite daunting to go about handling everything for option 3. If I do end up going for a trial however, what do I expect to get in the disclosure for evidence? The cop told me he had the camera rolling and it was recording, will I get that video (if there actually was one)? First ticket so I was a bit shocked when he was talking to me. I didn't admit fault but I did ask to be let off with a warning (... ha). It seems like stop sign tickets are hard to overturn completely so I am probably banking on all the other things to let me off (like the cop not showing up, etc).
You should just plead Not Guilty and request a trial with the officer present. Once you get your notice of trial, then you can request disclosure (officers notes). Once you get the notes, post them here so we can see if there is a chance to beat it or not.
This ticket is almost impossible to beat because it is simply officers word against yours. The only way to beat it will be if the officers notes are missing some important information (rare) or the officer does not show up for the trial (very rare).
So you get disclosure and if notes are good, you then show up for trial. If officer shows up for trial too, then you can talk to prosecutor about reduced fine due to your "financial hardship". Or if you get officers notes and they look good and you don't want to waste anymore of your time, then you can just pay off the ticket before the trial date.
I am not a lawyer and I am not a paralegal and I do not give legal advice.
All statements made are my opinion only.