I am 19 years old and just got my first traffic ticket. It was for driving too fast for conditions which has a 2 point penalty here in SC. My question is if I show up for court can I ask the judge for community service in lieu of the 2 points on my driivn

My question is if I show up for court can I ask the judge for community service in lieu of the 2 points on my driving record?

Asked on April 17, 2017 under General Practice, South Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Actually, you speak to the prosecutor first: you need the prosecutor to offer a plea to a no-point offense. If an offense has points associated with it, you have to get the points--the judge can't prevent that. What you can do, however, is potentially have the chance to plea instead to something that does not have points (especially if you can and are wiling to pay a larger fine: the no-point offenses often come with bigger fine). Be contrite, be respectful, be deferential; if you otherwise have a good driving record, stress that; if you are in college or have a job, stress that, too. Make yourself look like as deserving person  as possible.


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