I had my court trial date today. I've been losing sleep over my traffic accident for 6 weeks now, and I got a call late Friday that they wanted a continuance (delay in court date). I gave up being at my favorite uncle's funeral (he died 3 weeks ago)/memorial(which is TODAY) due to this court date (which was TODAY) and I was not amenable to a continuance. I did go to the courthouse very early to find out why they wanted a continuance -- and asked to speak to the prosecutor, whom I had spoken with once before. Of course, he wanted to know why I was anxious to proceed... and I started with my loss of sleep and anger over the investigation process ( the investigator had never asked me for MY side about what happened) -- and I never mentioned my uncle.....
But I did stress that I STRONGLY felt that they were at least as at much fault as I was and I mentioned the specific sections of regulations that I thought applied; and I told the prosecutor that while I really didn't want to go to court, I wanted to be heard, and that as long as I accepted that I was solely to blame it had serious consequences for me through my insurance agency -- and I disputed that I was solely or even at all to blame! I mentioned that weeks ago I rejected his offer to reduce points and fine -- because I wasn't HEARD!
Apparently, this time I said the magic words in the right order -- and the prosecutor offered to hear me. Tipping your hand to a prosecutor is risky business (I am a lawyer's daughter!) but you know, I was already willing to accept the worst possible outcome (losing in court).... so we talked. With the other driver's story, and upon hearing mine, he was finally able to see the whole picture and acknowledge that I was not entirely to blame -- and he did point out where I had made my mistake
and where I had misinterpreted the law. And he offered to reduce my "points" to nothing but still issue a ticket (with fine) that did not reflect any action on my part that resulted in an accident.
Well, it wasn't what I wanted, but it was something.
A bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush. Since he had pointed out that I had done something wrong, I accepted his offer. SIGH. (thing is, what I did didn't cause the accident! It just put me in the wrong pace at the wrong time.... sigh. I need to let it go!) I still had to stand before the judge and plead guilty to the reduced charge. Much to my surprise,
the prosecutor made a statement in court, as part of the record(!) that I was not solely to blame for this accident! YESSSSS!
That he did this means I can tell my insurance agency and mitigate the damage to my reputation (and that means a big chunk of money not lost to them for the next 7 years) (well, hopefully!). In fact, the prosecutor even offered to tell that to my insurance company if they called him!
So I've been through the emotional wringer this morning and I feel it in every still-tense muscle! Nevertheless, the day can only get better from here, right?