No. Taking a defensive driving course (DSC) to dismiss the case is NOT available after the initial appearance on your citation.
You can plead “no contest” and submit proof to the court of your incarceration. Jail credit is determined by a judge and once given will result in a conviction.
Criminal convictions may result in any of the following based on your circumstances:
•Loss of driver license
•Surcharges assessed by the Department of Public Safety
•Increased insurance costs or cancellation
•Loss of job
•Loss of educational opportunities
•May affect immigration status
Yes. You may change your plea at any time prior to trial
You will not be arrested at the court.
•A jury trial consists of 6 citizens who will determine the outcome of your case based on the evidence set forth by the State (prosecutor).
•A trial by judge consists of a judge hearing the case and determining the outcome based on the evidence set forth by the State (prosecutor).
Court costs and fees are required by the State Legislature and City Council. The court is required to collect them.
No. If you would like to consult an attorney it will be your responsibility.
•Successfully complete a Driving Safety Course (if eligible).
•Successfully complete a Deferred Disposition, similar to probation (if eligible).
•Have case dismissed by showing appropriate proof of compliance (if eligible).
•Not guilty verdict at a trial.