Driving, a Necessary Evil
I don’t particularly enjoy driving. And I’m not that great at it. Now, I’m not a bad driver. Just not a good one. I also don’t have great luck when it comes to cars and car accidents. I’ve actually been in 4 accidents in the last 3 years. Now, they weren’t my fault.
Okay, technically the last one was my fault.
And it happened about 2 weeks ago.
And I have to go to court tomorrow because of it.
Now I’m fine with the fact that every accident has to be declared someone’s fault. And I’m even okay with the fact that my insurance will probably go up in August because this one got pinned on me. But in a court of law I am not okay with this being declared my fault.
I don’t want it to go on my record. And I can’t afford to pay some big fine. So, my first response is to fight. Of course, I don’t want to cause more problems for myself by fighting (like I have done just about every time I have decided to blindly stand up for myself in the past), so I decided to find out what the possible consequence would be of pleading no contest and just getting this over with.
So, I Googled it. I got nothing.
Then I called my insurance agent. He said to call my adjuster. She said to call the court house. They said to call the city attorney. They said to call legal aid. And legal aid said the judge would explain it (after i called them 6 times and they FINALLY answered).
A law-abiding citizen can’t get a straight answer from any of these people before she has to go to court? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that government isn’t helpful. But I’m pissed. I pay taxes. Lots of them. And I can’t get anyone to tell me what the possible consequences are of the choices I have in this situation?
I’m pissed. And now I’m scared. Before I was just nervous. But now what if the judge doesn’t explain anything and he/she just expects me to enter a plea? Or what if the judge does explain and still expects me to enter a plea there on the spot?
I Googled the violation code again — 10.12.150 — and nothing. I still can’t find anything that might give me some idea of the possible consequences. All I have is the explanation of the violation.
I hate government. Even the government here in my little city inside my little state is far too big. And to think, I almost went into politics.