You received a traffic ticket a few months ago and have hired Rick to help fight your ticket in court. When you arrive home from work you get your mail and you have received a letter from Rick stating please complete a level 2 traffic school class in order to facilitate a favorable resolution for your traffic ticket. Of course your first thought is “what is traffic school? Is it like driver’s education?”
Traffic School Requirement
A request to complete traffic school can come from an order by the Judge, usually in criminal cases involving reckless driving. Completion of traffic school can also be a requirement as a condition of probation for the criminal case. Traffic school can also be required to help with a favorable resolution of a traffic infraction. Sometimes, prosecutors and attorneys are able to negotiate resolutions outside of court and sometimes that negotiation has a stipulation of completing traffic school.
Let’s address your original thought, is traffic school like driver’s education? In a simple answer no. In a driver’s education class you would be attending a class over a period of time, meaning days, weeks, and months. With traffic school, there are 2 types of levels and depending on what is required by the court. You might be required to attend a 4 hour level 1 class, or you might be required to attend a 8 hour level 2 class. Depending on what has be negotiated with the judge and the prosecutor, your requirement to complete traffic school might have the stipulation that the traffic school be completed in person. Sometimes, the requirement to complete traffic school can be done online.
Difference Between Each Level
A level 1 traffic school class is a 4 hour class will touch on several different subjects. The main subject it will touch on is safe driving practices. An interesting statistic is that more than ⅓ of the nations vehicle related deaths each year are attributed to excessive speed. It is also interesting to note that when speeding even 10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, it really only saves you approximately 3 to 5 minutes in time. Is that 3 to 5 minutes of time worth the cost of a speeding ticket, hiring an attorney for representation, or worse jeopardizing your life or someone else’s life? Those are the types of questions that are discussed in a level 1, 4 hour traffic school class.
A level 2 traffic school class is a 8 hour class that will also include safe driving practices, but it will also include more detailed information regarding aggressive driving. Aggressive driving, or sometimes referred to as road rage has contributed to a significant amount of the approximate 6,800,000 crashes that occur each year in the United States. The 8 hour class will also go over the stopping distances when traveling at various speeds. When a driver is traveling at a certain speed, it is important to remember to take into account the reaction time as well as the actual stopping time of the vehicle. In addition to aggressive driving, drinking and driving will be discussed, as well as distracted driving like texting and driving.
Usually the court will give you a set amount of time to complete the required class. Most of the time, they give you at least 60 days to complete traffic school, and present proof to the court. Upon completion of the traffic school you will receive a certificate to provide to the court to prove that you have met the requirements. It is your responsibility to make sure you provide the court proof of completion. If you have hired an attorney like Rick, he will need the certificate from you so he can present it in court on your next hearing date.
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