Has your au pair ever gotten a speeding ticket? That you know of? Or that you found out about later, after several summonses arrived in the mail? How have you handled this?
Tell it to this Host Mom:
Our au pair got a speeding ticket– a surprise for her and for me. Now I have to figure out how to manage it, since there are some technical issues.
First, the background:
We have hosted over 6 au pairs and none have ever gotten a ticket. There have been minor dents and dings along the way, but no tickets. This particular au pair is an excellent au pair, mature for her age (she’ll be 21 next month) and very trustworthy.
Our au pair has been with us for 5 months, and usually is a careful driver. She is an excellent driver, and when she first started, she was very careful to observe every law. I think she has become too overconfident with her driving skills. This ticket was a surprise to both of us.
We don’t know how much the ticket will be. But, we do know that she has to go to court to conference with the A.D.A..
Now, here is the sticky catch- I work at the same court where she has to appear (although not in the same courtroom).
And there’s more….
The ticket is defective- the cop forgot to write the speed on it.
From a legal perspective, it would be common for the person getting a defective ticket to enter a plea of not guilty and demand a supporting deposition on it if the prosecutor wanted to pursue the case. I don’t really want to give the cops or the court the chance to fix the error.
Many judges would dismiss the ticket as it is written. However, I have no idea what the prosecutor will do, or how the judge might react. For obvious reasons, I can’t even talk to them about it.
Given all of this, I am wondering whether to ask an attorney friend appear on her behalf. I am concerned that her ticket might affect our insurance (although I don’t know whether it will).
To top it off, since she has to come to court while I’m working, I will need to get a babysitter! So, do you think if she has to pay a fine for the ticket, that I should also have her pay for the cost of the babysitter? :)
Really, though, I mostly want to hear how other parents have handled anything related to speeding tickets.
Clocked At 67mph/124km from Runs With Scissors
Speed Demon from Caitlinator [ note: photo is not the ‘actual’ au pair mentioned in the post. This photo is creative commons licensed from Flickr as are most of the phot0s I use as illustrations.]