The prosecutor can (but does not have to) offer you a plea deal for a lesser charge. But remember that even a 0 demerit point charge can still cause your insurance to go up. Insurance puts the charges into three categories: Minor, Major and Serious. So if the current charge is already a minor, then there really is not any charge they can drop it to that also not a minor, meaning ANY minor charge will afffect your insurance the same. But yes they could offer you another charge (minor) that has a lower fine but it would still affect your insurance the same.
Thanks - noted.
Now when somebody is charged as a OWNER instead of a DRIVER then it does NOT show up on your record and does NOT affect your insurance at all. So at the meeting you could ask the prosecutor if they would be willing to charge you as the OWNER instead of the DRIVER. Again the prosecutor does not have to do this, but maybe they are in a good and might consider it.
OK, not quite following you here. Are you explaining that the ticket can be applied to myself (driver) or the vehicle (owner)? This happened in a company vehicle. The basis for my companies freakout is that they claimed it went against their record & CVOR and will affect THEIR insurance as well. The officer who wrote the ticket never even asked for the company vehicles ownership and insurance, only taking my drivers licence - I will admit he was really good about the whole situation and it was as cordial as could be for what it was.
My companies claim didn't make any sense to me considering the officer didn't even write the CVOR number on the ticket. The only thing that would notate I was driving a company vehicle whatsoever is that the trucks plate number was on the ticket and the "Commercial" box was ticked yes. As far as I understood (and still understand) the ticket had NOTHING to do with my company and 100% to do with me, my driving record, and in the end, insurance.
Is that the case, or were they right in their claim that this went on their CVOR right away (again, questionable considering I haven't even been technically convicted yet) another load of BS?
At the early resolution meeting the prosecutor may or may not already have disclosure. You could ask ahead of time for them to have it ready at that meeting, but they have no obligation to have it for you at that meeting. If they do not have it, and they offer you a plea deal you could still very nicely ask "Can I wait and see disclosure before I decide whether or not to accept your offer?" They might say yes (which would be best option) or they might say no (the deal is now or never).
Ok, so they may or may not have the disclosure, and I can ask for it there - thanks - but I should specifically request they have it? If the disclosure is nowhere near sufficient to make the charge stick (for example) will he/she potentially offer to toss the charge right then and there? What would constitute sufficient vs insufficient disclosure for the charge to stick or not? If it looks insufficient to me, or is non-existent can I request that the charge is tossed out?
So, If they don't have disclosure ready, don't offer me anything interesting so far as a reduced charge/fine....taking it to trial is the next option then. Will there still be a last second resolution option on the day of the trial (as I experienced before when fighting a minor speeding ticket) or does the early resolution appointment take the place of that?
Really appreciate your time and knowledge everyone.