The officer clearly saw my looking at my phone so I believe I am hopeless in fighting the ticket. I completely accept blame and I made sure to make the officers time spent ticketing me as easy as possible. I want to cause as little problems as possible for the law. What I really hope to achieve is a reduction in the fine, because $500 is A LOT to me right now as a student, and if possible a reduction in the demerit points. I have no idea if either of these things is possible as I have never had a ticket before. Also, is it possible for me to pay the fine in parts instead of all at once? This would ease the burden on me financially by a significant amount.
What should I do in this situation? I have no experience dealing with the law in this manner so any help is greatly appreciated!
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You should plead NOT GUILTY and request a trial with the officer present. Once you get your notice of trial with a trial date, you can then request disclosure (officers notes). Once you get the notes, scan and post them here.
There is a very small chance that the officer will not show to the court date, and a very small chance that the officer spilt coffee on his notes, and in both these cases the ticket would be dropped so you have nothing to lose by asking for a trial.
Worst case is you show up for trial and so does officer and so you can just decide to plead guilty then. It wont cost you anymore, but there is small chance of getting it dropped at least.
+++ This is not legal advice, only my opinion +++