I plan on representing myself for the first appearance to request disclosure, attempt early resolution with my prosecutor (is my first day in court the time to do that?), and plead not guilty. If I cannot reach an early resolution, I plan on hiring a lawyer to represent me through the remainder of the trial. Any advice on my situation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
- intentionally doing burnouts, drifts outs or donuts
- driving in the oncoming lane next to a vehicle for longer than necessary to pass
- intentionally preventing another vehicle to pass
- 'brake checking' or stopping/slowing your vehicle intentionally to interfere with another vehicle's movement
- intentionally driving as close as possible to another vehicle, pedestrian or object on the road
- turning left before traffic commences through the intersection when the light turns green for both traffic directions
You may want to read section 172 in its entirety.
They only have the discretion whether to charge you with stunt---but don't have the discretion to decide whether to take your licence and vehicle away once they DO charge you.
In any event, I think the court will simply view this as an 'added gift' towards you; not any reflection of the lack of evidence towards making out the actual charge. In other words, the officer can be disciplined for their error/decision, but it won't be critical for the court to assess whether you truly WERE stunt driving. If anything, it should only have any bearing on any penalty you receive since its an 'after-the-fact' consequence or lack thereof in your case.