30mph over the speed limit
I was in Kansas City, Missouri for a job interview. While I was there I wanted to visit a friend of mine who lives in Iowa. After the job interview, she was supposed to come down and pick me up, but on her way down she hit black ice, spun out, hit a pole and totalled her car. Fortunately, she was alright and nothing happened to her. So I rent a car and leave for Iowa...I am only about 40 miles north of Kansas City (near Kearney, Clinton County) when I get pulled over for driving 105mph. The cop handcuffs me and takes me to jail. I wasn't switching lanes or anything, just speeding. He then writes two tickets:
1. Exceded Posted Speed Limit
2. Following A Vehicle Too Closely
So I had to bond out on the spot cuz I don't know anyone in Missouri, and they tell me that my court date is on Feb 28 and that I have to be there.
Now the complication is that I am a college student and I live in California (bay area) and I can't really afford to fly again to Kansas City, MO. I tried talking to the Court Clerk to see if I can plean 'nolo contendre' and accept the fines and Traffic School, but that didn't work and she told me that I should talk to a lawyer cuz it has been filed as a misdemeanor.
I just wanted some opinions on this, and hear from people who have been in similar situation. Just looking online I was able to gather that 20mph over the speed limit is considered reckless driving which is a misdemeanor. The cop didn't cut me any slack, he didn't reduce the speed he wrote on the ticket from 105. This is the FIRST time i've ever gotten into any kind of traffic/court trouble...I have no traffic tickets and my record is squeaky clean. I am thinking about contacting a lawyer from Clinton County so he can go to the court for me.
What impact will this have on my driving record? Will it be a problem when I am looking for jobs, like will it prevent me from getting a job? Any info is much appreciated.