Throughout this process you may take a variety of steps, speak with different people, and write or receive correspondence. It is KEY that you document everything. It is recommended that from the date of you were pulled over, you begin keeping a log. Some suggestions are as follows:
- Incident. From day one write out a DETAILED description of what happened, including: where you were, what was happening, the date and time, the weather, and who said what. For example: “I was proceeding West on Main Street at 5PM between Front Street and Park Avenue. It was cloudy, raining slightly. I was being followed closely by a white truck, and was attempting to pass a blue Honda. I was then pulled over. The officer asked if I knew why he pulled me over, and I responded that I was not sure. The officer asked me how fast I thought I was going, and I responded again that I was not sure.”
- Communications. Write out every communication, including the what, where and when! For instance, write out the date and method by which you mailed your request for trial, and to whom it was sent, or, the date and method by which you requested disclosure, or, the date you received your early resolution date.
Keep a copy of your ticket and any letters you receive or send out. Remember, a picture of a letter is the same as taking a photocopy – just make sure it is legible.
Note that settlement discussions, which are discussions you have with the prosecution for the purpose of resolving your matter, are generally CONFIDENTIAL. This means that neither you nor the prosecutor can generally tell the court what was talked about. However, if a settlement is reached, you should make note of exactly what it consists of, and even review your notes with the prosecutor to ensure there is no misunderstanding.