To brief those of you who aren’t up to speed - I got ticket for speeding in a school zone. The ticket costs $810 plus fees plus points on my license. I decided to fight it. Ok - you’re now caught up.
So… on the waiver form I selected “Not Guilty - jury trial” which was reserved only for those with State code violations… which mine was. The judge was a decent judge with a good humor about him and he expressed a willingness to allow Nolo on any infraction where it was allowed - as long as the defendant was entitled.
I saw how he handled his caseload - and decided at the last moment to speak with the prosecutor to see if I could cut a deal. I offered $300 and the prosecutor said he couldn’t go that low… but he could give me $500 and no points and no need to go Nolo… so I decided that was a fair way to go. I get to keep my Nolo option for the future… no points on my license… and I shaved $310 off the fine. There it is.