Remember a few weeks ago when I hit some ice and spun out and slammed my car into my neighbor's car and did $4500 of damage to the front end of my Pontiac?
Well, I was cited for a minor traffic misdemeanor, technically, "failure to control". It's not an offense that requires going to court (I could just pay the fine and let it go), except that, I might as well. I mean, if I have to be there anyway, I might as well try to bargain it down to something that won't put 2 points on my license. (In my state, if you accumulate 12 points in any three year period, you lose your license. This is the only time I've ever gotten any traffic citation, so, I'm not really worried about an accumulation of points. It's just the principle of the thing - it was icy, snowy, and there were a gazillion other accidents that day.)
One of my friends who is a criminal defense attorney is representing me. (Which is kind of ridiculous, since he usually works on big time crime - rapes, murders, drug deals, etc.) But, he offered to go and defend me, and took him up on the offer.
It's just a strange perspective, to be going to court as the defendant.