just a tid bit from my similar story
i got a ticket that was reported as me doing 25mph over one time. in this state 20+ you do get arrested. i went to court and thought it would be a normal ticket, just pay the fine and lick your wounds. well when i was about to go in front of the judge the public defender pulled me aside and basically asked why i was not here with a lawyer, i told him i figured it was just a speeding ticket, no big deal. what another member mentioned is true, the public defender told me i would most likely be charged with endangerment! and to plead not guilty and he advised to get a lawyer.
NOW THE ABSOLUTE MOST STAND-UP AND BALLSY THING I HAVE EVER SEEN A LEO DO WHEN HE REALLY DID NOT HAVE TO....
when i went in front the judge he read the offense and asked why i would be going 25MPH over the speed limit and out of the blue a LEO in the court room stood up and said, 'judge could you repeat the location again?' the judge did, the LEO said 'sir at that location the speed limit is 70mph not 65mph' and sat down
so now i only have to deal with a 20mph over.
i did get a lawyer, i went overboard, i admit, i have a frat brother who represents serious criminals, like cases over murder etc and paid him $1,500 to see it through.
I have a friend that works in the judges office, come to find out, some politician had an agenda to stop street racing (i was not racing, i was on an open 8 lane interstate stretch, at 3am with not a car in view ahead or behind) the judge had ear-market my case to be used as an example and did in fact plan to give me the max penalty, 30 days in jail! i had nothing else on my record besides an accident where i was hit from behind a few years before and a ticket for speeding in my neighborhood for doing 37mph in a 35mph zone so my lawyer worked it out with the DA and the judge in chambers before court, all said and done I paid $360 for the ticket, about $250 in various court fees, $1500 to my lawyer, 6 months with hardship license (work and home only) and was issued 60 hours of community service cutting grass on the road i was on.
o, the judge did give me 1 more final kick in the butt, he said i had 14 days to complete the community service, so no work for me for 2 weeks!
lesson is, before you just go to court be fully aware of what your facing, a chain of good luck events, like when the public defender pulled me aside and when the stand-up LEO said the reported speed limit was wrong, etc kept me out of jail.
it makes me happy and proud to be an American when situations end like the OP's did, but it does not always go that way guys. i know i did wrong, but 30 days in jail for speeding on an empty road?
don't speed in the first place guys, but again I stress, before you go to court over something like this don't assume its just a normal, pay the fine ticket.
hopefully my screw up will help some other guys, thanks for taking the time to read all the way through
and again to the OP, so glad your turned out so great, wish i had your judge