What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? New York
My wife got a traffic ticket and she pleads not guilty. The police officer told her privately that if she pleads not guilty, he will dismiss the original ticket of "disobeying traffic control device" and issue a new ticket of "passing a stopped school bus" in trial. He said he already gave my wife a break by not issuing ï¿½passing a stopped school busï¿½ ticket initially. The latter one will cost more fine and points if convicted. We watched a trial later on and the same police officer did submit a new charge for the defendant who pleaded not guilty, but I did not follow how the judge deals with the new charge. Does the police officer have the right to change the charge suddenly during the trial? How will the judge consider this? Thank you!