I had the oddest feeling of apprehension as I entered the courtroom, as you never know what to expect in there. I was pulled over for failing to come to a full stop at a stop sign and it wasn’t the fine that I was worried about, I just didn’t need any more points going on my license, so I made an appointment with a lawyer to discuss my case. My lawyer informed me that if I was guilty that this could result in a $200 fine and up to 15 days in jail, as well as 2 points being assessed to my driving record. I couldn’t afford those points. as I had just passed the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Services driving school which was run by the State Troopers. I was forced to attend this after having accumulated 21 points on my license, but this prevented my license from being suspended. I got a few speeding tickets and I was pulled over for reckless driving and drag racing and this would have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.
My lawyer told ne that I didn’t need him and that I should represent myself in court, which meant that he was not charging me for the consultation. I showed up in court wearing a shirt and a tie like the lawyer recommended and the police officer who gave me the ticket testified that I ran the stop sign. It was my turn to talk and I said that if the officer said that I did not stop, then he must have been driving without his headlights on, as I came to a full stop and since nobody was coming, I pulled out and made a right turn. The whole courtroom cracked up laughing when I said this about the cop. The police officer was discredited and the judge ruled in my favor dismissing the case.
Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt hosted by Michael while Yves is taking a well-deserved rest and today the prompt is write about something using a variation of two of the given choices in the following sentence, “I had the oddest feeling of elation/fear/apprehension as I entered the courtroom/restaurant/ghost train.”