****ed up and got a ticket for aggressive driving. Am I done for?

emtpulledover

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I ****ed up on my way home. I was tired, stressed, and irritated. I was going on a 3 lane highway and there were vehicles all going the same speed in each lane next to each other which made like a blockade that no one could pass. I went from center lane to left lane (passing lane) and got up behind the person there and flashed my brights. A police officer saw this and pulled me over and now I have an aggressive driving charge, which in my state is a misdemeanor of a “high and serious nature.” I wasn’t arrested but they wrote a ticket. Prior to this I never had even a speeding ticket. I just got hired by one of the best, most reputable companies in my area (city of more than 6 million) and I’m so crushed and angry at myself. I don’t even know what to do. Am I done for with EMS?
 

ffemt8978

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Possibly for the near future until the ticket falls off your record, but honestly it depends on 3 primary things:
A) disposition of case
B) agency hiring standards
C) state EMS board disqualification lists

Your best bet is to talk to a lawyer about the ticket and the agency ro see if it disqualifies you. Word of warning...not being upfront and honest about the ticket with them will be worse, because they will find out when they pull your driving record.
 

Summit

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You aren't the first person who flashed brights and someone driving slow in the fast lane. You just got caught. Plead it down. IANAL
 

Rano Pano

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I’d be surprised if your state allows you to apply band aids after this settles.
We’ll take it from here, brother.
 

MMiz

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I'd absolutely hire a lawyer. Depending on your driving history this could be a non-issue or a life-changing event.

Good luck!
 

NysEms2117

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You aren't the first person who flashed brights and someone driving slow in the fast lane. You just got caught. Plead it down. IANAL
preach 🙌
 
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emtpulledover

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Possibly for the near future until the ticket falls off your record, but honestly it depends on 3 primary things:
A) disposition of case
B) agency hiring standards
C) state EMS board disqualification lists

Your best bet is to talk to a lawyer about the ticket and the agency ro see if it disqualifies you. Word of warning...not being upfront and honest about the ticket with them will be worse, because they will find out when they pull your driving record.
Thank you. I’m waiting until my court date (mid June) to tell my company about the ticket because I’m hoping I’ll be able to plead it down and then I won’t be telling them about as bad of a ticket. I also spent $1k on a lawyer so hopefully that will help
 
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emtpulledover

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I'd absolutely hire a lawyer. Depending on your driving history this could be a non-issue or a life-changing event.

Good luck!
I spent $1k on a lawyer and I have an otherwise completely clean driving record so hopefully that will help me out
 

RedBlanketRunner

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@emtpulledover All you have to do is prove to potential employers that would absolutely never happen when you are on the job. Along the lines of teaching fish to ride bicycles.
See if you can get your lawyer to have it dialed down. Make offers like community service... essentially, get it knocked down to an infraction.

Come to think I did that once. 200 hours community service, several character references from influential people, a traffic school stint and an inferred from the judge: your *** is grass and I'm a lawn mower if you ever come before my bench again.

Community service and references is actually pretty easy. Hit up the local FDs that use volunteers for work, explaining to the chief what you are doing it for. Get a recommend from the chief as well helps grease the wheels. Also hit up small communities for public service work. Sweeping, cleaning vehicles etc. Do a bang up job abd grab a few more recommends. It all gives your attorney some ammunition to fight with.
 
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CarSevenFour

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No one wants to hire an aggressive ambulance driver. If you can't handle the simple stress of driving in normal traffic, as has been fully documented, what happens if you're faced with the many aggravating things drivers do when confronted with an ambulance coming up behind them Code-3? For most companies, and agencies, the potential risk and legal liability would be something to shy away from. You might look for future employment as an ER tech.
 

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