My daughter was found to be over the limit after an accident (thankfully minor) last December. She lost concentration and went into the back of a parked van. She was slightly hurt but no one else was injured. Today she received her court summons (for May). There is no mention of the accident on the summons. She is going to plead guilty early as apparently this can reduce the penalty? Should she address a letter to the judge and include mitigating circumstances in the letter? She was very depressed at the time and was drinking to get through it - would this be acceptable as mitigation? Should she thank the police and ambulance services in this letter as they were very kind to her.
Should she make any mention of the accident in the letter or in court? She is a student with no income except her student loan, although she does have a small amount of savings. We have no experience of this sort of situation and any advice would be much appreciated.