Okay, so I'm posting this on here because I am completely floored. Bear in mind, I'm very sheltered and have no experience with anything like this. On July 17th, I was driving, it started raining, I slowed down, and hydroplaned anyway---hitting a guard rail. The police officer cited me, saying "It was totally NOT your fault, that area has just been paved---it's slick, there's nothing you could've done about it. But, we are told by the state to cite drivers with "failure to maintain lane control" for damaging state property during an accident (she even referred to it as that) in order to ensure that the damage is paid for." Well, today, I went to the DA's office, with my insurance letter accepting liability--hoping to pay and be done, and was told "no, you must appear in court Tuesday, you've been charged with a misdemeanor." WHAT, LIKE A CRIME? For hydroplaning? How many people spin out, hit guard rails, and drive off---I, completely honest and forthright, hydroplane, call the police, as I should, and this is what I have to deal with? I have NEVER had a record. This is insane, for hydroplaning. Unbelievable. I went and got a lawyer today. He is going to court for me with the likely end that the charges will be dropped. Fingers crossed. I have not had a speeding ticket in over a decade, and of course nothing else on my record, so it should be worked out.