Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Well that sucked.

Got pulled over by The Man today . . . said he clocked me at 76 in a 55. I was very polite and self-effacing but in my head I was thinking that there was no effin way I was going that fast.

Ah well, gotta go have my day in court in December.

But the whole ordeal got me to thinking- there are definitely Republicans in Colorado who simultaneously defend torture and advocate a near-dissolution of police power in the United States. I don't know exactly how they rationalize it, but these types are rarely the kind who think along linear, logical lines. On one hand they believe in Patriot Act and the mission of the Department of Homeland Security, on the other hand they believe that all cops are trampling on the constitution by pulling people over for safety belt violations or requiring bikers to wear helmets.

Kinda like Michelle Malkin defending internment . . . and it probably does boil down to a basically racist philosophy, a kind of "freedom for me but not for thee" attitude regarding the mysterious "other" who might have sinister designs upon the country.

Anyway.

Anyone else ever have to fight a traffic ticket in court? Free advice is certainly welcome . . .

10 comments:

  1. Well, I hate to say that I've had a bunch of experience in this department. If the cop is smart, he'll show the radar was calibrated recently. You can try a continuance and hope he doesn't show, but you have to have a really valid reason for that.

    It appears that this is your first offense.(?) If that is the case, you might be able to plead guilty and request driving school to have it dismissed. That's the route I've taken on the last two and it seems to have worked.

    Be honest, don't pull any punches, and good luck.

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  2. in some states, like kansas, you can pay off the DA and then it doesn't go on your driving record and your insurance doesn't increase. in kansas, they just double the ticket. that's how i've gotten out of my two tickets... dunno if that exists in colorado but it might be worth checking into.

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  3. how did the cop verify your rate of
    travel ? '76' sounds rather precise,,,
    digital ?
    Your driving record will be in the hands of an overworked underpaid assist-d.a. so,, hows it look ?

    If you just starting out your speed-career ( me ? been at it a while now ) you could go for a deferment (if you stay clean for say, 6 months, the charge is removed from your record.
    Best to have a lawyer.

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  4. My advice? Study a lot of courtroom dramas for nifty lines. Like, model your performance on Barbra Streisand's disturbed hooker in "Nuts," but try to work in a "You can't handle the truth! ARGHHH!!!" somewhere...

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  5. Sharon Stone held my attention in the Basic Instinct interrogation room...

    Just kidding.

    Go after the speed gun. Worked for my buddy a month ago. He challeneged the accuracy of the gun based on the traffic and positioning of the officer. It sounded impressive when he said it, obviously not when I did.

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  6. I am morally opposed to tying up our courts by fighting traffic tickets.

    That said, when I fought my traffic ticket, I ended up with deferred adjudication, which is essentially 12 months of traffic probation. If you don't get any more tickets, your record is clear and it doesn't hit your insurance.

    That's Texas law, however.

    Also, do not open your statement by saying all judges are Communists and mental perverts.

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  7. I'm still not sure what that local lawyer could possibly have said that got my righteous speeding ticket reduced from 86 to 65 mph.

    The best $100 I ever spent.

    A good lawyer knows the law; a great lawyer knows the judge?

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  8. Well there's a "Speed Limit" which is recommended.

    Not the same as a "Maximum Speed" sign - which is the line not to cross.

    Flow of traffic, traffic conditions are also taken into consideration.

    Please note the above comes from CA traffic school from about 15 years ago, so you might ignore this altogether.

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  9. I heard about an insurance case in a New England state in which the plaintiff suing an insurance company pulled off his shirt to reveal chain mail and challenged the insurance agency to a Trial by Combat. The court looked it up and found it was an old law which had never been overturned or repealed, thus was still valid. The insurance company agreed to pay rather than fight. Then the law was repealed.

    Gunfight at High Noon? Claim you were on Tribal lands?

    Better go to traffic school.

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  10. I was clocked at 12 over the highway limit last June. In Washington, I had three options: Pay the fine, contest the fine in court or request a mitigation hearing. I chose the latter, which means I admit I was speedingt but I get to explain to a judge. I did, and I received a reduced fine. Not sure yet of the insurance impact.

    Good luck.

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