98' Eldorado ESC
In court what can they say, if the defendant pleads something that was the real story and the cop gives a fake story, what will happen. And this is is about a traffic stop. Not a criminal case.
With due respect to your automotive knowledge and experience, I disagree with telling a relatively inexperienced 17 year old driver to go it alone on a potentially costly speeding case.And stop listening to those who say to just pay it or go to traffic school or get a traffic lawyer. You know the circumstances best. Unless you're hiring an attorney for months of prep work and a long trial, just any traffic attorney will do less than what you can do for yourself...
What does going from 35 mph to 65 mph in less than 3 seconds have to do with the speeding ticket you received? The speed you were traveling in the zone you were in at the time is the issue, not how fast you were going 3 seconds earlier.I'm preparing on a timed experiment on how I couldn't have hit 65 from 35 In less than 3 seconds and to the fact I am digging around on the timer for the yellow light.
While it is laudable that your 3 buddies are all honor roll students, they are still your "buddies", and the judge is likely to question the veracity of their testimony.Also I can call up my 3 buddies that are all honor students in school, never been in any trouble and one of them is enlisting in the navy after school ends.
---------- And, yes, cops lie. Unfortunately, I've been in the wrong end of that more than once. The first time, I was 19. It was 3AM and I was with a coupe friends in NH, driving home to MA. I saw a State Trooper had someone pulled over. It was 65mph and I set the cruise for 63. After he finished his stop,I saw him turn his lights off and come flying up behind me. Rode my tail for 2-3 miles. Stopped me for doing 85 in a 65. Supposedly clocked me. I went to court, my word against his. Only halved my ticket. It was then I swore never again. It's when I learned of the National Motorists Association. In the 22 years since, I've gone to court a handful of times. Only had one failed attempt. And, to be honest, I cut up the officer's testimony. He insisted there was signage of the speed limit properly posted. When I showed him there were two signs not posted at a proper height and not on the right side, I asked him again. He wouldn't answer. The judge demanded that he answer my question. My huge mistake was that I didn't ask for dismissal. Lesson learned. But for 25 years and a fair number of tickets, I've only had that first one in NH and two others go on my record. And that's with about 1.6 million miles of driving under my belt...thebigjimsho said:Dear goodness, you all are going about it all wrong. No matter what type of court, you have a prosecution and a defense. In traffic court, the prosecution has no pre-knowledge about the case. They've done no prep, no digging. It's the officer and you. That's your advantage. You don't volunteer any testimony of your own. The cop lied? He made up things? His testimony has to look sound. Your much better knowledge of the events help you vastly. Take advantage of it! Shape questions to make him contradict himself. Ask questions about everything. Punch holes in his testimony. It's very easy to do. motorists.org I've used their information for years to learn how best to defend myself properly. I'm constantly amazed at how many people want an easy way out. You're 17. Learn this now and hone your skills over time. And stop listening to those who say to just pay it or go to traffic school or get a traffic lawyer. You know the circumstances best. Unless you're hiring an attorney for months of prep work and a long trial, just any traffic attorney will do less than what you can do for yourself...
Unbelievable. Sure. He's 17 but that means he's been in school for how many years? I was 19 when I started educating myself and since I'm the one, when stopped, who knows the situation best with the most detail, I'm the best option in court.With due respect to your automotive knowledge and experience, I disagree with telling a relatively inexperienced 17 year old driver to go it alone on a potentially costly speeding case.
The expense of (at least) consulting with a good traffic lawyer could easily be recouped in reduced fines, and savings in insurance rates that would surely skyrocket with a guilty verdict.