[quote]Professor X wrote:
Wondering if anybody has any advice on going to court and beating a ticket.
My case involves running a stop sign, specifically a blinking red light. I was turning right onto a road that has a merge lane so it’s a little silly that there is an absolute stop for people turning right but I understand that that would be hard to specify.
It would be like putting one on an interstate on ramp, it’s sort of implied that you don’t run into another car but whatever. Additionally, the cop may have had an obstructed view of actually seeing me go through the light.
Not sure if this is pertinent but it seemed to be one of those set ups where a couple officers were pulling people over right and left. Possibly to meet their quota?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, especially from officers on here! Thanks!
You won’t beat a cop if it comes down to “his word against your own”.
I got a ticket and went to court hoping he wouldn’t show up (which usually means it gets thrown out if it gets contested). I was told by my lawyer that this particular officer NEVER missed a court date if he pulled over someone who had a radar detector (which I had). I ended up having to pay…and I am pretty damn sure you will have to as well.
in washington state I was pulled over,well when I pulled over the cop went around me and pyulledt he lady in front of me over.I was not speeding but she was
I thought “ok he didnt want me” and I went again
he jumped on his bike and pulled me over talking about running form the police and whatever.
this cop didnt even show up to court.
I argued the fact that he pulled her over and then me over and that he couldn’t be accurate with the speed on both targets on a curve,in the fog,and the judge said “yes he can,he can pull over 6-7 people if he wanted to hes been doing this along time.”
I also asked the judge about him not showing and she said he didnt have to show he wrote a letter stating what radar he used and that it has been calibrated that day and tested in a controled area before being used.
to me it sounded like a pre written letter that all he does is put a date at the bottom of it and adds it with whatever report he puts in.
bottom line is no mater what,if you are stopped you are not getting out of it.
tell the judge what happened do not lie you are already charged and its not getting any better.
they know everyone makes little lapses of judgment with driving,if you were not a danger to anyone or yourself being stupid they may just take it easy on you depending on your record.
or just pay them say im sorry,get it done with. its not like jail time will be involved with the running a traffic signal thing