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Dear Officer Friendly,
Can you tell us about your first arrest? Also, I recently was given a speeding ticket (I was not speeding!), and I want to fight it. Can you tell me how to get out of a traffic ticket in the courtroom? I’m going to assume flashing the judge is not prudent, especially if it’s a female. But are there any little tricks, you know loopholes that work?
I’d have to see the flasher first, in the act, to know with any certainty if there was a chance of it working… But seriously, first and foremost, the court will assume that the Police Officer was in the right to cite you. Why? Because there are so many violators out there, why would the officer need to make it up? You must take it to court because there is a 50/50 chance the officer won’t show up. If he fails to appear, the case is usually dismissed. If however, he should show up you better have a pat defense to establish doubt in the mind of the court. I can’t tell you how to do that because only you know the particulars of your citation.
Things to consider: Did he get you on radar? If so, you’re pretty much cooked. However, when was the last time the radar unit was calibrated? How was it calibrated. How long since it has been serviced? If he paced you, from how far back was he? How many car lengths and over how long a distance. Were there other vehicles between you two? Was he pacing from the same lane or one or two over? Time and distance, did he have enough of both to establish a reliable pace? If he was parked and only made a visible estimate, over how far a stretch of road did he observe you? Did he see you passing other vehicles? How long had he been sitting there to get a read on the flow and general speed of other vehicles on the road? If you are found guilty and have not been to traffic school in the last two year’s, your best bet is to ask for school so as to keep it off of your record. Best of luck!
My first arrest was a transient named, Victor Simon Perez. I observed Victor breaking into a newspaper dispenser box for it’s change. I pulled up almost directly behind him while he was still pulling out the change. My training officer and I exited our vehicle and between the patrol car and each of us approaching from his sides, Victor was caught like the proverbial rat that was he. Ahh the memories. Good times, good times.
Thank you Officer Friendly, we’re all sooo happy you’re feeling better!
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