Cop Talk Live!

November 29, 2006 | Karin's Blog | 5 comments

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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  1. Edie Ramer

    Glad you’re feeling better, Officer Friendly. 🙂

    I was ticketed and went to court, more of a pre-trial then a trial. I ended up pleading no contest because of the hassle of going to court again, but I was one of the last ones up, and 3 other people protesting their tickets had been ticketed that same day by the same cop. The judge changed mine to a mechanical malfunction of my car (I forget the phrase). I paid a lowered fine but didn’t lose any points and it didn’t affect my insurance. I was lucky that I had a decent judge.

  2. Mary

    How many points do you receive for a speeding ticket? say 30 miles over.

  3. Officer Friendly

    Mary – I can only answer based upon California law. In CA. anything over 20 MPH is a mandatory appearance and if convicted probably only one point with a fine. The judge’s are constantly reducing the fines, however. Additional points maybe added based upon the individual’s driving record and most recent infractions.

    Edie – some cops do write more than one ticket per day, especially if they are assigned to traffic. A mechanical is always better then a mover.

  4. Edie Ramer

    Officer Friendly, I can see that would happen with a cop on traffic duty, but all of us were protesting that we weren’t speeding as much as the cop said. That’s why the judge let me off easy. He mentioned the others when he made his decision, so I’m assuming he thought the cop was overzealous.

  5. Officer Friendly

    Edie – very well could be. Lucky you got the judge you did on that particular day. I remember being in court one day when the defendant said they were not going as fast as the officer had indicated. The judge asked how fast they were going and since that was still over the posted limit found them guilty anyway. In the end, speeding is speeding regardless of how much you go over. The lesser the amount, however, the lesser the fine and possible points.

    Good luck to all facing traffic court and please drive carefully during this hurried holiday season.

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