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Old 10-07-2010, 06:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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God damn, just got a speeding ticket and the cop was a ****k.

Long story short; it's my day off today(Thursday), so my friend and I decided to go to the casino. we both were driving our own cars, and I was in the front. It was about 12:15am. No traffic, just 2 cars behind me. I got pulled over right in front of the exit to the casino. I was going down hill at about 75-80mph in 65. My friend stayed right behind me at the same speed. The cop parked on the road shoulder with all the light off. As I passed by, he turned on all the lights and chased me. I was cited going 93 in 65. It's 22349(a) VC. He also put his radar unit+ on. That god damn radar is so off. I am gonna contest the ticket for sure. Can you guys help me out and give me some idea about how to fight this god damn crap.

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Old 10-07-2010, 06:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Get a lawyer, don't plead guilty
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Old 10-07-2010, 07:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Should have looked at him and asked when the last time his gun was checked. I was with my father-in-law once in his CLS550 and he got pulled for doing 85 in a 60. Asked the cop when the last time he had his radar gun checked and he just said have a nice day and let us go.... I think they have to get them checked every two or three months, so chances are, his hasn't been checked....
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Old 10-07-2010, 07:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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That's a good point about getting the gun checked. I will ask him this question on the trial
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Good luck bro...
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Old 10-12-2010, 12:15 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hope it's not too late but there are few things you can do:

1. If you got ticket during night time, try to schedule for a court date during day time.
2. When it comes to your court date, call the court and reschedule it for another time (2 weeks later or more, just make up some excuses).
3. Repeat step 2 and schedule for another court date (if possible).

The longer the court date the more advantages you'll get.

Some advantages are:

*If the cop doesn't show up, you'll automatically walk away a winner and case closed.
*If he does show up chances are he will not remember you and all the details during the time/date that he gave you the ticket.
*You remember the details better then the cop so just use that to attack him. Make sure you're prepared for the rebuttal. (ie. Ask him for proof that his radar gun was calibrated during the time he gave you the ticket.) If anything bring out your friend as a witness, that you two were going at the same legal speed limit and so on.
*If all else failed, it doesn't hurt to ask for a reduction in the bail amount. (:

Hope this help. Good luck!
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Old 10-12-2010, 04:57 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I got the ticket at 12:15am at placerville US-50. He could be either a swing shift or graveyard shift. The court date or pre-hearing(I think that's what they call it and that's when you plead guilty or not), anyways, the date shown on the citation is 8:15am on 11/16/2010.

I've done some research. Here the information I've got so far.
Option 1: Plead not guilty. Pros: if the cop doesn't show up, the case will be dismissed, or he can't proof his radar gun wasn't calibrated before he gave me the ticket. Cons: Traffic school is not available when plead not gulity but found guilty later. Also, most of time, the judge takes cops' words over ours.

Option 2: plead gulity with explanation stating no intention to drive over the speed limit. I was going downhill, not familiar with the area and didn't pay attention to the speedodometer. clean driving record since day one, 6 years, and first speeding ticket I've ever got. Pros: fine reduction? No point taken off? eligible for traffic shcool. Cons: The judge doesn't give a *** to whatever I say, and no traffic school for me because that's not an option when going over 90mph. The ticket will be on the record for the next 3 years.

So what you guys think?
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Also, If I choose to contest, I will reschedule the court date later so the time is more close to thanksgiving time where the cops will/should be so busy.
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Lawyer/attorney is out of the question. It will cost me about $1200 even though they claim they have over 95% beating the speeding ticket in CA.
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Hope it's not too late but there are few things you can do:

1. If you got ticket during night time, try to schedule for a court date during day time.
2. When it comes to your court date, call the court and reschedule it for another time (2 weeks later or more, just make up some excuses).
3. Repeat step 2 and schedule for another court date (if possible).

The longer the court date the more advantages you'll get.

Some advantages are:

*If the cop doesn't show up, you'll automatically walk away a winner and case closed.
*If he does show up chances are he will not remember you and all the details during the time/date that he gave you the ticket.
*You remember the details better then the cop so just use that to attack him. Make sure you're prepared for the rebuttal. (ie. Ask him for proof that his radar gun was calibrated during the time he gave you the ticket.) If anything bring out your friend as a witness, that you two were going at the same legal speed limit and so on.
*If all else failed, it doesn't hurt to ask for a reduction in the bail amount. (:

Hope this help. Good luck!
interesting! i might try this next time
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I'de say dont pay the ticket and dont go to court and just hide for the next seven years... jk
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Well..that could definitely be another option to me actually cuz I am going back to China in a few years.
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Old 10-16-2010, 09:46 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Well..that could definitely be another option to me actually cuz I am going back to China in a few years.
Yeah if you want a warrant on your ass, go ahead
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Hope it's not too late but there are few things you can do:

1. If you got ticket during night time, try to schedule for a court date during day time.
2. When it comes to your court date, call the court and reschedule it for another time (2 weeks later or more, just make up some excuses).
3. Repeat step 2 and schedule for another court date (if possible).

The longer the court date the more advantages you'll get.

Some advantages are:

*If the cop doesn't show up, you'll automatically walk away a winner and case closed.
*If he does show up chances are he will not remember you and all the details during the time/date that he gave you the ticket.
*You remember the details better then the cop so just use that to attack him. Make sure you're prepared for the rebuttal. (ie. Ask him for proof that his radar gun was calibrated during the time he gave you the ticket.) If anything bring out your friend as a witness, that you two were going at the same legal speed limit and so on.
*If all else failed, it doesn't hurt to ask for a reduction in the bail amount. (:

Hope this help. Good luck!
1. Court is usually in the morning, I've never heard of court at night..
2. You can only reschedule once, unless if you're getting a lawyer, then your lawyer will have to reschedule the second time for you.
3. Some states require the presence of a lawyer to ask for Cop records.

It is rare for a cop NOT to show up on the day he/she is scheduled for court. I've been in court plenty of times, and never have I seen a cop NOT show up.

Is that ticket considered reckless? Sounds like it, if so, lawyer up.

Is this your first offense? (Speeding ticket wise), if so, ask for driving school, if not lawyer up.

Overall points on your record? Are you positive/0/negative? If you're in the 0-neg range, lawyer up.

It's better to pay $1200 and keep your license, then pay $400 and lose it for 6-8 months.
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Old 10-16-2010, 06:08 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Question; How fast were you actually going? Honestly..
Gee...why would I lie on a forum..You don't know me, I don't know you. Honestly, I was going at 75. It could be 80 at the most because I was going downhill. Although I have nothing to prove this, but consider that our car has a digital speedodometer and it's very easy to access to. Plus, my friend's car is FG2 and he told me he was going the same speed I was going which is 75. Chances are, the cop didn't use the gun properly? No recent calibration on the gun? or the gun couldn't catch the right speed if the car is going downhill? or it also could be I and my friend both were going at 93 but the speedometer says 75 since we both have the same car.
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1. Court is usually in the morning, I've never heard of court at night..
2. You can only reschedule once, unless if you're getting a lawyer, then your lawyer will have to reschedule the second time for you.
3. Some states require the presence of a lawyer to ask for Cop records.

It is rare for a cop NOT to show up on the day he/she is scheduled for court. I've been in court plenty of times, and never have I seen a cop NOT show up.

Is that ticket considered reckless? Sounds like it, if so, lawyer up.

Is this your first offense? (Speeding ticket wise), if so, ask for driving school, if not lawyer up.

Overall points on your record? Are you positive/0/negative? If you're in the 0-neg range, lawyer up.

It's better to pay $1200 and keep your license, then pay $400 and lose it for 6-8 months.
I just got the mail from the court. The bail amount is $341. It's just a speeding ticket. I've been driving since 2006. Clean record. This is the first moving violation ticket I've ever got. The only thing piss me off is if it were 90, I could still take traffic school.
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If the cops lights were all out could that be entrapment?
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Gee...why would I lie on a forum..You don't know me, I don't know you. Honestly, I was going at 75. It could be 80 at the most because I was going downhill. Although I have nothing to prove this, but consider that our car has a digital speedodometer and it's very easy to access to. Plus, my friend's car is FG2 and he told me he was going the same speed I was going which is 75. Chances are, the cop didn't use the gun properly? No recent calibration on the gun? or the gun couldn't catch the right speed if the car is going downhill? or it also could be I and my friend both were going at 93 but the speedometer says 75 since we both have the same car.
Well, I was asking a simple question but since that seems to be too hard I guess I'll give you a simple answer; Why don't you stop spending so much time trying to be cool on the internet and spend more time watching how fast you're going and you won't get tickets. Man up and pay the ticket. If I was walking in the dark because I didn't feel like turning on the light I wouldn't get pissed off if I stubbed my toe, I'd just take it as if I were being an idiot and now I have to deal with it.
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If the cops lights were all out could that be entrapment?
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