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  • In a traffic trial, if a police officer testifies that I said something that I did not, can I object on the grounds of hearsay?

    For example, if he lies by testifying that I admitted to speeding even though I never admitted such a thing, can I interrupt and say, "OBJECTION... HEARSAY"?

    William’s Answer

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    If the officer attributes the statement to you it is a party admission and not hearsay. You would need to cross examine the officer to show how you did not make the statement or wait until it is your turn to testify and state that what the officer said is incorrect or state what you actually said

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  • I failed to appear in court for a traffic ticket & now my $251 fee has turned into $551, can this be reversed?

    I got a ticket for driving without headlights in National City at the end of October 2014, my court date was in December but since I split my time living in Houston I wasn't able to appear so I did a 30 day extension thinking I'd make it by Januar...

    William’s Answer

    As mentioned, you should go to court or have an attorney go to court for you. When you or the attorney make an appearance it will prevent a license suspension or lift the hold on your license if you already have one. You can then set a trial date to try to get the actual headlight violation dismissed which can save you money. It will be up to the judge hearing the case whether to delete the civil assessment or not. If you get to court sooner the better as that could result in a reduction in the amount of the civil assessment.

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  • Is it worth fighting a ticket for wearing my seat belt improperly?

    It was under my armpit instead of over my shoulder. V C Section 27315 states "'properly restrained by a safety belt. means [...] the upper (shoulder) portion of the belt, if present, crosses the chest in front of the occupant."

    William’s Answer

    Technically, you are not wearing the seat belt correctly. However, you never know what might happen if you set the case for trial. As was said, it just depends on if you are willing to take the time to go to court for the arraignment and then again for the trial date. If the officer does not show up on the trial date, the court must dismiss the ticket.

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  • Traffic ticket appears after 9yrs

    Hi I recieved a ticket when I was 18yrs old for a non drivers liscence and for expired registration .. I went to court and they ordered me to pay like 960 or something like that.I never payed it then I ended up going to federal prison in feb 2007...

    William’s Answer

    I would suggest going to the court and looking at the paperwork or file related to that old ticket. The court may have proof of the dismissal. If not, you would likely need to have the case added on to the court calendar to speak with a judge about the whole incident. Bring anything that proves the time you spent in federal custody and the judge may agree to dismiss the ticket or a portion of it....Also check to make sure this new bill is actually about the same old ticket--compare case numbers to be sure there was not a newer ticket you forget about or did not know you received (like a camera ticket).

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  • I got a infraction on the sprinter and it's been three weeks and why is it still not on the website

    To pay ?

    William’s Answer

    As mentioned, it often takes some time for citations to be entered into the court's system. If you get closer to the court date and have not received a notice in the mail you will need to contact the court or appear on the date noted on the bottom of your ticket. You can always contest the ticket and enter a not guilty plea and set it for trial instead of paying it.

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  • Do I pay the speeding ticket or fight the ticket?

    I got a speeding ticket for going 81 on a 65 and plus I had expired insurance card but I do have insurance. Now I have to pay 1226 for both violations.

    William’s Answer

    Contest the citation and see if it gets dismissed. If the officer does not show up it will be dismissed. If you have an attorney they may be able to get the speed reduce to 80 mph which can knock over $100 off the fine for that violation. Showing proof of getting insurance after the incident should work to reduce the fine on that violation from $880 to around half of that. It is worth the time to go to court and fight it or at least show proof of the insurance instead of just paying the whole fine.

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  • Caught stealing at Target SD $322 Appx. 1st offense ever. Any chance for dismissal so my record stays clean? Please see details.

    I was caught with items totaling about $322. Underwear mostly. Necessities that I needed but was too ashamed to ask family for help financially due to holidays and amount of support they already give me. The officer and Targets Loss Prevention bo...

    William’s Answer

    Based on this being a first offense it may be possible to get the prosecutor to reduce the offense to an infraction or a dismissal. What happens and how it happens also depends on which court the case is in- they each deal with petty theft offenses a little different. If downtown you may qualify for a new program called community court which could result in a dismissal. If in El Cajon, Chula Vista, or Vista a dismissal may be more difficult to get but you haves chance to negotiate with the District Attorney to try to get the reduction or dismissal- would involve you doing community service and an online shoplifting course to earn a reduction.

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  • Can I fight this ? Glass bottle at Qualcomm stadium. San Diego.

    I was approached by 2 San Diego policeman at Qualcomm stadium this past Sunday and was asked if the glass rum bottle in the back cargo area of my suv was mine i said yes why and they informed me that you can not have glass at Qualcomm. I said sorr...

    William’s Answer

    You can contest the citation and see what happens. If the officer does not show up on the trial date, the court has to dismiss the citation. It just depends on whether you want to try that or not. As mentioned, not knowing glass is not allowed is not a defense.

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  • GOT A SPEEDING TICKET DOING 75 ON A 65 FREEWAY BUT FOR WEEKS COULDN'T FIND THE TICKET IN THE SYSTEM AND RECENTLY RECEIVED A NEW

    DOES THIS HAPPEN OFTEN? CHANGES MADE NEXT TO CODES FROM A LETTER "B" TO AN "A" NOT SURE WHAT ALL THAT MEANS

    William’s Answer

    This is an amendment to the citation. It means the officer made a mistake on the original citation and fixed it and notified you of the correction. Typically speeding on the freeway is cited under Vehicle Code section 22349(a), so if the officer originally wrote 22349(b), he is changing it to the proper section of 22349(a). You can contest the ticket and see what happens, but now you are contesting the 22349(a) charge as filed by the officer with the court.

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  • Is singing a citation the same as O.R

    If so you sign a traffic ticket or any other citation is that the same as O.R

    William’s Answer

    Signing a citation is your promise to appear. If you do not sign citation, the officer can arrest you. Is operates the same as being released on your own recognizance (OR) in that you do not need to post a bail at that time to avoid getting arrested. Technically, you are just signing that you will appear, because the judge may require the bail (fine) to be paid when you attend the arraignment and that is generally when the issue of an OR release or bond is discussed and finalized. Generally, if you appear in person for the arraignment here in San Diego County, the court does not require you to post the bail/fine up front.

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