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Jon Michael Zimmerman

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  • Should I plead not guilty to 99 in 55 for VA speeding ticket?

    The ticket is for 99 in a 55. He said I was pulled when I was going 80 but earlier he clocked me at 99. Why didn't he pull me going 99? Should I plead not guilty to the 99 charge since he pulled me going 80? The car going 99 mph could have bee...

    Jon’s Answer

    Before you go 80, before you go 99, or afterward, and before you plea to anything anywhere, get an attorney. An attorney can walk you through the process, act as your mouthpiece and advocate, and help figure out the best course for you. It is irrelevant whether you were going 80 or 99 if the cop might be able to prove either, as both are over the speed limit. This is where an attorney can help. An attorney in Virginia can sort out the relevant from the irrelevant, and hopefully keep your driving record clean.

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  • How can I find out why I got an suspended license?

    I was pulled over for my lights and found out that my license was suspended. I never received any mail to tell me my license was suspended.

    Jon’s Answer

    Contact the agency that issued your driver's license, usually your state DMV.

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  • Legal Advice on What does Case Closed and Bail Fortieture on date x mean? I'm not sure if paid already. Traffic ticket in CA

    Traffic ticket for TXTing

    Jon’s Answer

    If a case is marked as closed, it means that there's nothing pending any longer on that case. A bail forfeiture is a type of case status in which money (bail) is forfeited to the court, usually in exchange for closing a case and sometimes in lieu of appearance on the case.

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  • In march I was traveling through georgia and received a ticket for 87 mph in a 70 mph zone.

    Georgia trooper handed me the citation and told me if I chose to pay the fine I could send it by a certain date . By doing so I was pleading guilty to speeding ( about $185 ) So cited, explained, and paid. I have the receipt. A mont after paying ...

    Jon’s Answer

    So I don't necessarily think this is a civil rights violation, but it does raise some interesting legal issues. I'm not certain that the State can lawfully come back and ask for more money, as this raises some constitutional issues. Nevertheless, in a broader sense, Georgia CAN send proof to Florida that you got a speeding ticket in Georgia, and this can affect your record and driving privilege in Florida and every other state. The smart thing to do is to try to keep speeding tickets off your record in the first place. You should contact an attorney in Georgia to see what can be done to potentially remove this from your record and see what can be done about trying to abate this "super speeder" fine. I don't think the "blue eyes" analogy is on point, as it appears Georgia might treat every qualified driver who pays a fine as a post facto "super speeder." It still sounds problematic, but this is why you should contact an attorney in Georgia for Georgia legal advice. Good luck.

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  • What can I expect in court if I do show up with an interlock and a license?

    I was caught speeding 108 m.p.h. in a 75 m.p.h. zone while driving on a suspended/revoked license in New Mexico

    Jon’s Answer

    If you're showing up to a court on a criminal charge, you could face jail. You should contact an attorney in your area right away. You should not handle this on your own.

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  • Defective muffler ticket - how does cop determine it is bad muffler? is is based on his hearing or is there some other criteria

    his hearing would be subjective and how can that be enforced. they did not use some kind of meter to check the decibel level.

    Jon’s Answer

    This is a great question. I'm not an attorney in New York and you should consult an attorney there, as in many states this is a moving violation as it can be considered defective equipment.

    By "bad" muffler, I'm wondering if you mean modified exhaust. If noise is the issue, then in my view there should be some type of measurement, such as that of a decibel meter. In addition, there should be some personal knowledge of the officer that the muffler was "bad" or modified. Often, it's the intake that's the issue, and not the exhaust. Nevertheless, you should still consult a NY attorney.

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  • What is a contempt review in the kitsap county superior court?

    someone I know is being charged with rape of a child 3, tomorrow his court date says that it is a contempt review, what is this? what happens during this? and what are the next steps that will happen before he is sentenced?

    Jon’s Answer

    You should repost this question in a the criminal practice area.

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  • Should i press charges against the sheriffs office for letting their explorers read my case file?

    I was a sheriff explorer for skamania county and just recently quit the program yesterday due to two police officers letting an explorer read my case file, this explorer works with me at a job in our county. This explorer also has been spotted sit...

    Jon’s Answer

    Is this a criminal case file? If so, letting a non-commissioned individual (e.g., an explorer) read your case file might violate department policy as well as other records laws. You as a citizen cannot press charges, but you might be able to get a prosecutor or other official to consider pressing charges. You can also consider filing a civil complaint against the Sheriff's Office and if you believe a law has been broken, you can also consider filing a police report (for example, with the Washington State Patrol).

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  • In CT, I received a ticket for driving while operating a cell phone. I want to know whether it would be a good idea to contest?

    If I contest the ticket, rather than just pay the fine - am I taking the chance of having any additional penalty levied, such as increased fines or points on my license. If I just pay the fine vs if I am found guilty if I go to court - are there ...

    Jon’s Answer

    These are questions best answered by a defense attorney in Connecticut. I suggest you call an attorney in Fairfield County or New Haven County to answer your question.

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  • I just got a ticket for cell phone use while driving in Connecticut. I was considering contesting it, and wanted some advise.

    If I contest the ticket, rather than just pay the fine - am I taking the chance of having any additional penalty levied, such as increased fines or points on my license. If I just pay the fine vs if I am found guilty if I go to court - are there d...

    Jon’s Answer

    These are questions best answered by a defense attorney in Connecticut. I suggest you call an attorney in Fairfield County or New Haven County to answer your question.

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