My ticket is for failure to stop at a stop sign. Can I get a prayer for judgement for that without a lawyer?

Asked 11 months ago - Lincolnton, NC

I did a rolling stop at a stop sign and the state trooper was going the other way, and did a u turn to pull me over. This is my first ticket since January 2009, which was dropped. I'm also trying to get a license plate ticket dropped from the same night.

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  1. Christopher James Welch

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    Answered . Sure you can, but it's always in the discretion if the Judge. The risk is that you have to plead responsible (guilty) first before you make that request, so if the judge doesn't grant your request then you're stuck. But I don't think your 2009 case will be an issue. Good luck!

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  2. Katrina Louise Smith

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    Answered . I agree with the previous comments. It is likely that the judge may grant you request for the PJC considering you have not had any violations since 2009. However, as mentioned, the granting of a PJC is solely in the judge's discretion.

  3. David T. Courie

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    Answered . If rolling the dice and the possible worst case scenario isn't of any real concern to you, then go it alone. Judges' decision making and exercise of discretion is unique to each judge. The judge on Monday may grant you a PJC whereas the one scheduled the following day may not. This knowledge is part of what you pay for when you hire an experienced attorney. I had a client in today that made serious mistakes going it alone armed with the advice provided by the officer who wrote her the ticket! Don't do this to yourself. Don't roll the dice. Find a good attorney to help you. Fixing the second mistake is generally more expensive than fixing the first! Good luck.

  4. Stephen Ross Cohen

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    Answered . Ask for a trial and if the officer does not show up, make a motion to dismiss for lack of prosecution, if he does you might want to ask for traffic school.

    My name is Stephen R. Cohen and have practiced since 1974. I practice in Los Angeles and Orange County, CA.... more

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