PRE-TRIAL NEGOTIATING WITH THE OFFICER WHO ISSUED THE TICKET IS A CRITICAL STAGE OF SETTLING A TRAFFIC TICKET. SPENCER WAS CHARGED WITH GOING 104MPH - A CONVICTION WOULD HAVE RESULTED IN A FINE OF $1,830, 2 POINTS ON HIS LICENSE, AND A 30-DAY SUSPENSION. BY GETTING THE OFFICER TO STIPULATE TO A SPEED OF 99MPH THE FINE WAS $1,000 LESS, ONE POINT WAS CHARGED, AND NO SUSPENSION.
PETE'S CDL POINTS PROBLEM
Jun 23, 2009
SETTLED BOTH CASES FOR 0 POINTS
PAT IS A COMMERCIAL DRIVER. WHEN HE CALLED ME HE HAD A POINTS PROBLEM - AND TWO CITATIONS PENDING. ONE FOR SPEED, THE OTHER A LOG BOOK. I GOT THE SPEED REDUCED TO A NO-POINT COASTING INFRACTION (VC23170) AND THE LOG BOOK REDUCED TO A NO-POINTER, TOO. PRE-TRIAL NEGOTIATING WITH THE OFFICER IS A CRITICAL STAGE OF SETTLING A TRAFFIC TICKET. AND WHY MY FIRST RULE IS: DO NOT ARGUE, BAD-MOUTH OR INSULT THE OFFICER WHEN THEY GIVE YOU THE TICKET.
MACARIO'S 2 MISDEMEANORS
Apr 10, 2009
ONE DISMISSAL, THE OTHER REDUCED
MACARIO HAD A FIGHT WITH HIS WIFE, WHO WENT OVER HER MOTHER'S HOUSE. MACARIO FOLLOWED AND WAS INVITED IN. ARGUING GOT LOUD, AND HE WAS TOLD TO LEAVE, WHICH HE DID. HIS ANGER GOT THE BEST OF HIM AND HE BROKE OUT THE BACK WINDOW OF HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW'S CAR PARKED IN FRONT. UNFORTUNATELY FOR HIM, THE COPS WERE TURNING THE CORNER AT THE TIME. HE WAS CHARGED WITH 2 MISDEMEANORS: VANDALISM WORTH MORE THAN $400, AND REMAINING ON PREMISES W/O OWNER'S CONSENT. (HE DIDN'T LEAVE MOM'S IMMEDIATELY).
I GOT THE TRESPASSING DISMISSED COMPLETELY, AND SETTLED THE OTHER FOR A STANDARD FINE ($365), 3 YRS PROBATION, AND RESTITUTION FOR THE WINDSHIELD. NO JAIL TIME, NO COMMUNITY SERVICE, NO COUNSELLING.
Settled dui for traffic infraction & $50 fine
Pat M. was camping with friends, decided to go out for some dinner. He's driving his motorcycle, friends following in a station wagon. Pat goes around a turn on Hwy 99 and is forced off the road by another car way over the yellow line. He hits a boulder, goes down the embankment, hits a drainage ditch and suffers a broken leg, foor, pelvis broken in five places and a punctured lung. Cell phones don't work in the mountains and Pat waits with his girlfriend while friends drive for help. Pat's girl has a flask that they had taken for the camping trip. It's full of whiskey - about 7ozs total. He drinks this while waiting, and suffering unimaginable pain. When the cops arrive they smell the booze - which Pat admits he drank - and decide he was drunk and that's why he crashed. Unbelievable. They charge him with a dui. Talk about adding insult to injury...
Well, once Pat explained what had happened to me, and I confirmed it with half-dozen witnesses, I just promised myself that Pat M. was not going to have to deal with a dui conviction on top of everything else...
Final outcome: settled the case for a no-point traffic infraction and $50 fine. I worked out blood alcohol extrapolation data proving that Pat was not drunk at the time of the accident (9 PM). To their credit, the prosecutors listened and saw the truth.
Sometimes, there is a little justice in this mean old world.