today I was driving down a state rd in city limits. I was not speeding, was seat belted and committing no infractions at all. As I drove thru an intersection a marked cruiser pulled into traffic behind me. Within 90 seconds of doing so I was pulled over. When he approached the car, I asked what I had done. He asked me my name and when I gave it to him he replied I had a suspended license for an unpaid ticket. I have no interaction with police so I am not known out and about, I have not received a citation locally in at least 20 years so there is no reason for this. I believe he didnt even have time at the time of the stop to run my tag based on his distance from me.
Look, I'm not going to type the many - the plethora - of viable explanations that I guarantee you that the cop in question will swear to on a busload of Bishops and a Cardinal too boot.
So you got a ticket(s) and now it is time to fight it. If the end game was receipt of an infraction(s) then any of the many local Z-hills area traffic lawyers can competently handle your case and if it turned into more, a criminal traffic or other criminal matter, then you might seek more experienced criminal defense counsel. Either way, you can do this alone (foolishly I might add) or you can hire a lawyer to assist you.
You may or may not enjoy viable defenses to the charges, affirmative or otherwise, or there may be factual, legal, procedural or substantive mechanisms by which to attack and beat the charges in your unique case, but the best way for you to get competent advise is going to be to consult with an experienced and local traffic / criminal defense lawyer who can follow-up on your information with questions of her/his own, as well as review the citation(s) / police report(s) and whatever evidence that you may provide and then offer an informed opinion.
What you think or believe may or may not be relevant to what will happen in Court. Please do yourself a favor and let someone with adequate training and knowledge help you to make that call.
Btw, if we are talking about infraction / non-criminal matters only then, in my opinion, the best defense for any traffic citation anywhere is to hire a local traffic ticket lawyer. I can't speak to the Z-hills area per se but in Miami, Fl, where I have been a practicing criminal defense lawyer for 22+ years, for $49-$99 you will get a lawyer who knows the law, the procedure, the Judge and probably the cop. In short you will almost certainly get both competent representation and a better result for a relatively small fee / investment.
I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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Sounds like a suspicious traffic stop, but the officer may have a different version of events than you relate. They often do. What exactly is the status of your license? Assuming it is in fact suspended, you may want to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney familiar with the local courts to help you challenge the legality of the traffic stop.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--19 years experience. Law Offices of Jay S. Finnecy
I am willing to bet the officer will say, you fit the description of the driver (example, white male, late 30's, blonde hair). It is legal for officers to see you driving, get behind you, pull you car registration, check out the driver's record and basically cross-reference the person he saw driving with the description of the individual in the driver's license. In this case, he will probably say he saw you driving, saw the driver had a suspended DL, and you matched the person who the car is registered to (if you are not the owner yourself). As a PD I encountered this numerous times, and argued several Motions to Dismiss until I was blue in the face, and the Judge's found this to be totally legal. Hope you can resolve your DL issues, and I hope this helped.
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