a friend of mine used my name in a traffic stop and now im on the verge of having a suspended license if im convicted. I did not give him permission to use my name and he knows my information and i cannot prevent him from knowing. he was going 120MPH in a 60 MPH zone. What do i do to make sure im not convicted in traffic court. Should I give him up to the judge or go to the police beforehand.
You should file a complaint with the Police Department. It will be crucial at troal to know what documents if any he showed. The vehicle involved may help or hurt your case as well. Some ALJs will listen and give you a chance and others will not go for the "it wasn't me" defense. Knowing which to go before is crucial. To that end, habing an attorney is highly recommend ed.
I would go to the police. There are judges who would impose a jail sentence for 120 miles per hour. Didn't this person have to show identification?
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You should file a complaint against the person. The cop should be able to remember who he actually pulled over and get the situation remedied. I would hire an attorney though to make sure, because some judges will give a jail sentence for that high of a speed. Don't take the chance that this just works itself out.
File a claim with the police with regard to the incident. Be prepared to demonstrate your alibi for your location at the time the ticket was issued, and this guy is NOT a friend of yours, he tried to use your name to keep his own butt out of a sling at your expense.
If you end up being hauled in for trial on the matter as a criminal defendant, be sure to have a criminal defense attorney. Expect to have to PROVE that it wasn't you, because your testimony won't matter.
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