I was stopped by Police in Pacific Beach SD walking (no vehicle involved) with a half full 12oz beer can.
My ticket is for an infraction, not a misdemeanor. However, I am not sure if my actual case is for a M or I, as I can't find any record of my case or ticket on the SD court website. http://www.sdcourt.ca.gov/
I Just got my letter from the court with a bail amount of $280.
My main question is am I better off just paying the 280, and be done with it, or pay a lawyer to try to fight this. Is there any point/ any way to make it cheaper?
I am guilty of having that can of beer, never been in any other trouble before.
A couple details:
The officer got my address from my license, this address is correct. However, in the letter from the court my apartment # is all wrong. Don't know if it matters since the letter still reached me.
I can't find any record for the case or ticket on the website provided so not sure how I would even pay it there.
Thanks for any help.
You need assistance with this because IF convicted of that violation your driver's license will be suspended. Attorneys like myself who practice in San Diego have strategies to assist people in your shoes--sometimes they work, sometimes they don't, but without professional assistance you risk losing your license for one full year over 1/2 a can of beer. Seems ridiculous, I know, but that's the situation.
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This code section, whether it is a misdemeanor or an infraction, comes with a 1-year license suspension if you are found guilty. I would highly suggest retaining an attorney to assist in the matter in order to maximize your chances of avoiding this serious consequence.
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