In Reply to: Just got a ticket for "Exhibition of Speed"!!! posted by Tim Collins on August 31, 2001 at 03:37:40:
Been there, been screwed. I know some people say if there is a mistake on the ticket, then its grounds for throwing it out, well, some judges look at it as a clerical error and ignore it. Hopefully here in LA its not like that. Actually, I heard its more worse in LA since there is such a large volume of cases the judge has to hear. I would show up to court and hope that the officers don't. Thats teh best bet. For the 3 times I've been to court for speeding, the judge usually sides with the officer, stating professionalism and duty basically overide your common man status. Its sad. I'd show up in a nice suit and a good attitude. Don't claim that cops are stupid, or at least this one was, but rather say he flagarantly made a mistake in pulling you over. Never admit to anything on your ticket, ie: if it says you were going 45 in a 35, say no you weren't. Don't say that you were, but you were driving with the flow of traffic. To them, breaking the law is breaking the law. Total innocence is not breaking the law. The law is blind to circumstances.
Hope this helps and good luck,
I pull up to a light, and a C5 is next to me, cute chick looks over. I dunno if she wants to race, but of course I'm not gonna waste my gas racing a C5... anyhow, the light turns green, I take off like normal. All of a sudden, I hear a burnout behind me and she TAKES OFF. I'm still not accelerating fast, see the cherries go off in the rearview, cop pulls both of us over (2 cops in 1 car). Tells me I was "spinning my tires, causing smoke and debris" (BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!). Gives me a ticket for Exhibition of Speed, dunno what happened with the Corvette. Anyhow... what should I do, guys? I guess I'm gonna have to get a good lawyer... I had 2 passengers, so they'll be witnesses... I would really appreciate your help on this, I'm scared shitless of getting this on my insurance (I already went to traffic school last year, don't have that option).
Can anyone recommend a good lawyer in the Los Angeles area?
Thanks guys... this is bullshit... the law just hates kids driving better cars than their american POS squad beaters.
BTW, he wrote on the ticket "97 BMW 535i". Dunno if I should be honored or something, but would this provide a flaw in his case? He also wrote August 31, 12:40 PM, when it was 12:40 in the morning, just after midnight. Also said I was doing 40 in a 35, but I looked down at my speedo when I saw him pull in behind me (lights off) and I was only doing 30 or so. DAMN this pisses me off, I'm totally innocent, and I'm gonna have to spend money to prove it??? FUCK that system, man...