In Reply to: Traffic stop advice . . . . might work for you posted by ///ptm3 on June 19, 2000 at 17:01:29:
: "9 times out of 10 it's better to be straight up w/ a cop than dick him around like Johnny Cochran."
: Just in case,
Man I think you got lucky. I have to say it's way better to deny everything. If you admit to it, maybe they won't give you a ticket. But if they do, then you can't fight it in court because you ADMITTED to it. I got a ticket for running a red once, and I got out of it because I claimed it would have been unsafe to stop at the point at which the light turned yellow. And the less you say when you get pulled over the better (gives the cop less points to bring up in court).
A few weeks ago I got pulled over for speeding. I had just gotten my JC Euro intake and wanted to show my buddy what it could do. The cop told me I was going 50 MPH in a 30 zone by his visual estimation. I admitted nothing, and even corrected him that it was a 35 zone. He said, "Well, there's no way I can prove how fast you were going, but you need slow down." No ticket. But had I been truthful (that I was going 65, actually), You can bet I would have gotten a ticket. I was honest to a cop once ("Yeah I probably was going a little too fast...) and got two tickets.
That's why I say deny all and fight it in court if you have to, because remember, it's harder to prove that you DID something than you DIDN'T.