In Reply to: no. but maybe some advice... posted by Bob F on March 31, 1999 at 20:12:47:
I don't have experience with the La courts,
But if they are similar to OC system, you will be seeing the judge in the courtroom in front of everyone else. Now I am guessing this is actualy your hearing date and by asking to speak with the judge means you are appearing to contest the citation.
So, you can go in and beg for mercy... and hope you get a judge that is easy on traffic cites.
Or you get one that thinks 25 MPH over makes you a menace to society. its a crap shoot.
If you ask for traffic school, dont offer that you went 12 months ago. the judge will have that info in front of him already.
If you ask , could I go to traffic school, he may say yes without looking at the paperwork. once he does that, say thank you, smile and see the bailif for directions.
Second you can go in and plead a case. In this instance you must remember that it is up to you to show the officer may have insufficient knowledge of your case. NEVER ever argue, you will lose.
You need to have a better recall of the circs behind the cite.
The officer gets to go first, he will state weather conditions, traffic conditions his location yours when observed, and how you were "clocked"
Since you didnt tell me much about your case I really cant be specific on pointers. BUT, listen to the officer, try to find something he forgot.
Then when its your turn to question, ask if he saw X or wasnt he really in location Y, or whatever.
then when you get to "tell" your side, bring up the discrepencies in the stories as you have presented them. If you can make the judge feel there is "reasonable doubt" he will find on your favor.
Now I must add, this is by no means intended to be the "answer" to beating a ticket. and you will probably still lose in the majority of the cases.
But above all, remain polite, dont argue and look proffessional.
and above all...drive fast and take chances
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