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The 5 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid for a Traffic Ticket

by The Guvnor on September 20, 2013, no comments

Vehicle Traffic Attorneys

  • Mistake #1- Delaying the Court Trial

Most would advise you to get a continuance. The claim is the longer your can postpone the traffic court date, the bigger the chance the police officer wont show up. This makes no sense and isn’t a good strategy to fight a traffic ticket.
Delaying the court date will not improve your chance of having your traffic ticket dismissed.
My question is what if you do postpone your traffic court date and the officer still shows up?
Traffic patrol officers get paid overtime to be in traffic court. They don’t bring them off their patrols to be there.

  • Mistake #2- Requesting evidence before traffic court.

Don’t get me wrong, you have the legal right to view everything they plan on using to convict you. Its called discovery, and is useful before a murder trial. But this is traffic court and it can hurt your case.
When you make a motion for discovery and request evidence before your trial, this sends red flags to the prosecution that you are planning a good defense. He’ll take it as a challenge and will prepare his case so efficiently that it becomes almost impossible to win.

Don’t give the prosecution a heads up that you know anything about traffic court proceedings. Do not contact them prior to your traffic court date.

Mistake #3- Doing a lot of needless research

How many of you like to spend your free time at your local courthouse researching piles upon piles of law books? There’s absolutely no need to do this research. It’s time consuming and not to mention boring.
Only rarely would it be prudent to look up a law so you know how it may be worded, other than that it is needless to do this with most traffic tickets.

Mistake #4- Going after the police officers credibility

Going to traffic court with the sole purpose of making the police officer look like an idiot will backfire on you and any plan you had of getting your traffic ticket thrown out. Claiming things like, “the radar gun was faulty”, or “the officer clocked the wrong vehicle”, or “the officer singled you out”, or “the officer hasn’t had adequate training with the radar/laser gun” are all useless defenses.
Challenging the officers training of a radar gun will always draw scrutiny from the judge. He will take the officers side and will insist you ask the next question.
Its just understood that the officer has the proper training on the speed detecting equipment he or she used to give you a traffic ticket. There’s no question about it. Say you do try this defense, where are you going to get the evidence the judge will ask for to support your claim?

Mistake #5- Going to traffic court unprepared

Probably the mistake most people make is thinking they did a good job doing their homework prior to their day in traffic court, and actually didn’t have a clue as to what they were doing to get prepared. So they lose their case and end up being convicted of the traffic ticket.
And then there are the people who show up to traffic court thinking the judge will have pity on them if they just tell their side of the story. Yeah right!
Avoid these five mistakes and you will have a better chance of winning your case in traffic court and getting your traffic ticket dismissed.

Get Legal Help for a Domestic Violence Dispute

by The Guvnor on August 10, 2013, no comments

Category: Domestic Violence Lawyers

Domestic violence is a serious problem with many negative consequences. Violence in a relationship destroys the stability of the home and puts the victim into difficult emotional and financial circumstances. When a victim is faced with domestic violence it’s wise to contact a good criminal attorney to obtain the best legal advice available.There are several things victims of domestic violence need to know and protections that a criminal lawyer can provide. The most important aspect of domestic violence is the victim’s safety as well as that of other family members. Getting out of the situation is always recommended until the legal and counseling issues can be addressed. A criminal attorney representing the victim will file the appropriate paperwork with the court.

These papers will provide legal protection in the form of a court order that safeguards the victim and family from further aggression. In many situations this is a service of the publicly provided prosecuting attorney. Protection orders come in various forms with varying stipulations. At the heart of all written protection orders is the safety and security of the victim.

Violating the judge’s order to refrain from contact with the listed protected persons and to restrain from all violence is a serious criminal offense. The failure to obey this order can easily land the suspect in jail forthwith. Another important consideration for the victim is the legal right to property and housing mutually owned or under the control of the suspect and the victim. A criminal lawyer petitions the court to ensure that the victim’s right to the available finances and personal property is granted by the suspect.

The suspect is not allowed to withhold legal access or intimidate the victim into forfeiting the use of these things. Many victims of domestic violence fail to leave a dangerous situation because they believe they need the financial security normally provided by the suspect. Many other victims fear their property will be destroyed in their absence if they seek safety away from the situation.

Other victims are emotionally convinced they no longer have the right to their property or that they cannot survive on their own apart from the one who has abused them. The court upholds the victim’s rights in the face of these difficulties. Using the services of a criminal attorney provides the necessary legal representation for the victim and ensures that the victim’s rights are honored.

A good attorney will guide the victim throughout the prosecution of the suspect in the criminal court system. Since domestic violence is a highly contested crime it is safe to assume a defendant is represented by his or her own attorney. The attorney representing the victim’s interests in this case provides the needed legal protection. It’s always wise to be represented by an experienced criminal attorney when exposed to domestic violence.

Legal protection extended to victims of domestic violence involves more than just physical safety. Property rights, access to home and court orders are all secured by competent legal counsel available to victims. If you are faced with a domestic situation, seek the services of a lawyer who specializes in criminal law.