True, but that's only part of the reason. As you all know I have anger management issues; since I am a tiny weakling I've always had trouble with confrontation so I spend a lot of time fantasizing about Very Bad Things happening to people who mess with me.
Everyone may now commence with your best "how to deal with a speeding
ticket" strategies. I'm willing to spend any amount of money to keep
the black marks on my license and insurance minimized.
I don't know about New York, but in California if you have not had any tickets in the past 18 months, and your ticket is classified as an "infraction" and is not DUI/DWI you are eligible to attend traffic school (many are online and those are acceptable). After completing traffic school, the school will notify your State DMV and the ticket will be "invisible" to your insurance company and your rates will *not* increase.
Here in CA you get to do this once every 18 months.
Again, "your mileage may vary" and I have NO idea if this is even possible in NY, but it is certainly worth exploring.
You probably will have to plead guilty to the ticket and pay the fine, but it does save you the insurance premium hike (which in most states "sticks around" for 3 years after the date of conviction/plea).
**Note: In CA you can get as many tickets as your wallet and lifestyle can withstand. You get to "eliminate" one every 18 months. If you are normally a good driver and get nabbed by "the typical asshole cop" this saves your skin. If you are "Joe Speed-Racer" you deserve what you got.
There is a traffic school point reduction program in NY, and that may end up becoming part of the package. Because the stakes are high in this case I have decided to outsource the pleading of this case to an attorney who will represent me in court using whatever strategy he deems appropriate for the situation.
My perception of police in general has always been positive. It's a shame this asshole ruined that. He needs to be relocated to some unstable middle-east nation where his assholery will be handled in an appropriate fashion.
There is a traffic school point reduction program in NY, and that may
end up becoming part of the package. Because the stakes are high in
this case I have decided to outsource the pleading of this case to an
attorney who will represent me in court using whatever strategy he
deems appropriate for the situation.
If you were 'clocked' by police radar ("radiopositioning equipment") MAKE SURE that your attorney is completely conversant in how to do pre-trial discovery. You need:
1. a certified copy of the FCC license covering the law enforcement agency that issued the citation
2. a certified copy of the inventory of radiopositioning equipment on hand on the day of your citation.
If #1 is less than #2 then it is the obligation of the Prosecution to ***prove*** that the radar unit used by the cop in question is one of the LICENSED units covered by the FCC license. The FCC does NOT license by serial number or model, only by "total number of units." Thus is it absolutely impossible for the prosecutor to meet his burden of proof, and the case must be dismissed.
3. make sure you have a record of the time of day/night, temperature, humidity and ambient weather conditions (clear, cloudy, drizzle, rain, whatever). This information is essential should it be necessary for you to mount a defense based on the known technical shortcomings of microwave-based radiopositioning to accurately determine speeds in less than ideal weather conditions. Ground scatter, temperature inversion(s), and the presence of other moving objects are all sources of error, all of which lead to introducing "reasonable doubt" which is all that need be done to lead to a verdict of not guilty. Remember, traffic court is ****criminal court**** and must follow all the rules of evidence, etc. and offer the defendant (you) all the constitutional protections.
4. the exact radar "gun" the cop used to "clock" you must under law be periodically calibrated. Here in CA it is once in every 48 hours. Calibration is a simple process and is easy to do, but it is fun to put the cop on the stand and ask him/her about it, "salting" the examination with lots of Physics Traps to make the cop look incompetent, which introduces doubt into the accuracy of the calibration, which introduces doubt into the validity of the only evidence against you (the radar reading) and leads to a dismissal.
So, as you can hopefully see, "Joe Lawyer" is absolutely NOT good enough. You need a radar specialist. You will need an expert witness. Put the right lawyer and the right expert in that courtroom and YOU WILL PREVAIL.
Laser is not subject to licensing - it is not a radio - so those discoveries and arguments won't work.
I'll be honest - no experience here. I'm the "radar guy." And have never had a radar ticket "stick" in roughly 50 years driving.
In MA and CT, if you "appeal" the ticket and the officer does not show up to defend, the ticket is expunged (guilty or not). Most of the time (at least in MA and CT), the officers don't show up because it's a PIA and they have to go off-radio and sit in the courthouse until their ticket comes up for review. Would imagine NY has something similar.
(My dad has a double-lead foot.)
Once upon a time a friend of mine got a ticket in NJ for, what else, speeding.
I called "someone I knew" and was told to let my friend know that he was to get his (automatic) first postponement.
He then went to work. He was... mmmm... a hacker.
He managed to "get the cop transferred" to the far northwest corner of NJ the day before the rescheduled hearing.
Needless to say, the cop failed to appear and the ticket was thrown out.
Amazing what one can do when one manages to log into a "certain computer" and then "become root" and.... <very evil grin>
Was this, by chance, the same person who once set the telco switch so that a friend of his received a message indicating that the number from which he was calling had been disconnected? ;-)
Actually saw a DeLorean on the road... what a killer body style, so low-slung and road-hugging. too bad the engine was a dog
The driver was pushing the car to 75mph, which is about 90% of the car's top speed ;)
He bottomed out the suspension once, on the Cross Bronx, at a poorly maintained overlap. Sparks flew. He learned for the next one, and slowed way down...
He bottomed out the suspension once, on the Cross Bronx, at a poorly
maintained overlap. Sparks flew. He learned for the next one, and
slowed way down...
The Cross Bronx still exists? It was the living proof of decaying highway infrastructure the *last* time I drove it - and *that* was in the early 1990s....