You stammering and wondering what good your witnesses

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Unformatted text preview: I was? Stone: Yes. You: Is it possible that your radar gun was actually timing that truck? Stone: No. You: It isn’t possible? Stone: No. I have trained with this unit and know exactly how to operate it. The truck was not a factor. You: Are you 100% certain that there isn’t a slight possibility that my speed was confused with the truck? Judge: He said, “No”. Next question. You (stammering and wondering what good your witnesses are going to do): Blah Blah Blah Myth 10: Discredit the officer on the stand Some people actually advocate this. They’ll give you a list of questions to ask the officer such as his performance reviews, complaints against him, how many speeding tickets he wrote last month, etc. This will succeed in getting the judge and the police angry at you. It will also immediately be ruled irrelevant. Myth 11: Plead Guilty or Nolo Contendre) and beg for mercy What a waste of time in court. If you plead guilty, you have to pay the fine you’ve got. The judge can’t change the law and if you plead guilty, you just admitted to the speed. If you are planning on doing this, save your time and simply mail in your money. Myth 12: The wide radar beam defense Does a radar beam get wider as it gets further away from the gun? Yes. Does this mean it could possibly have gotten another car? Yes. Then why doesn’t this defense work? Because the officer will say he got you. He knows how to operate the gun and he got you, not anybody else. He will be believed and it will be your word against his. You lose. This has been tried many times. It doesn’t work. If it really worked, radar guns in general wouldn’t be relied upon. Plus the officer will make whatever claim he needs to in order to convict you. Bottom line on this and any other defense where you try to get the cop to admit something in your favor: They don’t work. If necessary, the cop will lie and he will be believed whenever it is your word (or the word of your witnesses) against his. Myth 13: Pay extra on the fine. This is...
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This note was uploaded on 02/11/2010 for the course BUSINESS 122222222 taught by Professor Wayne during the Spring '09 term at CSU Northridge.

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