California Speeding and Traffic Tickets, Second court appearance for California Stop Sign Ticket!

By Ronald Cupp PHD

Since my last post, I appeared in court today, which was my second  court appearance for my California stop sign ticket. I personally have used this what I am describing below on several California traffic tickets and speeding tickets, namely cell phone tickets, commuter lane tickets, red light tickets, red light camera tickets and seat belt tickets. It also works for other California misdemeanors and infractions, almost any administrative type hearing.

Look at my last blog post for recap and audio. To recap my dance steps, I appeared in court April 27, 2010 and requested a ‘Verified Complaint’. When I appeared in court today, the bailiff (sheriff) handed me the ‘verified complaint’, as I came up to the bench (I don’t think that was proper service, but that will be for later research and blog post-follow us on caticketbusters).

 It almost looked legal! (We have had several courts and types of supposed verified complaints, some not filed, some not signed by the DA, some not signed by the court clerk-all are necessary. But they all have been missing something else. The Magistrates signature with his indorsement!)

Penal Code 872 (a) States: “If, however, it appears from the examination that a public offense has been committed, and there is sufficient cause to believe that the defendant is guilty, the magistrate shall make or indorse on the complaint an order, signed by him or her, to the following effect: “It appearing to me that the offense in the within complaint mentioned (or any offense, according to the fact, stating generally the nature thereof), has been committed, and that there is sufficient cause to believe that the within named A. B. is guilty, I order that he or she be held to answer to the same.”

Penal codes 738, 739, 872 and 1382 all work in tandem and spell out the proper procedures to follow, and if all the steps are not followed, the ‘fake verified complaint’ is nothing more than mere paper, hearsay, and a fraud upon the court. If you respond or answer to it, then you have accepted it as a verified complaint and just like the NTA, it now has become your charging instrument. DON’T DO IT.

It’s obvious that I will need to research the correct steps for a true verified complaint from legal cites. So stay tuned for near future blog post on that.

Because the Commissioner was taking the ‘verified complaint’ as authentic (because she said it was signed by the DA to the Court Clerk, under penalty of perjury, that it was a Verified Complaint. I had to challenge her and tell her it was a Fraud upon the Court. You can hear in the tape I ticked her off with that (and of course,  the Commissioner is suppose to know more than I, the layman student of due process law). We always really wonder, are they just playing dead or silly stupid, or do they really DON’T KNOW? Which is scarier than ever. propecia cost Is it better they deceive us or be incompetent, remember it’s our due process rights we are talking about. All the California speeding and traffic tickets stuff is just that, but for them to play possum or not know is scary!

I have included the audio/video below, so you can get the feel for the understanding, or shall I say, lack of understanding, of even the courts (or commissioners) position or legal understanding of the penal code, rules of the court, and our the ‘verified complaint’. Now it’s time to Demurr.

The sole function of a demurrer is to challenge the legal sufficiency of a pleading. Blacks Law Dictionary states “that a demurrer is a pleading stating that although the facts alleged in a complaint may be true, they are insufficient for the plaintiff to state a claim for relief and for the defendant to frame an answer”. So it is an answer or type of plea but challenges ‘it’.  In this case the it is the ‘verified complaint’.

 Wikipedia states: A ‘demurrer’ is a pleading in a lawsuit that objects to an earlier pleading filed by an opposing party. The word ‘demur’ means to object; a ‘demurrer’ is the document that makes the objection. Typically, the defendant will demur to the complaint, but it is also possible for plaintiff to demur to an answer. The demurrer challenges the “legal sufficiency” of a claim, cause of action, or defense. If a cause of action in a complaint does not state a cognizable claim or if it does not state all the required elements, then the complaint can be knocked out with a demurrer. A demurrer is filed near the beginning of a case during the pleading phase.

I was not even sure I would receive a verified complaint, and if I had not (also within the 10 days time frame the Commissioner gave the DA from my first court appearance-but they did-halfway) I would have requested a dismissal for ‘non-prosecution’ of my case.

I prepared a demur (general type) with tons of pages and cites, so if I did get one, some DA would have to spend a lot of time to answer it.  Or if he doesn’t then that will be my new request for dismissal!

You have to listen to our banter, the Commissioner and I. She gave the DA 10 days to respond to the demur, and we start our dance about the codes and more importantly the facts and time frames. She sees so many defendants that she cannot keep them straight, and same goes for the facts of my case. She had the facts and steps wrong and I had to reiterate several times the actual occurrence of events.

Penal Code 1006 “Upon the demurrer being filed, (presented in court, upon arraignment) the argument upon the objections presented thereby must be heard immediately, unless for exceptional cause shown, the court shall grant a continuance. Such continuance shall be for no longer time than the ends of justice require, and the court shall enter in its minutes the facts requiring it.”     

I reappear on June 7, 2010 for hopefully my last dance. It is not bad, recurring defendants are first in line, I show up at 8:30 and am gone by 8:45. This Commissioner is the most nice I have had in a long time, versus the bully’s I hear students tell me about who yell at them and talk with contempt and down to the defendants. I love it when they yell at me/us ‘this is an infraction, Sir, you do not get a verified complaint for an infraction. Little do they know when they deal with a caticketbuster student, they do!

Again, I personally have used this on several California speeding tickets and traffic tickets, namely cell phone tickets, commuter lane tickets, red light tickets, red light camera tickets and seat belt tickets. It also works for other California misdemeanors and infractions, almost any administrative type hearing or public infraction. I will pick up with my next court appearance and let you know what happened!

Ronald Cupp PhD

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