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Went again to open Traffic Court this morning. Up at 6, leave home at 7, hit Starbucks for coffee, then off the open traffic court to start the process to Beat my Stop Sign Ticket. Last month was the circus, had 200 people show up to try and get into court, only about 70 got in and 130 had to leave to come again another day to fight their Traffic Tickets. They had told me I was past all of my extensions for court, but gave me another one anyway to April 27, 2010 (today’s appearance) as it was not our fault the court is too busy to take us in like sheep to the slaughter. Armed with another extension to get to today, I am in line at 7:18, 42 minutes before they open the door. I am already 46th in line and know at least today I will get in to the Commissioner to hear my case regarding my stop sign ticket.

Get in, told to go to Department (that’s court talk for room) 14 by 8:30. Got there and waited with everybody else to get in. I have now heard everybody’s tale of woe; “how it was not their fault, they did not do it, I did it but need leniency, I brought the cigarette butt to show I did not throw it out the car”, and on and on. I love to hear the ‘professional’ goers, who tell everybody what to expect, what to say, and how they know (by several trips there of course!).

Anyway, today was a jewel. I had Commissioner Carla Bonilla, who tried to retire in January (I think). She is someone who cares, someone who listened to the people and their propecia online buy tales of woe, whether they were unemployed, what happened, etc. It was one of the longest court sessions (with a mandatory 15 minute break) I had had for about 30 people.  I was there from 7:18 on, but the court ran me from 8:30 to 11:18.

Commissioner Bonilla explained everything in detail, what the options were, and what she could do for people. And more importantly, she did. Out of my many court appearances (I go for friends and clients and just to watch and learn), who dismissed a couple ‘in the interest of justice’, she constantly gave less fines and penalties when she could within her discrepancy. It was one of the most pleasant experiences I have ever had.

When it was my turn, I handed my written request for a Verified Complaint as I learned from Caticketbusters to the bailff (Sheriff) and it was ignored unless the Commissioner wanted to see it or unless I demand she read it and take it under consideration. I turned on my recorder and she was explaining what my situation was, what the ticket was for, how many points I had on my record and when they could come off, what she could do for me, then what my options were.  It was so good I almost wanted to take it (whatever it was as she is so nice and caring).

But alas, NO, I did my legal stuff. Objected to the Notice to Appear, Requested additional time to plea, and requested a Verified Complaint. She went thru the understandings and misunderstandings of time and that my NTA (notice to appear) is the Verified Complaint, etc., etc.

We obviously have a difference of opinion and I believe her understanding of the Verified Complaint and some of the Time Limites are off, but did not care. (I had just studied the Judges Bench Guide and the Court Procedures, and  the Penal Codes that apply-supplied by CaTicketBusters.com, so I felt ready. I got what I wanted, my three items were on the record and I was set to return May 17, 8:30 am and I don’t have to wait in line for all the schedules. Whew! In any event, its like a chess game, only I know the next possible moves and my counter moves to their moves! (are you dizzy yet).

Long story short, got my legal chess game on the board in 2 1/2 hours, and set for hopeful dismissal on May 17th.

Ronald Cupp PhD

Your Advocate

Maybe you ran that red light. Maybe you didn’t. Maybe there was a sign back there when you made your U-turn. Or maybe there was a stop sign that you accidently

"Do you know why I pulled you over?"

drove right through. No matter what happened, you have a cop car behind you with its lights on, and the first thing you think of is, “how much is this going to cost me?”   Next thought should be,  “Can I fight and beat  this traffic ticket?”

propecia buy online class=”MsoNormal”>Everyone makes mistakes, and if you learn how to graciously accept a traffic ticket in the state of California, you can help increase your chances of fighting–and beating–the traffic ticket outside, or inside, of court. But when you’re getting pulled over, there are a few things to consider and do in order to remain calm and decrease the level of stress of the situation. Getting a traffic ticket in California might be stressful, let alone embarrassing, but by staying calm and being respectful of the police officer, you can help defuse the situation, create a calming conversation with the officer, and can help you stay focused on the incident in order to recall it later.

First, when the officer asks you why you are being pulled over, it is proper to answer politely that you do not know. You don’t want to admit any guilt over the situation, and you want be polite, calm and rational with the officer at all times during the interaction.

When the officer hands you your traffic ticket, don’t just set it on your passenger seat and drive off on your merry little way. Instead, make sure to take a moment to look it over. Make sure that the information on the traffic ticket is accurate. If there is a mistake, it’s a good idea to ask–politely–for the officer to make the proper corrections. By making these changes now, it can only help you later on down the road in court, not hurt you.

Look closely at your ticket

When you get home, it’s important to read the information in detail on the traffic ticket, research online any terms that you do not understand or find more information about the offense you were charged for, and get all your information together in one spot so it is easy to find when you start pursuing the traffic ticket in court.

If you are prepared with your information before, during, and after the incident and receipt of the traffic ticket, you will find that fighting and beating the traffic ticket will be easier and in some cases, a lot less stressful than you initially think it may be.

Ronald Cupp PhD

Your Advocate

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Click It or Ticket It Seat Belt Campaign

Whether you do it or not when you get into the car, studies have shown that wearing your seatbelt can increase your chances of surviving a car crash. Especially when it comes to children who need booster seats or car seats while the vehicle is in motion. But understanding the Click It or Ticket law in California, and understanding its importance, may just make you more aware of driving off with your seat belt on.  Wearing your seat belt will keep you from getting  a seat belt ticket.

In the state of California, you can receive a seat belt ticket strictly for not wearing one, or for not properly buckling in any children in the vehicle under the age of 16. The fines for not wearing a seat belt in the state of California will run you almost $90 for the first offense, and over $200 for the second. If you are pulled over and you have children under the age of 16 that are not properly secured with a safety belt, you will be fined almost $350 for the first offense and over $800 for your second. The state of California strictly encourages everyone in a moving vehicle to be wearing a seatbelt, not just to avoid receiving a seat belt ticket and fine, but for the safety for everyone on the road.

The Click It or Ticket campaign has proven to be an effective campaign used nationally to create a better awareness of seat belt use. The driver of the moving vehicle is responsible for the seat belt use of everyone in their car, so it is important to know that you could be fined for your passengers not wearing THEIR seat belts while the car is in motion. So it is very important that everyone is wearing their seat belt, or their failure to comply will be your responsibility when you receive a ticket for everyone in the car.

California’s Mandatory Seat Belt Law involves any passenger vehicle, truck tractor, motor truck or farm labor vehicle. The law, however, buy propecia online does not apply to motorcycles. There are specific rules for limo drivers and taxicabs in regards to the security of their passengers, and can be further investigated under California’s Mandatory Seat Belt Law, Section 27315.

Whether you like them or not, seat belts are there for your own personal safety. If you’re not a fan of wearing it, you may not only be facing a hefty fine from a police

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officer, but you can also lose your life due to failure to comply with California’s Seat Belt Law. If you have a child that needs to use a car seat or booster seat but you are unable to afford one (they can be pricey!), you can contact the California county health department to obtain an infant car seat or booster seat for your child if you fall within the low-income range. Even so, there is no excuse not to have your child–and yourself–secured with a seat belt while your car is moving. Buckling up is simply good common sense.  If not, you can fight and beat that seat belt ticket!

Ronald Cupp PhD

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These days, we’re always in a rush to get somewhere. And something as simple as making a full stop at a stop sign may escape us. We typically don’t realize we’ve done it

You didn't stop at that stop sign back there....

until after we see the police car behind us with its lights on. As quickly as you slid through that intersection, a cop is right on your tail, ready to write you up a stop sign ticket violation in your sunny state of California.

But don’t fear–there IS a way to fight and beat that stop sign traffic ticket, outside or inside of the courtroom.

First off, it’s important to be respectful and polite with the police officer that pulls you over. Don’t admit fault, don’t admit guilt, and be sure that the police officer doesn’t make any mistakes on your stop sign ticket. If he does, just politely point out the error and ask him if he could correct it. This can make or break you if the issue ever continues on in court.

There are a few different defenses that you could employ when trying to defend your stop sign ticket. If the stop sign has not always been at that location and has been just recently installed at that intersection, you could us that as a defense–that you’ve driven by that intersection a number of times, and that it hasn’t been there until recently. You could also prove that the incident was a “mistake of fact” in order to have your stop sign ticket dismissed in its entirety. So say, perhaps, that there were markings that were worn away at the intersection. Depending on the weather, you could say that the stop sign line was not visible due to the darkness or the rain, or that the lines were not clear and reflective enough. Or perhaps there was an overgrown bush near the stop sign that may have obstructed the view of the sign itself. This could also be considered when fighting your stop sign ticket.

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Another defense that you can use is by proving that the police officer was not in a good location by the stop sign in order to clearly and accurately see the situation that occurred. You could also use the defense that your conduct was legally justified and was made in order to avoid harm to you or others. This would be the case if you were swerving to avoid an accident and perhaps ran a stop sign because you were distracted and shook up from the incident. In addition to using “mistake of fact” as a defense for the ticket, you may be able to use some of these other attempts in order to fight your stop sign ticket in the state of California.

Just remember that when it comes to stop sign tickets, there are many different ways you can defend yourself when forced to fight it in the courtroom in front of a judge. But if you are prepared and have your resources together, you may be able to successfully fight the stop sign ticket in order to have it dismissed altogether.  Fight and Beat your Stop Sign Ticket!

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There are other times when you can utilize the commute lane without getting a ticket. Commute lanes, otherwise known as carpool lanes or HOV (High Occupancy buying online propecia Vehicles) lanes, are lanes designated on freeways specifically for certain vehicle specifications. When can you drive in a commute lane? Commute lanes vary depending on the county, but as a general rule of the road, you can drive in the carpool lane if you have two or more people in your vehicle. If you are driving a bus or are on a motorcycle, you may also use the special freeway lane.  If you have a low-emission vehicle, one that is better for the environment to drive, you can receive a sticker from the Department of Motor Vehicles that designates your car as such. You can drive your car in the commute lane if your car boasts this special DMV-issued sticker.Some commute lanes also have posted times in which they can or cannot be used. Be sure to pay attention to signs on the road stating such specifications in order to avoid getting a commute lane ticket on your California driving record!

Also, commute lanes also designate certain areas where you can enter and exit the lane. Be sure to not cross over any double parallel solid lines in order to get on or off the carpool lane–there will be specific areas marked as areas safe to exit and enter. By not following the rules of the road when it comes to commute lanes, you may risk getting a commute lane ticket from the California police.

If you end up being faced with a commute lane ticket due to not following the posted rules provided regarding the carpool lane, there are a few things to remember. When you are pulled over, quickly make note of the conditions around you. Was there an unforeseen circumstance that caused you to make an error while using the commute lane? Was weather affecting your driving? Or perhaps you crossed into the commute lane due to the reckless driving of another driver on the road, and you were just driving defensively. Make sure you take note of any situations that may have been the reason for you not abiding the rules of the road.

Be sure to be polite and respectful to the police officer that pulls you over. Never admit guilt or fault, and let the police officer do his job without being too disruptive or making excuses for the incident. Also, ensure that the ticket you receive is error-free. If there is an error on your commute ticket, be sure to kindly point it out to the police officer for correction–such an error can cause some problems if you ever end up going to court to contest the commute ticket.

Once the police officer has left the scene, write down the conditions around you that you made a mental note of in order to solidify them for contesting your commute lane ticket down the road. Keep all the information regarding your ticket together in one spot, so you can easily access the information and utilize it in the best way possible to help you fight and BEAT your commute lane ticket in the state of California!

Ronald Cupp PhD

Your Advocate


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