Monday, November 10, 2008

La la la..what?!...Oh crap...........

I love how when you're having a pretty decent day, getting things accomplished, driving down the street and then BAM a cop comes out of the blue with you in his sights. Your heart jumps, blood racing and maybe even a little pee sneaks its way out and there you go, your day/week is ruined. Of course this is not your first ticket, you've already done traffic school within the last 18 months and your insurance rate has already gone up once. You've been to the courthouse before, standing in that line, listening to all the crazys yelling at the person behind the counter about how its not their fault and how (after 10 minutes of not getting the answer they want) they ask to speak to the manager or someone of higher ranking in charge. Then you get to the front of the line, pay the bail fee of the ticket (which is never a small amount of money) and schedule a court date to try to fight the injustice sentenced upon you. The court date arrives, you find some dear soul to watch your children because there is no way you can take two little ones into a court house and ask them to sit silently for what could be up to 3 hours of the most boring awkwardness. And then there you are, standing in line with your pie charts, pictures and graphs, hoping that the judge behind the podium will see all the time and effort you put into your case and let you off with a warning to be more careful next time. If only warnings were given out more freely like "have a nice day's" or "hello, how are you's". So, there it is. My experience with law enforcement and city officials. Let's just hope my judge is having an awesome day and agrees with everything I say, thus saving my bank account, driving record and confidence in a just world. Amen

4 comments:

Pam said...

when i lived in portland, i got a ticket and the cop (or someone, can't remember) told me if i took my cute little kids to court the judge might soften up a bit. it worked somewhat, he cut the fee in half. might be worth a shot!

Arianne said...

Always fight it! I had just pulled into the parking lot at Target and was waiting for a car to back out to park in the spot. I took off my seatbelt, and within 5 seconds, a cop walks up to my car and proceeds to give me a ticket! I tried to explain that I had only taken it off a few minutes before, but he wasn't having it. Needless to say, I requested "Trial By Declaration" and I wrote up why I shouldn't get the ticket and what do you know...they took my side and the ticket was cancelled and my money was refunded!

So I HIGHLY recommend that you request "Trial By Declaration" instead of going in person. Courts look on this more favorably, plus you don't have to find babysitters and can take the time to write up a GOOD defense.

Reagan said...

Uuukkk, I got sick to my stomach just reading this! I feel so bad for you, honestly I'm going to pray for you because that stinks! We just got finished dealing with legal stuff too, but it was ridiculous because it was a ticket for not having insurance when we HAVE insurance. Our insurance company messed up and didn't report it, so it didn't show on the police files. It was dismissed after all the proof, but was a hassle. I feel for ya!

xcdenke said...

I'll give you another AMEN sister! Why is the world so unjust? You must have been doing something bad if you got pulled over in CA. They never pull people over. Naughty!