Traffic, show me the law.
One of my associates (Bob) lived in a military camp and the neighboring small town cops were constantly using the new recruits as easy picking for the smallest traffic issues.
The officer claimed Bob was driving recklessly when the truth is his car was running poorly and he had to pump the accelerator just to limp it home which caused the tires to act jerky.
He gets the ticket then notices that no violation statute number was on the citation, it just said ‘reckless driving’.
Bob, age 18, went to his arraignment and told the judge before he pleas that he wishes to see the written law he is charged under.
The judge pretended to act like he was seeing a written law in the book before him.
Bod asked to personally see it.
Then after a long search the judge admitted he could not find a specific ‘reckless driving’ statute and the case was dismissed.
Comment – Go to the original ‘Floor Bill‘ debate records where the specific statute you are charged with, it is likely that your activity does not exist in the texts.
Example – failure to use a turn-signal in my jurisdiction 300 feet before you turn does not apply on roads with a speed limit under 55 MPH, yet they use it to write tickets daily in city traffic where the speed limit is under 45MPH.
Always challenge all elements of the crime, personal, subject matter, and territorial, jurisdiction. Lawyer Hansen – pauljjhansenLAW@gmail.com