- Series: Fight Your Ticket & Win in California
- Paperback: 474 pages
- Publisher: NOLO; 14 edition (August 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1413313965
- ISBN-13: 978-1413313963
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Written in accessible lay language, this book is packed with practical information every driver should keep a copy of it.
_____________________________ -- Agatha Hoff, Traffic Court Referee
clear, thick and comprehensive manual to help Californian beat what he or she perceives as a bum traffic rap. -- Sacramento Bee
Fight Your Ticket can be a proverbial sling to help David fell Goliath. -- Monterey Herald
a surprisingly easy read the book is a top-notch primer. -- Autoweek --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
David Brown practices law in the Monterey, California area, where he has represented both landlords and tenants in hundreds of court cases -- most of which he felt could have been avoided if both sides were more fully informed about landlord/tenant law. Brown, a graduate of Stanford University (chemistry) and the University of Santa Clara Law School, also teaches law at the Monterey College of Law and is the author of Fight Your Ticket (CA version), Beat Your Ticket (the national version), The Landlord's Law Book, Vol. 1: Rights and Responsibilities; The Landlord's Law Book, Vol. 2: Evictions and co-author of How to Change Your Name in California and The Guardianship Book for California.
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Note: I am still slightly bitter about this case, so excuse some of my snappy language.
I was stopped by this cop named Brian Millan in LA (if this jerk gives you a ticket, you better prepare because he will most likely show up- there were 3 other people fighting a ticket against him the day I showed up). He gave me a speeding ticket and then zoomed off with his pretentious little motorcycle. After arraignment, I filed my discovery papers and got no response from the other side. On the day of my trial, they gave us time to "talk" to the police officers that showed up before the cases began. Basically, this is where the cop advises you to plead guilty and say that you're pretty much screwed otherwise. This is where I made my fatal error. I shouldn't have gone up to see the cop. He told me that the traffic survey was up-to-date, and he had his certificates from his laser training. Most of the other defendants heard this and just decided to plead guilty. He offered to show us the survey and the certificates. Since the other people decided they were going to plead guilty, they declined the offer. However, I told him that I wanted to see it. He then proceeded to make a big show of searching through his unorganized papers to find it, but by then, he and I both knew full well that he didn't have it with him. He then told me that he had to go to his motorocycle to get the papers. When he came back, he spent the rest of the time searching for the traffic survey (they keep it in this huge drawer in the courtroom). He clearly was not prepared to fight the case. However, my last name is toward the end of the alphabet, so once he realized I was going to fight, he had plenty of time to look for the materials that he needed. When I objected to the traffic survey being introduced, the judge gave me some BS about how it's a public record and that I could've gotten it beforehand. In the end, I lost the case, but I'm not surprised since it's obvious they're just out to get your money. Since 50% of the officers didn't show up and the cases were dismissed, they had to find everyone that showed up guilty. It's a pretty screwed up system. I asked the judge if I could have traffic school, but the jerk officer objected to this request (most likely out of spite since I decided to fight him), knowing full well that I am a college student who comes from a low income family. This is what angered me the most. Officer Melon (oh, I'm sorry- I mean Millan) was too busy sitting his fat behind on his high horse to be considerate to anyone else. In the end, my ticket cost me $400 dollars, and I spent a lot of time prepping for this case.
Here is my advice. Use it at your own discretion!
1) If they give you time to speak to the officer beforehand, don't do it. You won't get much out of it. The officer will most likely advise you to plead guilty, and he is just trying to see if you are prepared or not. Don't speak to him until the trial because he can use your words against you later.
2) Don't act like you are prepared because then the officer will search for the papers and prep his case. The cop that ticketed me was obviously unprepared until he realized that I was going to fight. I would advise sitting there and pretending like you don't know anything. Then, when the time comes for your case, lay it on them. They won't be prepared, and by then, it would be too late.
3) This advice is just for people who got ticketed somewhere on Sunset Blvd. The traffic survey was done (if I remember correctly) sometime in May of 2007. In 3 more months, that would mean that the survey is out of date (more than 7 years). If anyone gets a ticket from now until then, make sure you check the date on the traffic survey if they do decide to use it against you in court. Also, make sure that it is an official survey. I forgot to check on that while I was at the trial.
4) Get your informal discovery request papers out soon after you get ticketed. I waited for a while before I sent out my papers, and I didn't have a lot of time before my trial.
5) I would encourage everyone to fight against their tickets, but it's good to keep a few things in mind. If you go against the officer, he may, out of spite, refuse to give you a chance to go to traffic school (this happened in my case). Also, this process will take a lot of time and effort. That's why most people just decide to pay for the ticket, even if it was wrongfully given.
6) Buy this book on hard copy. I bought it off of kindle, and the forms were slightly hard to copy over. Plus, it's helpful to have the book with you in court, I think.
Anyway, I hope this review can help someone else. There's nothing I can do about my case anymore, but YOU still can for your case. Good luck, and I REALLY hope everyone else wins. I would definitely recommend buying this book to start the fight. (:
All that I just said applies to RADAR, but I'm not 100% sure if it applies to a cop pacing you as well. I think it does but I can't guarantee it. But if on a 2 lane road and going over 55....or a 4 lane and going over 65 then you are S.O.L. and none of what I said matters....EXCEPT maybe you can get the fine lowered or keep you from getting a reckless driving ticket. Say you were going 75 in a 35 on a 4 lane road. 40 over will probably get you a reckless driving ticket if the cop so chooses (at his digression). Well if there's not an E&TS then the limit is 65 MPH and you were actually only going 10 MPH over. SO not only did you drop your fine WAAAY down but also kept a reckless driving conviction, which is a misdemeanor, from happening.
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