Motorist Paul Lopez beat a red-light camera ticket in court this summer by simply understanding and exercising his due process rights and presumption of innocence.
This particular ticket involved an allegation of turning right on a red light without making a complete stop. As the website HighwayRobbery.net points out, Many of these red-light camera tickets are issued to motorists who are charged with not making a 'complete stop' before turning right on red. Paul was driving his mom's car, but the ticket was issued to his mom because she was the registered owner of the vehicle. She showed up to court and the judge dismissed it because the driver in the photo was not her, but then the court scanned their records and found that a male was listed as having lived at the same address and mailed another ticket to Paul (I don't know if it's even legal to re-issue a ticket for the same infraction twice).
Paul got the maximum number of extensions, used the discovery process in preparation for the case, and printed out the list of questions from the free site HelpIGotaTicket.com. These are the questions that the defendent will ask the witness (cop) in court during trial. If you use the system's own 'laws' and minutia against them, they will most likely, in my experience, lose. But they're 'law enforcement', after all, so surely they will appreciated it when they're held accountable to their 'laws', right?
Paul recounted his day in court:
"It was dismissed. After a long practice of extending my court dates and being prepared for my defense it came down to a clerical error. I was supposed to go to trial on Friday February 18th but I went in prior and the clerk extended it until Monday May 11th. When I went yesturday the judge wanted to set up a trial date and the sheriff wasn't there. I told him "no" that I was here today and today was my trial date because I had already been arraigned. I asked for it to be dismissed because he didn't show. The judge was pissed and angrily asked me for my paperwork. He said you couldn't extend a trial but the court clerk said that an error had been made. He then told me "I am giving you the benefit of the doubt" case dismissed. It took 11 months and 4 days from the "alleged" infraction and saved me $379.00 plus any traffic school or payment plan fees."
Great work Paul. I hope everyone uses this as yet another lesson and encouragement to fight what I refer to as traffic ticket revenue tyranny.