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MC 101 - Ch 2 (Cop Tricks)

Remember all of their tricks from RoadMaps Day 0.

Remember these...DayDescriptionResolution
Questioning0When you get pulled over, the cop would approach you and ask some or all of the followings:
  • Do you know why I pulled you over ?
  • What's the hurry ?
  • How fast were you going ?
  • You just rolled that stop sign, you know that ?
  • You just did a California rolling stop !
  • You are going 90 MPH ! Let me show you the RADAR gun recorded speed.
Always reply this: "No, Officer, I was driving safely!" We cannot help you if you said something else.
Police Notes0The cop will write down everything you told him, and the Judge will see it. If you told him anything, you cannot change it after we give you a better excuse. So:
  • Do NOT argue, just shut up!
  • Do NOT tell the reason or explain anything, just shut up!
  • Do NOT mention any numbers (MPH), just shut up!
  • What you have done may be very obvious to the cop and yourself, but do NOT admit it!
If you really have to say something, always reply this: "Officer, I was driving safely!" We cannot help you if you said something else.
Denying your request for County Seat0Before you sign the ticket, verbally say, "Can you please assign my case to the County Seat of this County ?". Most cop do not know what that is. Some may pretend they know it but they will not do anything about it. Some know it, but still will not do anything about your request.
So, when you sign the ticket, write "County Seat please" next to your signature. Most cops do not know what that is. Some cops know it and let you keep your writings, but some will cross out your writings except your signature.
There is no resolution to this. However, the cross out lines are evidence that the cop has denied and ignored your request for County Seat.
Witness Requested Continuance130 - 170Officer may request for Continance due to cause at your trial, and the Judge will continue your case at the next trial.Most likely, the Judge will continue your case but you must stop the Judge, and mention that you are taking a day off from work just to attend this trial. Request the Judge to dismiss the case.
The Judge may still continue your case, and at this moment, you must tell the Judge that you will have planned vacation (and, etc.), and you would like the case to be continued after 3+ months (or, the longer the better).
An Incompetent Witness130 - 170
  • Sometimes, an Officer who cited you is too busy to attend the trial. However, he asked his coworker to attend your trial as a witness. Remember that any witnesses at the trial must be the same person at the scene when you were cited.
  • The witness also applies to the red light camera operator. If the operator is not the one who maintain the red light camera for which you were cited, you must object to have such operator to testify at your trial.
You must object to the Judge immediately, and mention that witness was not at the scene when you were cited. And, you must tell the Judge that you would like to cross examine any witnesses. If any witness cannot attend the trial, request the Judge to dismiss the case.
If the Judge insist to continue the case, request the next trial to be 3+ months (or, the longer the better) away by saying that you have planned vacation and etc.
Officer changed your violated VC130 - 170At the beginning of the trial, Officer requests the Judge to change the violated Vehicle Code since he made a mistake. Since you did not prepare for that, it will be a huge disadvantage to your case.You must immediately object to such change pursant to California Code Of Civil Procedure Section 471.5.
The Officer should follow the proper procedures where the Officer must:
  1. File the change of the ticket with the court house
  2. Serve the Defendant (you) with the amended copy of the ticket

If you have never been granted a Continuance, you must tell the Judge that even if the Officer followed the above procedures, your right for Speedy Trial (45 days) will be violated.
Request the Judge to dismiss the case.