06-04-2012, 08:42 PM
I bathe with candles, flowers, jazz music, and rubber ducky.
Joined: Jun 2008
From: Vancouver, but my heart belongs to Beijing
I Ride: in my wet dreams
Originally Posted by microfunk5
So i decided to fight the ticket myself in Municiple court. What a joke that it. Officer didn't not swear in for my case, nothing was recorded, he had no witnesses show up and his "testimony" was inconsistent with what he filed on his police report. I was found GUILTY!?!?! The judges reason was based on "circumstantial evidence." Basically even though the officer didn't witness the incident it "could have been speed racing" therefore i am guilty. I requested paper work to file an appeal.
After leaving that court before going absolutely nuts, i came home and immediately called a lawyer, Kevin Swanson
, who was highly recommended to me by midvalleybiker.
Kevin and I had trial this morning. The citing police officer (1 of 2 at the scene) and the one witness showed up. They were both questioned. Before being called to the stand to give testimony, we motioned for a dismissal from the judge and it was
The judge said that there was no evidence of Speed racing ORS 811.125
and that it would have been easier to get a careless driving to stick.
What did i learn from this much needed experience?
- Take as many pictures as you can
- Do not talk to police officers
- Municiple Court is an absolute joke
- Most importantly, listen to your fellow bikers on PNWriders and Get a lawyer!
It cost me a lot more money than it should have because i decided to research and fight my case solo.