A very unusual (or not?) day in traffic court

Discussion in 'Ask A Cop' started by RJJ, Oct 13, 2016.

  1. RJJ

    RJJ New Member

    Hello everyone!
    Hoping for some insights into something that happened to me recently, along with a whole bunch of other people.
    Earlier this year I got a pretty fat speeding ticket up on the Maine Turnpike. I was going about 85 in a 70 and yes I was as guilty as hell.

    But I did decide to appeal it -- why not, right? I have an otherwise perfect driving record of well over 20 years, and while obviously this is partly because I've managed to not get caught, I am generally pretty careful out there. I was hauling ass that day trying to make an appointment. In any case, totally guilty but I appealed, with the plan of just being nice and asking for leniency given my record.

    My case came up late last month. Myself and probably 60 other people's cases were scheduled to be heard during the court session. But then the judge said that a couple of troopers involved were no longer with the department and couldn't appear. He read off about 20 defendants' names, and said their cases were dismissed.

    I was not one of them. But then a number of other troopers went outside the courtroom and started calling out other people one by one, and telling them their case was dismissed. I was one of these people. The trooper calls my name, he simply says "I'm dismissing your case." I was so stunned I just said thank you and left. Why question him as to the rationale right?

    I seriously think they may have dismissed almost every case without even bothering to have a discussion. I understand that hearing all those cases would take all day, but why would they leave all that revenue on the table especially when we were probably all guilty?

    I know - don't look a gift horse in the mouth. But still I'm curious. Any members have insight into what this was all about? Thanks!
  2. Hush

    Hush Moderator Staff Member

    Could be a number of reasons....but a good illustration of why you should ALWAYS appeal.

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  3. Fuzzywuzzy

    Fuzzywuzzy MassCops Member

    I've only done that a few times. I had a "block hearing" day once due to a ticket binge I was on. I withdrew the citation because I could absolutely not remember citing the guy because it was a vanilla, boring stop where he was one of many that day. The guy I ticketed the same afternoon that told me to go blow his dog...well I remembered every detail and he was Guilty of the charge, of course.
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  4. niteowl1970

    niteowl1970 Moderator Staff Member

    You should appeal the dismissal. How dare he deny you your day in court.

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  5. pahapoika

    pahapoika Subscribing Member

    You got your " bite of the apple"
    be happy and move on.
  6. mtc

    mtc High Priestess Staff Member

    Strikes me as some kind of job action...
    I hope you thanked him and will slow your roll a bit.
    (And stay outta my left lane! Capiche??)
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  7. RJJ

    RJJ New Member

    Unnecessary reply.
  8. Goose

    Goose The list is long but distinguished. Staff Member

    No, it was good for a laugh.
  9. Crazy Otto

    Crazy Otto Working for the clampdown

    Elaborate please.
  10. mtc

    mtc High Priestess Staff Member

    It was freakin' hysterical !! Lighten up Francis !
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