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      10-15-2013, 08:08 PM   #1
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Exclamation Finally had my Court Date for VA Speeding Tic.....

So after much bitching and complaining and looking for answers from other members I just decided to go down there and see what happens....sans Lawyer.

I couldn't believe what happened. I was at the courthouse in Eastville, VA my appearance was at 10am.....I live in PA and this part of VA was about 3.5-4 hours away, I know long ride for Court. I waited there til about 1-2pm before the Judge even saw me. But before that I was outside, saw the Cop who Cited me and I started talking to him and he was cool, older man about 55-60 years old, I told him I wasn't really there to dispute anything, just hoping to get the points taken care of, and figured I would pay a fine. He said and I quote "Don't worry, you'll be fine." I just assumed he agreed with what my line of thinking was.

I'm waiting in the courtroom for about 4 hours plus and I'm seeing the Judge just bone people left and right, one guy got a Reckless Driving citation and the Judge said "$800 fine and 90 day suspension of your License" WHAT??? So I knew I didn't have a reckless but only 3mph away and he was still handing out like $350 fines. I figured this wasn't gonna end well at all.

So my name is called, I go up to the bench and I'm about to be sworn in and the older cop who Cited me said, "Wait you Honor, my Laser wasn't properly calibrated at the time"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Judge goes "CASE DISMISSED". NO Points, NO Fines and didn't pay any Lawyers for anything. Sometimes things work out and good thing I spoke to him beforehand, but still couldn't believe he did that. THANK YOU. only thing I'm out is about $70 for gas and food, didn't count my time into that tho hahaha. Thanks for the help to all the members who replied and sent me emails and shared their stories. Sorry for the long build up but damn, I couldn't wait to tell the story!
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      10-15-2013, 10:03 PM   #2
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So after much bitching and complaining and looking for answers from other members I just decided to go down there and see what happens....sans Lawyer.

I couldn't believe what happened. I was at the courthouse in Eastville, VA my appearance was at 10am.....I live in PA and this part of VA was about 3.5-4 hours away, I know long ride for Court. I waited there til about 1-2pm before the Judge even saw me. But before that I was outside, saw the Cop who Cited me and I started talking to him and he was cool, older man about 55-60 years old, I told him I wasn't really there to dispute anything, just hoping to get the points taken care of, and figured I would pay a fine. He said and I quote "Don't worry, you'll be fine." I just assumed he agreed with what my line of thinking was.

I'm waiting in the courtroom for about 4 hours plus and I'm seeing the Judge just bone people left and right, one guy got a Reckless Driving citation and the Judge said "$800 fine and 90 day suspension of your License" WHAT??? So I knew I didn't have a reckless but only 3mph away and he was still handing out like $350 fines. I figured this wasn't gonna end well at all.

So my name is called, I go up to the bench and I'm about to be sworn in and the older cop who Cited me said, "Wait you Honor, my Laser wasn't properly calibrated at the time"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Judge goes "CASE DISMISSED". NO Points, NO Fines and didn't pay any Lawyers for anything. Sometimes things work out and good thing I spoke to him beforehand, but still couldn't believe he did that. THANK YOU. only thing I'm out is about $70 for gas and food, didn't count my time into that tho hahaha. Thanks for the help to all the members who replied and sent me emails and shared their stories. Sorry for the long build up but damn, I couldn't wait to tell the story!
Luckyyyyyy. Va doesn't play.
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      10-15-2013, 10:24 PM   #3
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      10-15-2013, 10:27 PM   #4
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hmm interesting.
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      10-15-2013, 10:29 PM   #5
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You've finally found the one traffic cop in northern VA that isn't an asshole
Too bad he's about to retire
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      10-15-2013, 10:31 PM   #6
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something else may have been involved?
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something else may have been involved?
maybe he blew so hard, he blew off the radar gun's calibration

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I would have taken that guy out for lunch afterward... or at least coffee and a donut! What a nice guy!!!!
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lacky guy. Great story.
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Great result.
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I keep telling you guys, LEOs aren't bad people . . . .
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Is this really being written from a jail cell and you are too embarrassed to tell us you got hose after wasting time to go to the court date?
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Is this really being written from a jail cell and you are too embarrassed to tell us you got hose after wasting time to go to the court date?
**crickets**
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Hey guys thanks for the posts. Yeah I couldn't actually believe he did that. He had other cases still going so I didn't really get a chance to thank him or talk to him. The way it was working, cause they were running behind in court, was they would call the officers name and people would raise their hand if that was the officer who cited them and one by one we went up. For my time frame alone there was like 6 troopers and each had like 30 citations each. Granted not everyone showed up, and some were pre-trial guilty please so that made things a little faster.

But I have learned my lesson, no speeding in VA. Drove the speed limit out of VA and did only about 5-10 over in states that I know have a little leeway with the speeds. I would post the guys name but don't want him to get in any trouble, but if you get pulled over by a VA Trooper anywhere in Northampton County just be respectful and who knows. I was just happy everything got dismissed and at that point the trip was well worth it.
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OMG!
You've finally found the one traffic cop in northern VA that isn't an asshole
Too bad he's about to retire
Exactly, the other officer's there were much younger so I doubt he'll be out there for too much longer but you never know.
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And yet people bash cops.
hahaha. I hear you. I have a few friends that are cops, granted they can't really help me out with anything unless I'm on my home turf. I just never understood when people would get pulled over and yell and talk shit to the cop, just be respectful and if you want to argue wait for Court. Yelling at the cop just gonna make it worse. I never got why people "hate" cops and stuff, I mean unless your a full time criminal there's no reason. Sure there's some asshole cops out there but a majority of them are just good people working a job. Plus I've been pulled over many times for doing a lot of different things and it really does depend on how you treat the cop, his/her mood and just the situation in general. I'm on 9 out of 10 winning streak, technically 10 for 10 since this last Citation got dismissed. But most of the time I never even got a Citation, just a "Verbal Warning". So you never know so there's no point in bashing them and being a dick when just being civil helps out a ton.
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Wow man, good to hear. Definitely think your whole good attitude in dealing with the cop paid off...
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Good to hear it worked out for you
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