1FF it seems that you generally have some type of issue with the advice I give. Read through the thread and take a look at post #37. It seems like maybe my advice helped, I don't know, maybe I'm retarded though or offering bad advice. I'm not going to argue Attorney Costs/Courtroom Procedure/Police Procedure/Legal Defense with you. I do this **** for a living and have been doing it for a while. Unless you have some type of qualifications I don't know about, I don't see how your advice is valid in this case.No offense but this is terrible advice. Its very surprising for an officer none the less.
Most lawyers provide free consultation and what you are paying for is who they know. 9 times out of 10 you won't even see a court room because they will set up a cheap plea deal. Even if you do you aren't going to sit in a court room for hours with a lawyer because cases with representation are moved up to the top of the docket. So you will be in there for 15 minutes tops... Yes, they do cost money but in this case any lawyer worthy hiring will reduce it to a simple misdemeanor speed which will take it from a $500 ticket to a $100 ticket not to mention will keep your rates from going up on your insurance.
As for the comparison to hiding behind a lawyer is downright retarded. Do you pay someone to do your taxes for you? Manage your investments? Cook your food at a restaurant? Pay doctors to do surgery?
Of course you do... Because these people are educated and trained to do that job better than you are capable of doing so in exchange for them doing a better job than you are capable you pay them. Tis is the whole reason people specialize in different fields. Otherwise we would all just do general labor and do everything ourselves. I mean would you expect police officers to fight fires? No because firefighters specialize in that field.
I will tell you straight up, if you are guilty of a traffic offense and you hide behind an Attorney, you are nothing more than a Little Pussy in my mind. Be accountable for your actions. I would have cut the OP a break, that is me. If the Officer is within the confines of the law to write the OP a ticket, then so be it. If you read my earlier advice asking the OP to speak with the Officer before blowing a bunch of money on a guy wearing a suit, carrying a briefcase, it looks like it is going to work out for the OP, which is what I wanted. I don't want to see a 17 year old kid get jammed up for spinning the tires.
Owning up to your mistakes or errors in judgement is the only way to live my man. This wasn't an involved case, and it would be very easy to prove. Lawyers have a place, one being if you are Not Guilty, or another being if the case is too complex for you to understand on your own. Spinning the tires is pretty simple dude, you either did it or you didn't.
In the post you jumped on I was talking to another MM member who also thought my advice was retarded. This member, "always" hired an Attorney to get him off his charges. It sounds like this member wasted a lot of money that could have been spent on mods.
DRIVING IS A PRIVILEGE, NOT A RIGHT. There is a serious lack of accountability in this country. I'm not sure if you have kids, but I will pose a scenerion to you. You live on a quiet street and your young children ride there bikes out in front of your house. A young driver pulls up in a muscle car, bakes the tires, and proceeds to take off at a high rate of speed. You children are scared, crying etc. The driver gets pulled over and ticketed. You go to the trial as a witness. The driver hires an Attorney and sits at the defendant table silently. The Lawyer speaks for him trying to punch holes in a pretty cut and dried case. Maybe he gets him off, maybe he doesn't, you are going to be livid seeing him sit there. On the flip side the driver accepts responsibility on his own for his actions, comes over and apologizes to you and your family and takes his punishment like a man. You are more apt to respect that individual, and that individual is more likely to get the picture and not do it again.