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Monday, March 5, 2012

Update on Traffic Court

Relating to the burnt out brake light and crossing the center line alleged offences.

I received the crown prosecutors full disclosure which amounted to the officers hand written notes, which I am not able to talk about.

I arrived to court early and well dressed on the day they asked me to appear. I was fully prepared to defend myself. There is a security checkpoint upon entering the courthouse and they ask you to remove any metal objects you have and to empty your pockets.

I was carrying my Smith and Wesson handcuffs and plopped them in the box, as well as my notes, car keys, etc. The security officer asked me if I was in law enforcement or a security guard. I said no. They asked me if I was in the criminal justice program or if I had any qualifications to carry the hand cuffs. I again said no, I explained that I had them with me in case I was sentenced to go to jail for my $30 ticket that I would prefer to wear my own handcuffs. They made me return the handcuffs and key to my vehicle, which I did.

I went back in and they said I still had the handcuff keys on my key chain. I explained that those were fake cloverleaf handcuff keys and that I had left the real keys in the vehicle.

Anyway. So they let me in and as soon as I saw the 100 person line up I knew I was not going to trial that day. I had forgotten about this step. It was only a notice to appear and not the actual trial. So I waited and waited and finally got to the front of the line and entered a plea of not guilty on both tickets. I explained I was not happy the full disclosure was so empty and did not provide me with the name of officers partner, whom was there during the citation. I explained that I wanted to subpoena the officer as a potential defence witness. They said I would have to do the leg work on my own and that I would be responsible for paying the officer's wages at time and a half.

I likely will not do that. So my trial for the burnt out brake light and the crossing the center line alleged offences will be in a few months.


Sandra Says said...

Haha! I would love to be a fly on the wall of your life! Bringing your own handcuffs .., LMAO!

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