Remember when you were a kid or young adult and police officers seemed nice? Yes of course. Of course, we were taught that the only reason to have police officers was to “protect and serve” the communities they patrolled. There was no reason not to trust that they would do just that. Elementary school administrators told us, “If you ever have problems, always go to a police officer for help.” Cops were almost always portrayed in movies and on the news as the good guys who came riding to save the day at the last minute.
Guy! Those were the days. Now, with the daily or almost daily reports on the bad situation of the police officers for numerous atrocious acts, it sure makes you miss the days when you felt safe in their presence. In addition to recent news of violence by law enforcement, the reasons for this change are numerous and I am not sure they are all clearly definable.
The media saturation of such negative events is undoubtedly the biggest culprit for imbuing a large part of the population not only with unfavorable opinions, but also with frank outrage towards the application of the law in general. The media allows almost all tragic events, especially those that are super sensational, to be broadcast to our televisions, radios, smartphones, and computers, sometimes in a matter of minutes, thus inundating others with these often horrific events. It makes it difficult to discern if there are more of these events occurring or if they are simply the subject of increased scrutiny. I’m certainly not “blaming” the media in general, but I do marvel at the seemingly endless thirst for frankly sensational journalism.
The media is just one aspect that has contributed to what appears to be a growing state of confrontation between law enforcement and many citizens. It appears that years ago when a police officer pulled over a driver, there was a level of nervousness that occurred because officers were viewed as authority figures and no one likes to “get in trouble” with authority figures. These days most drivers still experience jitters, but it’s more likely because they don’t know if one of these rogue cops we hear about so often is pulling them over, hence they fear a simple stop. traffic turn into something. much more serious.
This dispute is surely felt on both sides. With all the national attention that has been directed at law enforcement agencies in nearly every state, it is only natural that, for the most part, they close ranks. This could explain the unfriendly behavior that drivers encounter when pulled over for a simple traffic stop. Of course, dealing with one excuse after another all day about why drivers are committing the infractions they commit could also be a factor. As the saying goes, there is nothing new under the sun, and that is true of the reasons why cops hear from drivers who have broken the law. It is understandable how this can make an officer tired after being on the job for a while.
The police violence that has been reported lately, and the us versus them mentality that often grows over time with certain police officers, makes it more important than ever that, if you are arrested, you follow all the directives of the police officer. Rather than following their instructions, don’t forget that now is a good time to remember your manners. Be polite, be concise, but don’t fool yourself into a traffic ticket by being argumentative or mischievous. Please NEVER answer questions like, “Do you know why I stopped you?” because you can end up condemning yourself with a simple and innocent answer. You should try to keep in mind that the chances of you getting away with a traffic ticket are slim or nil.
If you are issued a traffic ticket, regardless of the offense you are charged with, say thank you. Be very careful when you go out to make sure you do it safely and slowly. Kicking gravel or recklessly returning to traffic will only give you one reason to stop again and issue another traffic ticket. It can be difficult not to respond aggressively, especially if you don’t think the fine is justified, but the last thing you should do is make your situation worse.
Receiving a traffic ticket is never a planned event, so no one is necessarily prepared when you are stopped. Certainly no one anticipates the hassle that will arise from this event. In all the years that I have been a traffic ticket attorney, I have never heard a single recipient of a traffic ticket say, “You know, I was expecting this, so I’ve saved several hundred dollars to pay for fines, court costs, and the increase. of the insurance rates that I am surely facing. “
Although fines and penalties can vary widely, moving violations are always costly. This makes it difficult for some people to understand why they should add the expense of hiring a traffic ticket attorney to something that can be as expensive as traffic tickets. The answer is simple, especially if you are one of those drivers who gets traffic tickets quite frequently, or worse yet, you are one of those drivers who has a hard time accepting you graciously.
The costs of multiple traffic tickets tend to add up quickly; therefore, they tend to outweigh the cost of traffic ticket attorney fees. This is usually a fairly inexpensive flat fee for many violations. Also, if you are one of those who is outraged when you receive a traffic citation, it is very likely that the officer will remember your face and the traffic stop when you appear in court. The better he remembers you, the more likely he will be able to prove his case against you.
Let’s face it, most of the time the deck is already against you when you go to court to fight a traffic ticket. What better way to try to beat those odds than to have an experienced traffic ticket attorney on your corner? If you have received a traffic ticket for any type of violation, please call us at 954-967-9888 for a free consultation.