NOT RESPONSIBLE/ COMPLETE ACQUITTAL at BENCH TRIAL: SPEEDING – State v. Ms. C (DMC No. 9559) (San Tan Justice Court CT2010-254278): Ms. C was a school bus driver for the Higley School District. As she was transporting kids home, there was a vehicle illegally parked in front of a Fire Hydrant that was also sticking out in the roadway. Ms. C made a turn and apparently the back of her bus scrapped the other car. The incident was reported by one of the children on the bus, as Ms. C was unaware there had been an accident. At Bench Trial, we were able to show the Judge that the other vehicle was illegally parked near the school and had, in essence, placed itself in harm’s way. The Judge agreed and the charge of Failure to Control Speed to Avoid an Accident was Dismissed.
CRIMINAL SPEEDING DISMISSED – State v. Ms. M. (DMC No. 6896) (Ironwood Justice Court TR06-50158CR): Ms. M. was seen driving her BMW at a high rate of speed at State Route 85 at Mile Post 145 near Gila Bend, Arizona. The police officer claimed that he used a radar device and clocked her travelling 105 mph in a 65 mph zone. Ms. M. vehemently denied this claim. We became involved in her case and filed Motions to Compel the “calibration records” of the radar gun. The officer was unable to produce the proper records and we had the entire case dismissed.
CONVICTION SET ASIDE | RECKLESS DRIVING – State v. Ms. K. (DMC No. 10698) (Tempe City Court 2011-028905): Ms. K. had been cited for a DUI which was reduced to a reckless driving. She subsequently completed all classes and probation, and wished to go on to New Jersey in order to teach. We were able to have the court set aside her judgment of guilt, and the complaints against her were dismissed in full.
REDUCED | CRIMINAL SPEEDING CHARGE REDUCED to “civil speeding” ticket – State v. Mr. J. (DMC No. 5011) (White Tank Justice Court TR04-52879CR): Mr. J. was accused of travelling 101 MPH, when he was pulled over on the freeway by a Goodyear Police Department Officer. Due to the officer not appearing for voluntary an interview, we filed Motion for Deposition (a court ordered interview), and the State relented and offered to dismiss the criminal speeding ticket for a simple “civil speeding ticket” and a small fine.
REDUCED | CRIMINAL SPEEDING – (DMC No. 9826) (San Tan Justice Court No. TR2010-154324): Mr. G. was a contractor who had a high level clearance with the Department of Defense, Navy and FBI. Police alleged he was travelling 92 MPH in a 65. Mr. G. could not have a criminal conviction on his record if he wished to keep his clearance in tack, so we were able to challenge the radar gun utilized in his stopped and negotiate a plea to a civil speeding with a $235 fine.
DISMISSED | Criminal Speeding, State v. Mr. H. (DMC No.7214) (Scottsdale City Court No. TR-2007008327): Mr. H. was seen driving by an officer doing 71 mph in a 40 mph zone. It was a Saturday morning and no other people were on the roadway. Because Mr. H. could not afford to have a criminal conviction, it was very important to try to have the case reduced to a civil ticket. We were able to negotiate for Traffic Survival School in exchange for a dismissal of the charge, thereby saving Mr. H.’s license.
Mr. C was accused of traveling 69 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone along Scottsdale Road. He was subsequently cited for Criminal Speeding under Arizona Revised Statute ARS 28-701.02 (A)(2). We later interviewed the Police Officer in order to determine if the “tuning forks” were properly utilized during the calibration of his radar device. He had one for 55 miles per hour, and one for 35 miles per hour. Due to the discrepancies in his calibration of the radar device, we were able to have the criminal ticket reduced to a civil ticket. The Judge then allowed Mr. C to take traffic school, which resulted in a Dismissal of that ticket. Mr. was left with no conviction or points on his record.