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Category Archives: 16G Drag Racing / Racing on Highway Victories

DRAG RACING and ENDANGERMENT REDUCED to RECKLESS DRIVING with 2 DAYS in JAIL – State v. Mr. S (DMC No. 8126) (Scottsdale City Court TR2008-008525): Officers were in Scottsdale near the “Flickas” bar at Scottsdale Road and Indian School. They had observed 3 vehicles racing at 90 miles per hour down Scottsdale Road, and then they were seen again racing down McDowell Road. Only Mr. S’s vehicle was pulled over, and Mr. S’s passenger stated that they were going 120 miles per hour. Mr. S was then arrested and taken into custody.

We were able to convince the Prosecutor that because there were no admission by Mr. S, and the fact that his passenger might be unwilling to cooperate, they offered a much lower Reckless Driving charge with 2 days in jail. If Mr. S had been convicted of the Endangerment and Drag Racing, he would have lost his license for over a year. He would have also been subjected to potentially 1 year in jail.

RACING ON THE HIGHWAY REDUCED to A SPEEDING TICKET- State v. Mr. I (DMC No. 7567) (Prescott Justice Court No. 2007-090598J): Mr. I was accused of drag racing his brother in separate vehicles in between Prescott and Sedona. In reality, Mr. I was in his wife’s new Volkswagen, and he had never driven it before. The reason Mr. I pulled up next to his brother, was to roll down the window and ask him how to get the highway, because his wife did not have GPS. Mr. I then accelerated and went in front of his brother once he got his answer. An Officer had been following closely behind and mistook their actions as Drag Racing. We were able to convince the Prosecutor to knock it down to a simple Speeding Ticket, rather than a criminal infraction. This was important because Mr. I was in the United States on a Student Visa.

DRAG RACING REDUCED to SPEEDING TICKET – State v. Mr. I. (DMC No. 7554) (Prescott Justice Court 2007-090599J): Mr. I. was travelling to Prescott with his wife in a car, and his brother was travelling with his own wife in another vehicle ahead of him.  Mr. I. sped up and rolled down his window in order to pull up alongside his brother to ask directions.  An officer saw this maneuver, and construed this to be “drag racing”, and charged both brothers.  We were able to show the Yavapai County prosecutor that this was not racing, and that the witnesses would all state that it was merely to ask for directions.  They reduced the charge to simple speeding ticket with a small fine.  Mr. I. was left with no criminal record.

REDUCED | RECKLESS DRIVING/RACING REDUCED to “speeding” ticket – State v. Mr. L. (DMC No. 10741) (Scottsdale City Court TR-2012013187): Mr. L was seen southbound on 82nd Street leaving a Circle K parking lot.   He was accused of “peeling out”, and fishtailing as he accelerated rapidly out of the store.  The officer cited him with “reckless driving”, exhibition of speed/racing, and improper left turn.  They presented ariel photographs of the area (through Google Earth) and also explained that nobody was actually put in harm’s way.  In addition, Mr. L. drove a powerful car that would often squeal its tires at a light touch on the gas pedal.  The prosecutor agreed to dismiss the “reckless driving” and “racing” tickets in exchange for a simple “speeding ticket” and small fine.

REDUCED | RACING ON ROADWAY REDUCED to “speeding” ticket with zero days jail – State v. Mr. S. (DMC No. 6623) (Peoria City Court TR2006-004458): A Peoria Police Officer claimed that he was at 8200 W. Paradise Lane when he heard two motorcycles revving their engines and driving on the roadway in excess of the 35 MPH speed limit. When he activated his lights, one motorcycle “popped a wheelie” and fled.  Mr. S. was obeying traffic laws and he pulled over properly.  We explained to the prosecutor that Mr. S. was not racing, and it was actually the other motorcyclist who was behaving dangerously.  Mr. S. did not know the other motorcyclist, and the prosecutor agreed to reduce the “racing on roadway” ticket down to a “speeding” ticket.  This saved Mr. S. from his license from being suspended.

DISMISSED | DRAG RACING DISMISSED – State v. Mr. F. (DMC No. 6005) (University Lakes Justice Court TR05-50712): A Maricopa County Sherriff’s Officer alleged that while working a DUI Task Force he observed two vehicle’s racing on Broadway Road.  He pulled over Mr. F. and claimed that he was drag racing with another car.  Mr. F. vehemently denied this charge.  We were able to convince the prosecutor that he may have been travelling fast, but he was not actively racing anybody.  All charges were dismissed.

REDUCED | DRAG RACING (while on probation) REDUCED to “speeding” ticket – State v. Mr. O. (DMC No. 4561) (Maricopa County Juvenile Court JV-537357): Mr. O. has been in front of the juvenile court system 4 previous times for traffic offenses prior to being charged with drag racing.  He was currently on probation for one of his prior charges when he came to see us.  We were able to convince the prosecutor to offer a reduced charge of a “speeding” ticket with some community service hours.  Mr. O. would have received enough points on his license with the drag racing conviction to cause a revocation of his driving privileges.  The disposition garnered saved him his ability to drive.

REDUCED | DRAG RACING – (DMC No. 9889) (West McDowell Justice Court No. TR2010-141173): Mr. A. was a minor league baseball player who was previously in the major leagues. He had purchased a new Camaro SS and was driving on the freeway at a high rate of speed. Another vehicle sped up to catch up with him and an officer thought that two were drag racing. Mr. A. was pulled over and charged with drag racing. We were able to convince the prosecutor that he was unaware of the other vehicle’s presence and was merely speeding. If he were convicted of the drag racing charge, he would have lost his license and would have done jail time.

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