he only times I've been to traffic court were one as a defendant (had a speeding ticket on a bicycle dismissed)
PLEASE tell us how this happened?!
I’ve been pulled over 7-10 times in my life. Some of those I was speeding... one of them, I was absolutely flying (relative to speed limit, not flow of traffic). There was another time* too, but in general, it goes like this (caveat, I’m white, generally halfway presentable, and my cars have never been TOTAL ****boxes nor total hot rods):
Yes sir, no sir, can I reach in my glovebox sir, I don’t know sir, thank you sir. Normally they come back with a ticket for 14 over (or 19, or 4.. 1mph below the next bracket of fines & points). Sometimes, if I was told I was doing 5-10 over, it’s a warning and a stern ‘be safe and slow down’.
I’ve been to traffic court once. It’s the same thing. Shave, dress decently, show up early. Smile (but not too much), yes your honor, no your honor, yes I will pay the fine your honor, thank you for no points your honor. Yes I will be safer.
ADD, I get your schtick. And I am not a fan or an apologist of cops... all of them are truly bastards. But you’re insufferable, and are making your life harder than it needs to be with no measurable benefit towards your societal ideals on the merit of policing.
*one time I ran. hit the limiter in a bright ****ing red MKV GLI (those speedos were typically about 10% inaccurate at that rate of speed, but still). I am not proud of it, but here I am telling the story. I guess just to say... I know I’m ****ing lucky. That’s it.