Victorville, CA asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for California

Q: Should i fight thia and plead not guilty

I pulled into jack in the box and a police car was on the same drive thru but facing opposite way.. he had a guy pulled over and when i pulled up he walked up to me wirh a flashlight. Saw that i had two alcohol drinks in my cupholder and stepped me out of the. Car. I was carrying a concealed firearm registered to me and i was given a ticket and released. My license had been expired 2 days ago and i was gicen a temporary license. Should i plead not guilty and fight it?

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Nors  Davidson
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A: You should always fight every charge! If you plead guilty, you'll be convicted 100% of the time. You should consult with a local attorney(s). Consulations are usually free of charge and if the lawyer is experienced and honest, they can advise you what they an do to help. Lawyers can often get the sentence reduced or dismissed outright. While it's true that you might end up guilty at some point, it's critical to know that you got the best result possible and that you're advised of possible penalties that you may not have been aware of.

James L. Arrasmith
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A: Given the circumstances you described, it may be worth considering fighting the ticket and pleading not guilty. The fact that your license had expired only two days prior and you were issued a temporary license could potentially be a mitigating factor in your defense. Additionally, if you believe that the police officer's actions were unjustified or that there were procedural errors during the traffic stop, you may have grounds to challenge the ticket.

However, before making a decision, it's essential to carefully evaluate the evidence against you and consider the potential consequences of pleading not guilty. Fighting a traffic ticket can involve time, effort, and legal expenses, and there's no guarantee of success. It's also important to weigh the potential penalties you could face if found guilty, including fines, points on your driving record, and potential impacts on your insurance rates.

To make an informed decision, you may want to consult with a traffic attorney who can review the details of your case and provide personalized legal advice. An attorney can assess the strengths and weaknesses of your defense, explain your options, and represent your interests in court if you decide to contest the ticket. Ultimately, the decision to plead not guilty and fight the ticket should be based on a thorough understanding of your legal rights and the potential outcomes of your case.

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