John Kenneth Joyner's answer A judge will likely base the decision to allow or disallow evidence of what the officer was doing on whether or not the evidence is relevant to your guilt or innocence. Unless the officer's actions affected your failure to stop, then you will have a hard time showing relevance.
John Kenneth Joyner's answer Driving over the speed limit can contribute to the officer citing you for a speed contest, but is not necessary. Speed contest is defined as follows:
(b) For purposes of this section, “speed contest” means the operation of one or more motor vehicles to conduct a race or a time trial, including but not limited to rapid acceleration, exceeding reasonable and prudent speeds for highways and existing traffic conditions, vying for position, or performing one or more lane changes in an...
John Kenneth Joyner's answer A fictitious plates charge is a class 2 traffic misdemeanor and carries a minimum 10 days in jail and a minimum $150 fine, and a maximum of 90 days in the county jail and a maximum $300 fine.
John Kenneth Joyner's answer If you miss a mandatory court date, the court can and likely will issue a bench warrant. If you fail to pay a non-mandatory court citation by the due date, they will likely issue a default judgment against you and can hold you in contempt if you fail to pay by a certain time. Your best bet is to call the court and ask what the staus of your case is, or have an attorney do it for you.
Peter N. Munsing's answer Find a nearby area where you can pulloff and wait. It'd be ok to wait with flashers on if you were going to offload in a couple of minutes--if you are sitting there longer the law would say, couldn't you sit somewhere else?
Samuel Ventola's answer I sympathize with you because you wouldn't normally be looking for somebody coming against traffic and at a high rate of speed on the sidewalk. I'd say the bicyclist was at least part at fault, but that doesn't mean somebody couldn't conclude you were also at fault. I'm not expert on traffic tickets but I'd probably fight it. However, even if you are convicted or pay the ticket, it probably won't be admissible in any lawsuit by the bicyclist.
Peter N. Munsing's answer It's worth your getting an attorney, because no matter how creative I or any defense counsel can be about the accident, you were in the seat when you had a suspension. This generally --even without crashes--suggests to the judge that he needs to use a 2x4 to get the point across. So you are looking at additional suspension, possible revocation and other not good things.
So find an attorney who handles violations in the court your ticket is headed to. Plead not guilty for now, but it...
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer Based on your question I assume that you do not have insurance (which is required...). If you do have insurance, the valuation is something that your insurance company handles. If you do not have insurance, you can request documentation related to valuation. There might be something that can be challenge (although if this information is coming from the insurance agency versus the minivan owner I would tend to think that a reputable collision repair center was chosen).
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer You can always challenge any ticket. Whether you can present sufficient evidence to overturn the ticket is a wholly different matter... Note, the an officer can legally estimate your speed based on more than just a radar gun reading.
Peter N. Munsing's answer Why not pay for a consultation if you don't want links. You want someone to write an essay on underglow lights as to what? Why not tell us what you want? Better yet, talk to DMV about your issue.
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer No, you cannot be charged for retrieving personal property from a repo-ed vehicle. The items cannot be removed or collected (up to a time limit of presumed abandonment). If it is a problem, send a certified letter requesting the materials back. If this fails, contact the state AG's office.
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer Yes and no. Colorado, like most states, only tracks current traffic infractions for instate violations for current state license holders. However, if you are required to provide your driving record, most places request a record for a period of years (usually 4-6 years). As a result, you will likely need to list the Iowa infractions until you live in Colorado (or another state) for long enough for the records to "disappear".
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