My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: New Mexico
Let me start by stating a few things, I am in my 20s, I drive a 20 year old sports car(which is loud, and low to the ground) that gets me pulled over often for various reasons, but I've only received one ticket since I started driving at 16. I also at the moment have very cheap/hard tires on my car for mileage.
A few days ago I was traveling northbound and proceeded to turn left(west bound). I slowly accelerated to just below the speed limit of 35 before changing gears, there was a transition from concrete to asphalt at the same time as my gear change and my rear tires chirped for a brief second before having to slow down for another red light only two blocks from the intersection I had just turned from.
No sooner I stopped a police cruiser pulled in behind me very quickly after cutting across two lanes of traffic, while I noticed this I did not see where he came from. I figured he was going to light me up and accelerated slower than I had before up to 35, my tires did not chirp this time, and he immediately lit me up. I drove another 50 feet before pulling off into a business parking area because it was impossible to stop on this road(curbs on both sides).
The officer approached my window, and another stood at my passenger window which was cracked only.
O: In some kind of hurry?
M: No sir.
O: Where are you heading?
M: Up to the store to grab something and then heading home.
O: Where exactly is home?
O: Where where you coming from?
M: I just left a job interview.
O: Do you know why I pulled you over?
M: No sir.
O: You squealed your tires back at the intersection and I had to catch up to you.
M: Sorry sir - I have cheap tires on my car and I did not mean to chirp my tires.
At this point he asks for my license and paperwork, I give him my license, insurance card.. but was unable to find my current tag registration(which apparently was stolen from my car). He returned after a few minutes to see if I had found my paperwork and I informed him I could not find it, but had every year proceeding to this year, he only nodded and said it was fine. After he finished his partner or trainer asked me if I had a firearm randomly out of the blue, and I answered that I did have a firearm. He asked where it was and I said on my right hip, he asked again and I confirmed. They then had me step out of my car and removed my firearm taking it to their cruiser while asking me to sit back in mine.
After about 20 minutes of waiting the officer returns with a citation for "exhibition of speed" for spinning my rear tires, despite me explaining I did not mean to, nor was trying to. The officer informed me to "call over the phone and pay it, it's cheap" and hands me a paper with various offenses and fines on it. I look this paper over for a minute before replying to him and ask "how cheap? I don't see it on here?" and the officer could not answer my question. I informed him I did not have much money but would pay it if I could, he replied back saying he would see me in court otherwise and "they would tell the court what they saw". I did not argue, I signed the form and he handed me both MY copy and HIS copy of the citation. I was again asked to step from my vehicle while they returned my firearm to it, unloaded and slide locked back. They told me to stand about 10 feet from my car and wait until they had pulled away to return to it.
Now in all the years I have been driving, and for as long as I've had a firearm and been pulled over... I have NEVER been asked to step from my vehicle and surrender my weapon, but I was. Although I am more curious as to why the other officer only spoke that once to ask me if I had a firearm.
I have one ticket on my record, back when I was 22 for making a lane change and failing to use a signal. Other than that I have nothing else on my driving record, no speeding tickets, no drag racing, nothing. So I do not understand why I was given an infraction worth 6 points towards my license for a momentary loss of traction beyond my control.
The citation reads "driving wb on Montgomery when rear tires squealed from 'excessive speed'.
I was not warned for speeding, I was not asked how fast I was going, I was not cited for speeding or rapid acceleration, nor was I warned for accelerating too quickly. I was not told anything, but given a citation for exhibition of speed.
I have done some asking around since I got this and none of it was helpful, most only told me to plead guilty and hope that the judge is merciful due to my record.
I have also contacted a few people including the courthouse, a friend I have with the department, and the deputy chief all to confirm this.
The court informed me that since he gave me his copy of the citation - that they use to put it into the computer - that I may not get anything. They also said they had no knowledge of an electronic filing system, the state has one but not the city. Also that this could not be paid over the phone, and was a mandatory court appearance, plus fees...
My friend with the department also said something similar, informing me that their electronic system was 'down' and they were using paper alone.
The Deputy Chief also informed me that nothing may happen because he gave me his copy as well, but did not confirm the electronic system.
If the above is true, wonderful, however I'm preparing for the worst case scenario and it does actually get to the court. In which case I would like any advice on how to handle this situation.