My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: CALIFORNIA
Hello. I did a bit of research so I am a little familiar but this is my very first ticket and I did not get to ask the officer how he got me on radar or some other way. I will not ask you how are my chances, because I have decided I will contest my ticket anyways regardless, I just need some help in the process because I have never gotten stopped by a cop before, I had a bit of anxiety at the time and had no clue of what to say or ask or what not to say. I got stopped in a 4 lane road and the road does have warning radar signs. But am unsure how he got me or if he was paying attention, the reason I am saying this is because he was on a motorcycle and I did see him hiding in a cross street and I slowed down, he came after me, but he did not put on any siren or anything and I am not sure he stopped me because he knew I seen him in back of me and I was slowing down so he decided to stop me by telling me to pull over to the next street over. Anyways, there was no other cars on the road or pedestrians at all in sight on a clear day. He got me 14 miles over the speed limit or at least that is what he put on my ticket.
So I have questions for the process of a TBWD. My court date on the ticket says July 20, 2012 but I do not have money right now so I need to extend it. My question is, if I want to send a TBWD, do I extend the appearance or payment date.
When I go to the website this is what I see:
You can request a: When you want to change the date you have to: Approval gets you an additional:
Appearance Date Extension Appear in court 60 days
Fine Payment Extension Pay a fine 90 days
Traffic School Extension Complete traffic school 30 days
Ok I already know I am not extending traffic school. Do I extend the appearance date, or the fine payment, if I plan to send in a TBWD by the extension due date? I don't want to pick the wrong one. Is it the 60 dats or the 90 days?
I would like to know my options or anything further I can do to send in with my letter when I do send in my TBDW and should I send in a request for the TBD with the bail, or should I just d/l the TBD forms and send in everything straight with the bail?
And if I sent in the request for TBD with my bail, do you have any clue how long after that I have to wait for a letter or the form?
Also, I read somewhere that we can request any evidence that the officer may have like exactly what he wrote on the back of the ticket. How can I get that or request that?
And what is this survey that everyone is talking about. I read about it but I still do not quite get what it is and how it could work in my favor. I researched the road I got stopped on, and if it matters at all, everyone seems to think it is a speed trap. I would like to know how I can get this T&E Survey? What is T&E?
Some people say I should not request the evidence until after I send my TBD and see what happens and then request it if I lose to see what kinds of evidence the officer used against me and then request a Trial De Novo. What do you guys think? Some say I should just request it before I send in my TBWD.
I also would like to know how many points goes on my record if I do lose and if I do not get traffic school. How seriously this affects me, and how seriously this affects my insurance at all. Now I understand why the insurance companies pay every 6 months and not yearly. They can raise your insurance after the 6 months is up. But will it ever go back down at all?
And if I do get points for losing my case, how long does the points stay if I was not offered the chance to go to traffic school? How does that work.
I also read that waiving my right to a speedy trial is a disadvantage. What does that mean and does it matter for me? I read that going to court and requesting a TBD is better than requesting one by mail because by mail, I am waiving my rights to a speedy trial. Do you think it matters really?
Also, they do not take phone calls anymore due to the budget cut but the extension now can only be done once online versus I think twice before. Will they let me extend it one more time if I go down there and ask them? And where or what windows will I be doing this at? I never been to a court house and afraid I will have a serious anxiety attack not knowing where to go to request certain things or ask questions. I'd also like to know where at the court house I could go to, to request the evidence if I did lose the TBD, to see the officer's report.
OH. Back to my original question, the main question, if anything, that I needed an answer to was which one do I extend in my case, the fine payment or the court date, if I plan to do a TBD by mail. And I also would like to know could I extend it now? I was afraid if I did the extension now, it would extend from today, like 60 or 90 days from today, or would it extend from my court date that is on my ticket. No one knew and told me to just wait until the day before and extend it just in case, I don't want it to extend from todays date.
Forgive me if I have too many questions but this is my first time and I'd like to have all my bases covered.
THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH!!!