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    Default Exhibition of Speed Ticket for Peeling Out, VC 23109(C)

    My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: California

    Well, I work for a car dealership and my job is to get cars ready to sell.

    A couple months ago, we got a car in from Florida. Pontiac Trans-AM WS-6.

    The car was heavily moddified, and the problem was that there was no way it was going to pass California smog like that. That's where I come in!

    I setup appointments over the weekend to get it brought back to a stock level so we could smog it and sell it. That meant I had to leave my Subie at the dealership and take the Trans-AM home for the weekend.

    That Friday when I got off work, I had plans to go downtown and celebrate a birthday with some friends. Since my car was parked on the other end of the city, the only car I had access to was the Trans-AM. So I drove it up 4 or 5 blocks to pick up my friends.

    On the way back, we are making a left hand turn onto my street from a red light. I gave it just a tiny bit too much on the gas pedal and the rear end locks and make a little tire squeak (no traction control btw.) It wasn't intentional.

    Next thing I know, Highway Patrol is pulling me over in my apartment complex...

    I understood the reason for the stop... no plates, car was registered to someone who lived on the other side of the country, no paperwork, loud as hell, full of mid-20s friends, ect ect. It probably looked like the car was stolen.

    Anyway, after about 20 minutes the officer comes back and hands me a ticket for misdemeanor "Exhibition of Speed (Peeling Out)"... that's exactly how it was written on the ticket.

    On my first court date I was told to come back in a month so the DA could have time to strike up a plea bargain. Well, that plea bargain is due this Thursday. My question to you good folks is this... should I plea no contest and just take it up the butt? Or should I plea not guilty and take it to trial?

    Any input from anyone who has dealt with this would be greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: Exhibition of Speed Ticket for Peeling Out, VC 23109(C)

    The choice is yours. If you honestly think it was a single tire and a short squeak, maybe taking a plea is wrong. But, if you're downplaying what happened and how it happened, think of what the officer will have to say and keep in mind that a trial could result in jail time - a plea deal will likely entail a fine only.

    You know the facts, we don't.

    Discuss this matter with your attorney.

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