Lying In Traffic Violations When Stopped By Police
Cop ‘Upset’ By Speeding Woman’s Dying Dad Lie, Arrests Her
A New Hampshire cop was so miffed when he discovered an “emotional” woman had lied to him about speeding in her car to get to her dying father that he later went to the woman’s house and arrested her for driving with a suspended registration.
“I’m pretty used to people trying to bend the truth to get out of speeding citations, but this woman preyed on my emotions as a human being,” Christopher J. Cummings, the state trooper who made the arrest, told ABC News today.
“She told me her father had stage four cancer, that he was breathing only six breaths a minute, and that she was trying to make it to the hospital before he passed,” Cummings said.
Cummings pulled over Carley Williams, 28, of Nashua, N.H., on Friday night for speeding, he said.
“I was parked along the turnpike with my radar unit when I saw the vehicle traveling 82 mph in a 65 mph zone,” Cummings said. “I took her driver’s license and asked a question that I ask everyone I pull over. I asked if there was an emergency.”
That is when Williams told her elaborate lie, the trooper said. Source, full story.
Know Your Rights: What To Do If You’re Stopped By Police, Immigration Agents or the FBI
- You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.
- You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car or your home.
- If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave.
- You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately.
- Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights.
- Do stay calm and be polite.
- Do not interfere with or obstruct the police.
- Do not lie or give false documents.
- Do prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested.
- Do remember the details of the encounter.
- Do file a written complaint or call your local ACLU if you feel your rights have been violated. Source
There are times when getting a ticket for exceeding the speed limit can be fairly minor, requiring only the payment of a fine. However, if you’re caught driving at speeds much greater than the speed limit, you may have to deal with more serious consequences. When speeding under the influence of alcohol, you may be facing criminal charges. In that case, there’s no question: you’re going to need a lawyer.
Multiple Speeding Tickets Are More Serious
If you’re pulled over by a police officer for driving even just a few miles over the speed limit, you’ll likely receive a ticket. In many states, you can either pay the fine or appear in traffic court to dispute it. For your first speeding violation, the punishment may not be so bad. But fines and points on your license will increase with each additional speeding ticket to the point where you lose your license.
Speeding Can Become Reckless Driving
Speeding can be considered reckless driving if you’re driving dangerously over the legal speed limit. This is a serious charge and hiring a lawyer to defend you becomes more important. If you or your lawyer can’t come to an agreement with the court, the number of points placed on your driving record may be so substantial that just one reckless driving violation can result in the loss of your license. Source
Moving Violations Include DUIs
It is not illegal to drink and drive in Florida, so long as your blood alcohol content (BAC) is not over .08 or your normal faculties are not impaired. At the law firm of Andrew D. Stine, P.A., in West Palm Beach, we advise our clients to neither blow into a breathalyzer machine nor do a roadside test. Why give evidence to the state if you don’t have to?
If you have submitted to a breathalyzer test and failed, that is not the end of your case. The Intoxilzer 5,000 and Intoxilzer 8,000 breathalyzer machines used to measure BAC in Florida have significant problems. If you have an expert witness and an experienced attorney who can challenge the accuracy of the machine in court, the BAC evidence may be thrown out. DUI/DWI Lawyer Andrew Stine has obtained not-guilty verdicts due to machine failure for clients who have had blood alcohol levels of .229 and .227.
Moving Violations and DUI Criminal Attorney
The most important thing in DUI/DWI cases is early intervention by your attorney. This preliminary involvement will help you avoid the consequences of a conviction, which are very serious in Florida. We will also represent you at your hearing before the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles in order to protect your right to drive.
In addition to DUI/DWI charges, we represent clients in DUI accident cases, including
- Leaving the scene of accident with severe bodily injury
- DUI/DWI severe bodily injury
- DUI/DWI homicide
- DUI/DWI manslaughter
There are defenses in DUI accident cases, which an experienced and capable lawyer can use. Even if you made a statement to police during your arrest, our lawyers can usually get that evidence thrown out of court. Any statement you give officers cannot be used against you due to the Florida accident report privilege.
Free consultation 24/7: Call West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at (561) 832-1170. Se habla español.
Protecting your right to drive
Unless your request a DMV hearing within 10 days of arrest, you will lose your driver’s license. Even if your license is revoked, we can apply for a hardship license, which is usually immediately granted to you. We have never had a hardship license denied to one of our clients.