In a case that made headlines here in Bakersfield, a Michigan man died
in jail as he was serving time for failing to pay
$772 in traffic ticket fines and costs.
According to the court transcript, a judge told David Stojcevski that he
would either have to pay the money or be incarcerated for 30 days. When
he was booked into the Macomb County Jail, he told officials that he was
addicted to painkillers. He went into withdrawal almost immediately, and
died naked on the floor of an isolation cell about halfway through his sentence.
The American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter of protest to the Justice
Department, claiming that Mr. Stojcevski’s “pay or stay”
sentence was illegal; local officials countered that he had already been
held in contempt twice and never introduced any evidence of inability to pay.
Traffic Ticket Outcomes
To clarify, there is a difference between refusing to pay and inability
to pay. Most courts also require delinquent defendants to at least make
a good-faith effort to obtain the money.
When an attorney handles a traffic ticket in Shafter or Lamont, there is
normally one of three outcomes:
Reduction: During plea bargaining, an experienced attorney can get the fine and/or
points reduced agreement.
Probation: This outcome is quite common in cases that involve
drivers’ license suspension. In this situation, there is no punishment as long as the driver gets
no additional tickets for a certain amount of time.
Elimination: If there is a legal or factual defense, or a lack of evidence, the judge
often throws out the case.
As an added bonus, an attorney can appear for you in most courts, so you
can stay on the road instead of waiting for your name to be called.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive lawyers at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to giving
individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets. Call
today at 661-859-1177 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the personal professional attention you deserve. En español,
llame al 661-376-0214.