Up until forty or fifty years ago, many drivers in Bakersfield and Fresno
quite literally carried “get out of jail free” cards.
The much ballyhooed
courtesy cards were typically officers’ business cards with handwritten instructions
that the officer “extend every courtesy” to the driver during
a traffic stop. A wayward driver could present the card to the officer
who would not issue a ticket, collect the card, and mail it back to the
officer who originally presented it. Back in the day, it was not unusual
for citizens to carry three or four courtesy cards from three or four
In 1923, Los Angeles Police Department Chief August Vollmer was one of
the first officials to speak out against the practice. Probably not coincidentally,
he was forced to resign the very next year.
Defenses to Traffic Tickets
The courtesy cards may be a relic of the past, but there are still a number
of ways to
reduce or eliminate the harmful effects of a traffic ticket in Kern County.
Sometimes, the officer’s observation is impaired. Assume that the
officer points a radar gun at a group of cars. That evidence, standing
alone, proves that one vehicle in the group was speeding but doesn’t
necessarily show which one was speeding.
There is also a subjective
defense in California on some roads – drivers can argue that their speeds
were reasonable under the circumstances – and often it’s difficult
for police officers to follow all of the technical rules for supplying
the traffic survey that’s need in order to enforce the speed limit
in reasonable speed zones.
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.