… And for that I do apologize. I have been less than motivated to write, though a lot has been going on.
For starters, it looks like I will be taking on at least two more web design projects, with a possible third on top of that. More tattoo artists and piercers from Wendi’s recommendations of my work. So that has be a bit stressed again. The good part is I will be getting paid cash money for two of the sites.
But more importantly, I just got word that I will have a check for $204 coming in the mail soon. Why, you may ask? Well, it seems the Superior Court Justice Center’s Justice of the Peace decided to rule in my favour regarding a driving award (read traffic citation) I “won” last November. Mind you it was in my Grand Cherokee for 15 over. But I decided to fight this one for a number of reasons beyond the fact that I wasn’t eligible for traffic school.
So I requested an extension on the ticket, and prepped my case. Then, rather than going to court to stand in front of a judge, I requested a Trial by Declaration which allowed me to submit a written declaration of my case for review by the judge once the CHP Officer submitted his as well. (If you like, email me and I will send you a copy of the declaration as I submitted it, along with answering any question on the process.) If I had lost this portion, I would even have a second chance by requesting a Trial De Novo which would then put me in person in front of the Judge. Luckily it didn’t come to that as my case was dismissed.
For what reasons, I do not know, but I can surmise:
Either the CHP Officer failed to submit his declaration by the due date, or my declaration was sufficient to rule the Officer’s statement inconclusive (note I have never said in my favour here, as the case was dismissed not ruled as Not Guilty). My guess is that after the extension, the Officer simply didn’t submit his declaration (probably due to insufficient notes on the stop).
So there you have it. The justice system CAN be used to your advantage. You just have to know how to play the game…