Just got home from work. The day its self was busy, and my next few days will be even busier. This made my ride home extra nice. Cruising through the canyon on my VFR, not a soul in front of me, I was leaning into the curves and having the time of my life. It is for this reason that I commute on my motorcycle; it clears my head and makes me happy.
Of course, I end up passing the point in the road where I got my last ticket which I fought as a “Trial by Declaration”. This got me to thinking, “I SHOULD be getting my judgment in the mail soon”, but it only stayed as a passing thought as I threw a knee out into the next corner.
When I get home, I check the mail. A letter from the Superior Court. Hey hey, today is the day of reckoning. Did I win? Was the ticket just tossed out? Am I going to have to actually appear and fight the ticket?
I get inside the house. Open the letter. Read the Judgment:
CVC 22350- NOT GUILTY
CVC 21460- NOT GUILTY
Yes my friends, this ticket wasn’t just thrown out on a technicality like lack of documentation by the officer etc. (which I played on by the by), rather, my case was ‘heard’ or actually read by a judge who in turn found me NOT GUILTY based solely on my declaration as submitted in lieu of appearance. My declaration was also counter balanced by the citing officer’s declaration, so this is even bigger than just getting the ticket thrown out. Sometimes the system DOES work. And now, I get my $425 in bail money back, and the ticket wiped from the system!
If any of you happen to get a traffic ticket from the California Highway Patrol (not sure about the OC Sheriff), I will be happy to explain how I have won my past two cases by fighting it in a “Trial by Declaration”.