After being pulled over for speeding, a viewer got into an argument with the officer. He received a large fine. Does he bring a lawyer to the hearing?
Dave Kuharchik: It’s time again for “The Law & You.” Back with us the attorneys that have the toughest of legal questions, Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli.
Ed Ciarimboli: I’m just happy that everybody was safe and that there were no major catastrophes on July 4th. That’s always a good time.
Dave: It was a good thing. Of course, the heart of summer is here and legal advice never stops in the virtual law center. So, our question tonight. Mel in Hazleton is asking, “I was pulled over for speeding and I got into a big argument with a state police trooper. He threw the book at me. Should I bring a lawyer to the hearing?” I think I can take this one. Yes.
Ed: Come on, now! First of all, you already admitted you were speeding. “I got pulled over for speeding.” You did something wrong and you weren’t following the rules. You were speeding, why do you argue with the cop for? All the cop’s doing is his job. Yes, you need to bring a lawyer to the hearing. Especially considering you were a jerk with the police officer who was trying to do their job.
Greg Fellerman: I couldn’t agree more. As a former prosecutor, you always do these speeding hearings and I always ask about the cop, “Hey, how was the person?” If he says, “He wasn’t really good, he was a jerk.” Then it’s a different story. Just be nice. This guy is just doing his job. It’s part of their job and if you’re polite about it, you usually can get this worked out in a fairly reasonable manner. I think you deserve getting the book thrown at you.
Dave: And thinking about this, so this person who got it into with the cop, who’s to say if they’re at a hearing and they wouldn’t get into it with the judge? So for their own protection to not get into any deeper trouble, have representation.
Ed: Here’s the thing. We’re laughing a little bit about it but speeding is one of the leading causes of crashes. The faster you’re going, the longer it takes for your car to stop. The faster you’re going, the less reaction time you’re going to have if there’s a hazard. So slow down. That’s the purpose of why we have speed limits in order to protect all of us from people going too fast.
Dave: Stay safe, stay calm, and don’t forget results matter. Attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli, see you next time guys.
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