The Dos And Dont's Of Traffic Court

Always try to retain a competent attorney because you are up often against seasoned law enforcement officers who specialize in traffic.

Always dress appropriately (that does not mean a shirt and tie but rather no sandals, no shorts, no tank tops, no hats, etc.)

Always be on time.

Always address the Traffic Magistrate by saying Your Honor.

Always show respect towards the police officer and the Judge.

Do not interrupt the Judge.

Do not call the police officer a liar.

Bring any documents or pictures that you want the Traffic Magistrate to consider because this is your one and only hearing and you cannot tell the Judge what the documents and/or pictures would show if they were available (hearsay).

Bring any witnesses that you may have because this is your one and only hearing and you cannot tell the Judge what they would say if present (hearsay).

Only answer the questions that are posed to you and do not give narratives. Yes and no and I don't recall are almost always the best answers.

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