07-13-2005, 12:38 AM
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Join Date: Dec 2003
| | HELP! w/ trespassing ticket!
Need some advice! I wanna know if I should show up in court to contest the summons, also any estimates on the fine / points. Some nights the sign says "Sports Complex" other nights it says "Ramp Closed". No matter what it says, I usually just take the exit b/c it connects easily and toll-free to the highway. There happened to be two state troopers waiting for me down the road a ways. They were blocking the road completely so I had to slow down to inch around them. I decided to play it cool, and turned and gave them a nod and a wave as I drove past them, hoping they would assume I was an employee of the sports complex and wouldn't bother with me. Turns out I was wrong. Pulled me over about 10 seconds later. I played dumb at that point and claimed I was just looking for Route _. He asked why I waved at them then; I responded "I had to slow down to go around you guys. This isn't the way to Route _ ?" I handed him all my documents; he asked me if they were valid, blah blah... He gave me a summons stating "failed to obey TP signs", there's no dollar amount or points listed. Should I contest this? Alot of people tell me, moving violations should always be contested, b/c usually they will just drop the points for you to plead guilty so they don't have to be bothered with paperwork. I don't know if I have much of a case. It is somewhat confusing that some nights the ramp is open, some nights it is closed. It was also late at night, so I could claim I was tired and confused. Not sure if this is a good idea cause maybe they could slap me with something else for driving while tired? I would really like to contest this, just to make the officer show up in court, plus get rid of points. I was very polite to him; he could have let me off with a warning b/c it's an innocent mistake I'm sure some people make. Any advice Karch or others???