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Originally posted by magicmushroom
Para, I know the driver could have been smarter, but sometimes we have to relly on the proffesionals and I just see it as a worrying sign overall.
Originally posted by Badge01
This is why I agree with the previous poster that as soon as the guy declined to sign, he should have gone back to his car and called for backup and told the guy to stay in his car. Better to use the overwhelming numbers technique in this case.
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SIGN A TICKET. Signing a ticket doesn't mean jack.
The traffic ticket contains an actual notice to you of a pending court date at which you must appear. By signing the ticket, you are providing an acknowledgment of receipt of the "notice to appear." Since the officer is charging you with a violation of law, he could take you into custody. By signing the traffic ticket, you avoid being taken into custody at that time, and are "released on your own recognizance" pending the court date. It is better to sign the traffic ticket and go about your business pending the court date. By signing the traffic ticket, you remain free and retain the right to show up at the hearing to contest the issuance of the citation or summons.
Originally posted by xmotex
It is amazing to me that there are so many people out there defending this officer, who clearly escalated a nonviolent situation into a violent one without any provocation.