posted on Jun, 21 2011 @ 03:54 PM
reply to post by DaddyBare
Won't do you any good. I fought one here in Tallahassee, because I hoped if enough people fought them, maybe they would go away. Before the hearing
even started, the judge issued several directives. She said, "If you plan to fight this ticket on the basis that you were not driving, or that the
burden of proof is on the municipality, then you will lose and be responsible for additional fines and costs. The statute is written in such a way
that the registered owner of the vehicle is responsible for the ticket."
So, stupid me, we went up there anyway, we #1 that the photo was inconclusive, the front bumper appears to be across the white line at the time of the
picture. #2 that my wife (registered owner) was on her way to Missouri at the time of the ticket. #3 at least 8 people had access to the keys at the
time of the ticket and it was impossible for my wife to know who was driving, #4 the statute is unconstitutional, because is provides a penalty for
exercising our rights and taking the ticket to court and fighting it. (The fee is $140 if you pay it within 30 days, $272 if you wait and then pay
it, and $272 plus costs if you go to court and lose.)
So, after saying our spiel, her words were, "the courts directives have already been laid out for you. You can plead nolo contendere at this time
and I will waive points and fees, or I can find in favor of the city and you will be responsible for close to $500 in fines and fees. Those are your
So, we plead nolo contendere, paid $272 and went home.
Now, we have the protective shields over the license plates that blur out the numbers unless you are straight on.
The courts do not care about the constitution and laws. Florida just enacted a 3% tax to all state employees. It was supposed to be our contribution
to our retirement, but in fact it goes into the regular state operating budget!! That makes it an income tax, and it violates the State Constitution!
Our legislators and Governor seem to have forgotten to read our constitution?