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Police Officer Lied on the Stand!

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2,144 words with 3 Comments; publish: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 08:39:00 GMT; (80062.50, « »)

I went to court on a traffic ticket last night here in NJ and took my chances with a trial. (I was pulled over for speeding, which I wasn't doing and when I denied this to the Officer he gave me a ticket for Careless Driving instead, saying I was tailgating.) The entire process was VERY intimidating, but I figured it was my word against the Officer's and I rally had nothing to lose except a few dollars in court costs... What surprised me was that the Officer blatantly lied on the stand. He first stated that I was tailgating in one area on the street, but then under my cross amditted that the traffic was heavier there than he had earlier testified and that we were travelling at a MUCH slower speed. My contention was that I was not, therefore tailgating, but was legally allowed to be within 2-3 car lengths (rather than the five he suggested). Soon after this he changed his story and said I was tailgating somewhere else. SAY WHAT?!?!?!?! The judge - I don't know what was going on there..... Needless to say I was pronounced guiltly - even though the police officer was making things up and lying on the stand. I am so upset with the system. I can appeal, but it will cost me $300 (at least) in court transcripts.

It's a dilemma, though, because I have a copy of the ticket, and his notes, which support his original story (and therefor the fact that I wasn't tailgating) and to me that clearly shows that he was making stuff up as he went along and lying on the stand... any advice???

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    • Actually, I called our County Prosecutor and he refered me to the town's Internal Affair's Officer. I am attempting to have the officer charged with perjury.
      #1; Thu, 06 Apr 2006 11:52:00 GMT
    • that is b.s. that we would do that. so much for justice being served.

      maybe get a lawyer. i dont think u will get far by yourself, so it may be worth contacting one, they usually will not charge you for an initial conversation to determine if he/she could actually help, so you dont have anything to lose

      good luck

      #2; Fri, 31 Mar 2006 10:15:00 GMT
    • Should have had an attorney if you were going to trial- unless you have the tape to play, it is he said- he said and you are not a police officer.
      #3; Thu, 06 Apr 2006 19:41:00 GMT