Hey guys, I got some great advice so far on here, thought I would pick your brain a bit more
I was pulled over doing 44 over, the cop set up a trap on highway 7 right where the speed limit changes from 80 to 60. This was my first offense, he did not reduce it.
I have an early resolution setup next week, I don't have any disclosure or notes so I'm not sure what the details of the officer's notes are - I'm not looking for anything other than having the charge fully dropped so a plea is unacceptable.
1) With the above being said, I understand that it's extremely unlikely that the prosecutor will drop the case in the ER for whatever reason, especially without me having full disclosure.
This makes me not even want to attend ER. If I don't go to my ER, it mentions everywhere (all gov't info) that I can be automatically convicted. Is this true? If I don't go, can I still request/schedule a trial?
-also my meeting is at 9am, do I have to arrive at that time or can I come later like 12pm (just wondering)
2) I was in an uber recently and my driver was a 'law student' (I know everyone cringes at advice given by students haha, I'm also skeptical) but I was just curious to hear his thoughts. He mentioned that cops get paid to go to the first trial and it's mandatory for them, meanwhile they are not obligated/paid for the second one if it gets postponed. Is that true?
-he mentioned that postponing to a second trial would provide the best possibility for the cop to not show up
3) I've been reading mix opinions in regards to hiring a paralegal, so my question is what can a paralegal do that the average person cannot in order to win the case or have it dropped?
-assuming the average person has done a crazy amount of reading and has become pretty well informed/educated
4) I've understood that paralegals have a relationship with certain JPs and Prosecutors, so they (pay?) for the cop not to show up or have them drop it (or something like that). True?
5) I've been speaking to a few paralegals trying to understand what value they'll personally bring, what strategy they'll put forth, how they usually tackle these kinds of charges (with a radar gun), etc. Yet no one can really give me a definitive answer. They just mention they'll request disclosure, go to court for me, etc.
I understand that they are 'experts' but if I'm going to pay an expert I expect them to go above and beyond what the average person can do which is the basic foundation.
Thanks for your time