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Posted July 27, 2012
“How to Win Your Case In Traffic Court Without a Lawyer” by Janet Traken is a reference book on how to fight traffic citations in court and win your case. A freelance writer who is not a lawyer wrote this book, but she has done a competent job preparing a reference guide that will allow most people who are cited by law enforcement for traffic violations to successfully represent themselves in court. Traken’s book takes you from the moment the citation is issued through court procedures and eventual trial before either a judge or a jury. The book coaches the reader through the gathering and analysis of evidence in the case and how to address the judge and the prosecutor during court proceedings. The book is written using generalities instead of specific because traffic laws and court proceedings are different from state to state and in some cases from jurisdiction to jurisdiction within states. “How to Win Your Case In Traffic Court Without a Lawyer” is a good starting place for persons determined to fight their citations without the use of legal presentation.
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Posted August 4, 2012
I am a law school student and I have to say How to WIN Your Case in Traffic Court Without a Lawyer by: Janet Traken is an informative book and is very well organized. Mrs. Traken spends a good part of just trying to make the reader familiar with how the legal system works at the informal traffic court level. I believe this a very good thing to do because most people feel nervous and apprehensive about being in front of a judge and therefore are more likely to make mistakes. By familiarizing the reader with the process they not only become more aware of their rights but significantly more comfortable exercising them.
How to Win Your Case in Traffic Court spends a considerable time discussing the various methods police use to catch speeders although I am not sure how many of them are still used. I believe all of the police in my state almost exclusively use radar or lidar and do not use techniques like pacing or estimated guessing. Readers should know this book does not actually discuss case law to be used in your defense but lays out the methods for someone who has not had legal training.
Overall, the book serves its purpose very well and includes all of the details to make someone comfortable exercising their legal rights in court.