Your Day In Court

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Navigating your way through the courts.

You have a traffic ticket. Now what do you do? At some point in each of our lives, we will have to appear in court. In Your Day In Court, a former magistrate explains the court process in a way that is easy to understand.

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Overview

Navigating your way through the courts.

You have a traffic ticket. Now what do you do? At some point in each of our lives, we will have to appear in court. In Your Day In Court, a former magistrate explains the court process in a way that is easy to understand.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595161317
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/20/2000
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Chapter 1 Traffic Court--A Rigged Deck? 3
How Is The Deck Stacked? 4
Who's Who? 6
Chapter 2 Common Misconceptions That Cost You Money 8
License Plates 8
No Proof of Insurance 9
Speeding 10
"Michigan Stops Are Okay." 11
Seat Belts 12
Tinted Windows 12
Dangle-y Things 13
Chapter 3 What Do I Do With This Ticket? 14
The Ticket--Your Special Invitation 14
Civil Infractions 15
Check the Ticket 16
Material Defects 16
PIN defects 17
Decisions, Decisions 18
Your Options 19
A Word About Defaults 22
So you want to have a Hearing 23
Questions To Ask The Clerk 27
Chapter 4 Your Hearing 31
Preparing Your Defense 31
Get to the Point 37
Perspective, perspective, perspective 37
Rehearse 38
Adjournments 38
On the Day of the Hearing 39
The Hearing 41
Common Courtroom Mistakes 43
Sanctions 44
A Word About Points 46
Waiving Fines and Costs 48
After The Hearing-More Waiting 49
Appeals 49
Formal Hearing 50
Chapter 5 Misdemeanors 52
Probable Cause 53
Arraignment 53
A Word About Court Appointed Attorneys... 54
If The Court Accepts The Guilty Plea 58
Be Prepared To Pay 60
Pre-Sentence Investigations 61
Probation 62
Not Guilty Plea 64
Chapter 6 Small Claims 66
Filing The Case 67
Preparing Your Small Claims Case 69
Settling The Case 72
Appeals 72
Collecting The Judgment 73
Chapter 7 The Courthouse Wedding 75
Afterword 79
About the Author 83
Appendix 1 Traffic Accident? 85
Appendix 2 Thank You, Zolton! 87
Appendix 3 Web Sites Of Interest 89
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2005

    Good Advice

    I bought this book after I got a speeding ticket. I'd never been in a courthouse before and it helped me know what I was in for. It also helped me in preparing my defense. The book is centered around Michigan law, but the principles should work just about anywhere. I highly recommend this.

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