Traffic Light Camera
The defendant was charged with running a red light by a red light traffic camera. The defendant exercised their right to a trial and at trial the judge was forced to find the defendant not guilty.
"I am putting this one up because it was just so fun. My client had loaned their vehicle to another person. That person accidentally ran a red light and was caught by an automated camera. My client received a citation in the mail demanding payment for a fine or else my client could give up the identity of the driver of the vehicle to get out of the citation. My client, not wanting to do either, demanded a trial. On the day of trial the officer began giving his scripted testimony about the violation but the video and photograph evidence did not match my client. The judge stopped the officer during his testimony to address my client and inquire why my client had not returned the form giving up the identity of the real driver. We politely reminded the judge that we have no such obligation and that the judge should simply dismiss the citation because my client was clearly not the driver. The judge was upset by this dialogue and, after a brief outburst of frustration, dismissed the citation."
Be advised that I never promise a client a particular outcome, details of prior cases should not be taken as an indication that other clients will necessarily see the same results.