28 Cops Gone Bad in Broward County

28 Broward Cops Under Investigation by the State Attorney’s Office Alu Strikes Again; Threatens To Overturn Untold Number of Cases. State Attorney Sheila Alu is at it again and this time her work threatens to throw the courthouse for a real loop. Sheila Alu Assistant State Attorney Alu has delivered to the Public Defenders Office a list of 28 police under investigation by her bosses at the State Attorney’s Office or internal affairs officers of their own departments. The list could throw into question an untold number of criminal cases, past and present. It could overturn trials. “This notice is a notice that the State Attorney has evidence that indicates because of conduct of the police, a client could be innocent,” Public Defender Howard Finkelstein says. “This could be very, very big. It raises a number of questions for our clients,” Finkelstein says. “We just don’t know the ramifications yet.” The Public Defender’s Office has assigned a team of lawyers to research Alu’s documents. They are scrambling to see whether the cops are involved in cases against their clients. Finkelstein says in his 32 years as a lawyer, he has never seen a prosecutor reveal so many cops under investigation at once. “I’ve seen maybe two or three (notices about two or three individual cops) in 32 years,” says Finkelstein. Finkelstein says the document has no explanation of what the officers are being investigated for or even information about when the investigation took place. He also says he doesn’t know what prompted Alu to deliver the notice to one of his assistant public defenders. “Maybe she just wants to do what’s right,” Finkelstein says. “What I am concerned about is that why haven’t we gotten these notices for the past 32 years?”

Traffic Ticket Tips for 2010 from The Traffic Ticket Team

It starts in the pit of your stomach and moves up to your throat and you think “please don’t be pulling me over, I can’t afford to get a traffic ticket”. Unfortunately, you realize it is your car and you have to pull over. First, pull over slowly and don’t cut anyone off. Second, keep your hands on the steering wheel and do not take off your seat belt to get your registration. Just wait painterly until the Police Officer comes to your car and look at him or her with an non expression on your face. The kind of expression that does not say “you busted me” and not the kind of face that says “what the heck are you doing pulling me over”. Just wait and see what he or she says and then remember to follow the instructions below and be calm.

Now that the Police Officer has your information, before he writes a traffic ticket, he is going to run your license plate to make sure your car is not stolen. Then he will run your license to make sure it’s not suspended and confirm you do not have a warrant for your arrest. Not that he feels reasonably safe, he will go in for the kill. He will ask you “Mr. Diamond, do you know why I pulled you over?” Most people at this point want to be helpful and say “because I was speeding, but I am really sorry, please don’t give me a traffic ticket”. The game is over, you just confessed to speeding or whatever it was he pulled your over for. Now the ball is in his court.

The Police Officer will now probably write you a traffic ticket and put a note on it that you admitted it. He may even tell you he clocked you doing 80 in a 40. He may start to lecture you about speeding and the fact that you are an accident waiting to happen. Of course by this time, you will try one of two WRONG approaches. You will first start to argue that there is no way you could be doing 80 miles per hour because your car is not that fast. Or you will say you were just keeping up with traffic and he got the wrong car. Or you might try the other wrong approach and try to be sweet by saying you are sorry but you needed to get to work or you had a date with a hot girl and didn’t want to miss it. Neither of these approaches is smart. Oh and before you think it, I will tell you the “I really have to go to the bathroom” is not good either. He will tell you to think about how much longer it would have taken to get to the bathroom if you crashed along the way.

To win you case in Court the best thing you can do is nothing. First, when he asks you why you think he pulled you over, you should say, “no I don’t” in a very polite tone. When he tells you why he pulled you over, don’t say anything. Don’t say “I wasn’t speeding”. Don’t say “I did not go through that stop sign”. And don’t say “I am sorry, I really had to go to the bathroom”. The reason you should say nothing is you will NEVER win an argument with a cop. And worst of all, he will remember you. You want the entire encounter to be unremarkable. You don’t want him to remember you for being too nice, too argumentative, too sweet, too flirty, or too stupid. Just be vanilla, polite, and make the whole interaction as quick as possible. And for all you cute girls out there, before you decide to take the flirty approach, remember, most Police Officers have quotas, they write tickets for a living and they will take your number if you want to give it to them and see if you really like them by waiting to see if you call after you have been given a traffic ticket.

So you have a traffic ticket and your encounter with the Police Officer was hopefully unremarkable. Then call a traffic ticket lawyer, such as the traffic ticket team, to fight your ticket. And whatever you do, do not call some random ticket clinic that says they fight traffic tickets when in fact they are trying to get you in the door to do some other kind of legal work for you. Let the traffic ticket team help with the cop. Let us tell the Judge what a SOB the cop was. Let the traffic ticket team lawyer do your dirty work in the courtroom. Because the courtroom is the only place where the playing field between cop and defendant is almost even. I say almost because unless the cop is known by the Judge for being an SOB or liar, the Judge will defer to the cop most of the time. But no worries. A traffic ticket team lawyer can usually have ninety nine percent of their tickets end with no points and no traffic school. In fact, about half are dismissed outright if you hire a good traffic ticket team lawyer. So the next time you get pulled over by the cops. Remember, stay cool, keep your hand on the wheel, be polite and make the whole encounter as unremarkable as possible.

A lot of people want to know what qualifications they should look for when hiring a traffic ticket lawyer. Well, here is just a sample of one lawyer’s qualifications who also happens to be a partner at The Traffic Ticket Team. Jason A. Diamond, Esq. has been a Trial Lawyer for the Broward County Public Defender’s Office, defending clients accused of felonies, misdemeanors and juvenile crimes. Jason Diamond has had numerous jury trials and even more bench trials in front of many Judges. He graduated from the University of Florida with Honors, and Nova Southeastern School of Law. Mr. Diamond is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida, the Federal Bar for the Southern District of Florida, and the Federal Bar for the Middle District of Florida since 1995. Mr. Diamond is also admitted in the prestigious Colorado Federal Bar. Mr. Diamond has been an Adjunct Professor, teaching law at Broward Community College in Davie Florida and Barry University in Miami. Mr. Diamond has presented traffic ticket clinics throughout Florida explaining what to do and not do if you get a traffic ticket or DUI. To date, Mr. Diamond’s Lawyers have handled over 1,000,000 (One Million) traffic tickets. The Traffic Ticket Team was founded over ten years ago and has 8 locations throughout the State of Florida. Mr. Diamond’s traffic ticket team of lawyers has over 50 years of combined experience. Most importantly, the Traffic Ticket Team has s 99% success rate in keeping points and traffic school of their client’s records. For more information, go to http://www.trafficticketteam.com or call 1-866-433-3363.

The Traffic Ticket Team has completed over 500,000 cases. We will give a Free Consultation and have 5 local offices. We Guarantee that if you get points on your license we will refund the attorneys fee you paid us. Before you use a random traffic clinic call us.

Teens, Texting & Driving

Half of U.S. teens with cell phones admit talking on them while driving and a third say they’ve written text messages while they were at the wheel, according to a report released Monday. According to the study by the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C, which surveyed 800 teens up to age 17:

* 75 percent of teens have a cell phone, and more than half of them say they have talked on their cell phone while driving.

* 40 percent say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone “in a way that put themselves or others in danger.”

* 48 percent of teens say they have been in a car when the driver was texting.

* More than one-third of teens ages 16 or 17 who text say that have texted while driving.

Peter Andros, 16, of Maitland said he’s aware that some friends have had close calls while driving and texting. “It’s a problem, no question,” he said.

Peter was in Longwood on Saturday taking a driving lesson with Florida Safety Council instructor Victoria Mooney, who’s also a Seminole County deputy sheriff and a school resource officer.  “It’s frightening,” Mooney said. “There are so many other distractions on the road anyway.” Not long ago, she watched a motorist drive up on a curb while texting.  “The focus needs to be on the road,” she said. “Just using a cell phone is bad enough, and now texting — it just has no place while you’re driving.” With teens, distracted driving holds a particular threat, she said. “Young drivers don’t have enough experience to know better. So many of them have to learn the hard way.”

The study contained some troubling comments from the teenagers surveyed. One high-schooler said he thinks texting while driving is “fine,” adding “I wear sunglasses so the cops don’t see [his eyes looking down].” A girl said that her “sister does it, despite my mother’s warnings. So does my brother and my friends despite my warnings.”they made distinctions between reading texts while driving, and actually typing out the answers. “And if I do text while I’m driving,” said one teen, “I usually try to keep the phone up near the windshield, so if someone is braking in front of me or stops short, I’m not going to be looking down and hit them.”  The Pew study was released in advance of a workshop on distracted driving that the Federal Communications Commission plans to hold on Friday in Washington. Industry experts, members of government and the public will participate. If you get caught texting while driving, call Jason Diamond at the Traffic Ticket Team, http://www.trafficticketteam.com or email Attorney@trafficticketteam.com 954-967-9888.