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California driver contesting a speeding ticket in West Virginia

A person with a California driver's license gets a speeding ticket while driving through West Virginia. The speed alleged on the ticket was 15 miles over the posted limit. What would be the insurance consequences if the driver simply paid off the ticket without contesting it? How could the driver find out more information about whether s/he should contest the ticket, or plead guilty to a lower speed? In what state should the person be looking for a lawyer to best answer her/his questions? What should be this person's next step? Also, would the answers be different if the alleged speed was 10 (or 9, or 5, or whatever) miles over the posted limit?
posted by mediareport on Apr 23, 2014 - 4 answers

 

He shot the sheriff, but he swears ..

Has anyone in the US ever been acquitted of killing an on-duty police officer on grounds of self-defense?
posted by LonnieK on Apr 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Is it just me, or was this weird?

I was out walking on a bike path near my house just now (after dark) and encountered someone driving an unmarked SUV who claimed to be a police officer. I took him at his word, but am now rethinking it and slightly freaked out. Was this within the realm of normal cop behavior? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Apr 12, 2014 - 23 answers

Should my parents pursue this matter of mistreatment by police?

Should my parents pursue this matter of civil rights, social justice, and mistreatment by police? [more inside]
posted by 1270AEH on Mar 30, 2014 - 25 answers

Help me find this news story involving a policeman and a prostitute

I am not sure I recall the details correctly, but I am amused by a news story in my memory. I think my memory is accurate, so here goes. A police officer is testifying in court about his (commercial and sexual) relationship with a prostitute, with whom he had sex in the course of an anti-prostitution sting. The officer is questioned by opposing counsel about whether he climaxed. He explains that he did, but that he didn't take any pleasure in it. Can you give me a link to this news story or tell me where I read it?
posted by Mr. Justice on Mar 21, 2014 - 3 answers

What the heck is going on?

I've gotten a pair of phone calls that seem too weird to be unrelated when they're so close together but I can't make head or tails about what it could mean. [more inside]
posted by charred husk on Feb 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Estranged parents threatening to call police

I'd just like opinions on how to handle the potential situation of a police officer and relative showing up at my apartment at the request of other family members. More relevant details inside: [more inside]
posted by velebita on Feb 4, 2014 - 18 answers

Using Police K-9 to smell bedbugs in apartment.

My sister lives in an apartment complex that has routine maintenance checks. She informed me that tomorrow they will be coming through everyones apartments to check filters etc etc. She also told me that they bring a police and their K-9 unit with them to check for bedbugs. I was shocked when she told me this and can't believe that this is even legal to do. How are they able to use the police and their dogs to search for bedbugs? How is this legal?
posted by Sweetmag on Feb 3, 2014 - 34 answers

Reporting an Impersonation of a Police Officer

Today I was talked to by an older man who I believe was impersonating a police officer, but without any harm or foul intent. Should I follow up on it, and if so, is there a way to do it without ruining his life? [more inside]
posted by Deflagro on Dec 23, 2013 - 44 answers

Looking for gifset of a kid dancing while getting arrested

A while back, on tumblr, I saw a gif-set of some kids dancing. One of the kids is then arrested by the police, but then the camera zooms in on his feet, and you can see that he's still dancing even as he's getting arrested. Does anyone have a link for this? I can't seem to find it now, and it's driving me batty.
posted by Greg Nog on Dec 21, 2013 - 4 answers

My ex-girlfriend assaulted me. Now what?

My ex-girlfriend assaulted me, damaged my property, and kicked in a door to a public establishment where I was hiding from her. What's going to happen now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2013 - 20 answers

Math for CSI

My girlfriend is applying for to work for the city as a crime lab trainee, a position they will train her for, but will be tested for basic knowledge (they are looking for someone with a two-year degree, apparently in anything). The test will include math. What do you think she will need to be sure she's solid on? [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Nov 1, 2013 - 7 answers

The ins and outs of having a car stolen in Chicago

Our car was stolen. Police here seem to shrug it off. Is there anything else I should or could be doing, or just take it as a rather abrupt lesson in the transience of possessions? [more inside]
posted by sixtyten on Sep 26, 2013 - 16 answers

Murder investigations and the trial verdict

If a defendant is found not-guilty following a murder trial do the police re-open the case and continue to search for the true murderer? [more inside]
posted by mousepad on Sep 24, 2013 - 15 answers

Delayed Police Visit - Is this a real thing

A police officer showed up to our house today stating that there was a complaint about reckless driving involving our vehicle. Six hours earlier. When we first hesitated to answer and asked for more details, it turns out this police officer was off duty and witnessed this supposed reckless driving. He threatened to write us a ticket when he showed up to our house. More information inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2013 - 31 answers

first traffic violation ticket-- should I get a lawyer?

I got a ticket for "disobeying traffic control device" for $138 and 2 points on my license. I've only ever had parking tickets in the past so I don't know if I'm supposed to fight this or what? [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Aug 30, 2013 - 19 answers

Why wear a Tyvek suit for a Perp Walk?

I've noticed that the NYPD has a habit of doing perp-walks with the suspect in a Tyvek suit. Why? [more inside]
posted by wrok on Aug 25, 2013 - 3 answers

Should I send my ex-wife an article on "Sensory Processing Disorder"?

I am recently divorced as of August 7. I believe one of the contributing factors leading to divorce was my ex-wife's tactile defensiveness. [more inside]
posted by speedoavenger on Aug 17, 2013 - 24 answers

Should I have called the police?

Should I have called the police? And in the future, when should I? [more inside]
posted by rawralphadawg on Aug 10, 2013 - 26 answers

First interview for a sworn police position.

I've scored a first interview for a sworn position with a local police department! What questions should I be preparing for? I am already preparing answers for: "why law enforcement?" "why this agency?" "what do you know about our city?" "what are your strengths/weaknesses?" "what is reasonable suspicion/probable cause?" "what are you doing to prepare yourself for the work?" "where do you see yourself in five years?" The interview is supposed to last about a half hour. [more inside]
posted by kavasa on Jul 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Recovering stolen property without the police?

Looking for advice on how to recover stolen property if I know the thief's identity but the police won't act. [more inside]
posted by aqhong on Jul 19, 2013 - 16 answers

Missing persons' email accounts

I'm curious as to what the protocol is for police being able to access the email accounts of someone who has gone missing. If the person has no living relatives to grant permission, can the police still access the missing person's email? How many days does someone have to be missing before the police are allowed to read their private emails?
posted by egeanin on Jun 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Sound of da police

Why do police cars use different variations of their sirens? Sometimes it's a full on siren, but other times it's "woop...woop...woop" with a second or two in between. And other times they don't turn on the sirens at all but just haul ass down the street with the lights flashing. I thought it was about reducing noise to the neighbors if it's late at night, but that isn't the case. I haven't been able to figure out a pattern. Is it something about the urgency of where they're going to?
posted by RabbleRabble on Jun 21, 2013 - 15 answers

Are trespassing charges worth the hassle?

Help us decide if girlfriend and I should press trespassing charges against girlfriend's father, and how to do it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2013 - 9 answers

How does ballistic forensics work?

Can someone who understands forensics or firearms (or who just reads more mystery novels than I do) explain how ballistic forensics is not easily circumvented? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jun 12, 2013 - 20 answers

Fighting family

I lent my cousin a very special item. Now they won't give it back. Do I fight or retreat? [more inside]
posted by mumimor on May 31, 2013 - 40 answers

Sprial, Season 1, Episode 8?

What the heck is going on in Spiral, Season 1, Episode 8? *SPOILERS UNDER THE CUT* [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on May 24, 2013 - 0 answers

I'm pretty sure the first letter was G, but maybe it as a 2.

How do police departments use/search partial license plate information in their investigations? Or incomplete information about cars generally? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 18, 2013 - 5 answers

What to do about crappy vandal neighbor kids... a bit wordy/snowy inside

Do I continue to 'play dumb' and continue to make attempts to just be a friendly neighbor (while still calling the police for extreme disturbances)? Do I make the police cookies and ask for them to drive my block more often? [more inside]
posted by leemleem on Apr 15, 2013 - 21 answers

Resources for desiging a fitness room for our public safety building.

Can anyone recommend resources for designing a fitness room for a public safety building? Including: blueprints for room dimensions equipment recommendation anything else I can't think of? [more inside]
posted by maleru on Apr 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Detective Says I'm A Witness, But Won't Say To What?

I know you are not my lawyer. I have a Kafkaesque situation invovling the cops. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2013 - 51 answers

Song-stuck-in-my-head-filter

What's the name of that Tokyo Police Club song where "Tokyo Police Club" is one of the lyrics?
posted by 256 on Mar 24, 2013 - 1 answer

Acquaintance is a child sex offender. What now?

I recently learned that an acquaintance is a convicted child sex offender. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2013 - 22 answers

How Can I Find Out What City Police Dept's Use Dash Cams?

What cities in the United States have police departments that utilize dash cams? Which don't? I thought most did and I am finding out that's not the case. Surely somebody, somewhere keeps tabs on this issue as volatile as it is. [more inside]
posted by Gerard Sorme on Mar 5, 2013 - 4 answers

Any good depictions of Women in the military/police service?

Just wondering if anyone knew of some depictions of women (either TV or film) in uniformed roles that pass the Bechdel test. Bechdel test being where two named women have a conversation about something other than a man. I'm racking my brain but can't think of any.
posted by Saebrial on Feb 24, 2013 - 47 answers

Egging!

My family's house was egged. What can I do, and how should I react? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Feb 8, 2013 - 16 answers

Help me find a Police concert video from the early 1980s?

There's a particular Police concert video that I'm seeking. Does anyone know which concert I'm describing? [more inside]
posted by germdisco on Jan 31, 2013 - 9 answers

Hey! I'm walkin' here!

What should a pedestrian do if hit by a car? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jan 16, 2013 - 25 answers

Songs about cops?

For my partner's birthday (happy birthday, dude!) I'd like to make a playlist of songs about cops. Help me make go beyond the obvious. [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Jan 7, 2013 - 65 answers

Why do so many cop shows feature footage from Ohio?

Why do so many cop shows feature footage from Ohio? [more inside]
posted by halseyaa on Dec 25, 2012 - 3 answers

Search warrant in Indiana

In the State of Indiana, is it legal for the police to stop you from entering your house while they are waiting to obtain a search warrant? Can you point me to any statutes or literature that addresses this issue?
posted by Ggardner on Dec 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Law enforcement in 19th century Zanzibar

In Zanzibar in 1870, was there any kind of law enforcement? If so, what kind? [more inside]
posted by pgswim on Dec 14, 2012 - 2 answers

It had a jacket that said "do not pet"

As I was walking through the student union today (that's a sort of food court / general conference room area in the center of campus) I came across a K-9 unit with a dog that was sniffing people as they walked past. Down the hall there were three other officers watching. Is this just trolling to catch people with drugs, or is it likely that they were trying to find something or someone in particular?
posted by codacorolla on Dec 10, 2012 - 12 answers

We told them we're the wrong people and they don't believe us. How to stay safe?

Gang members think someone who owes them money lives at our house. They are wrong and we told them so twice. Then they came back at night and threw a brick through our window. We immediately went to a hotel and have already signed a rental agreement elsewhere. However, I am scared to go pack up the house. Is that rational, and if so, what recourse do we have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2012 - 25 answers

Police Ride-Alongs, A Legal Question

How much privilege do regular citizens on a Ride-Along have? [more inside]
posted by mousepad on Nov 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Drug-dealer Problems

A man in my neighborhood is selling drugs, and from what I can tell its something hard. I want to report this anonymously to the police. I'm afraid of retribution if he or any of his associates find out about this. I'm confident I've identified him on Facebook. What materials should I include with my report? How likely is it to be followed up on?
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2012 - 18 answers

Do I also have the right to interview several lawyers?

Don't talk to the police is convincing and sound advice. Getting a lawyer to represent you so that the police don't trick you into a conviction is a great idea. However, when someone is unexpectedly taken into police custody, how they find a suitable attorney on the spot to defend them? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Aug 28, 2012 - 22 answers

EMS and Police peeps: want to hear your thoughts and opinions!

For the EMS/medic/police/etc. group, a question - how do you cope with what you see on a daily basis? Does it wear on you, psychologically? Any other tips for someone looking at going into the EMS field? Tips for one looking into the police field, specifically women officers? [Bunch of long-winded questions inside! =P] [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Aug 14, 2012 - 16 answers

My neighbour cries a lot, and I'm worried

My neighbour is clearly in distress - what do I do? [more inside]
posted by catch as catch can on Aug 14, 2012 - 22 answers

Crime is everywhere, crime, crime!

Help me get my head on straight regarding a recent suspicious activity report we submitted and the police visit that resulted. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Aug 11, 2012 - 21 answers

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