Topic: Speeding Ticket in MA, entrapment?

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    mikalhook
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    Feb 9, 2009 at 7:30 am
    Hi, I have a NH drivers license. Several months ago I received a speeding ticket in MA, I think it was for 88 (approx) on a 65 mph interstate. The police officer was in his cruiser, hiding down an embankment, WITH NO LIGHTS ON, no interior or exterior lights at all, this happened late at night, when I was exhausted and had to drive several hours home from the airport. I know I was speeding but do not think I was going as fast as he says he clocked me. There were other cars on the road as well that were speeding but I was the unlucky one. I had 2 people/witnesses in my vehicle that can testify to the fact that he was hiding with no lights on. I was stunned and did not ask to see radar, I know I was not thinking! My first question is: Was this a legal stop? Some people have told me that it is entrapment, which I don't think would wash in court, but is it legal for him to hide in the complete dark like that? I decided to try and fight the ticket, I checked the request for court hearing, promptly mailed the summons and have not heard anything back. This is going on 6 months, what should I do? Do nothing? Call NH DMV where I live? Call state of MA where the ticket was issued? I have no ticket # or info., as I mailed it in!? Thanks for your advice!

     


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    Feb 9, 2009 at 6:43 pm
    Im an ex -cop and in my state it would come down to your word against his and the JudGe will go with the officer 99% of the time . Sorry

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    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:14 am
    Sorry but he is within his rights in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to do what he was doing. Unfortunately it is a legal stop and unless you can get a judge to lower the ticket you are pinned with this one. Some states what he was doing is illegal Mass. is not one of them. You really need to get after the court system in the county you received the ticket or you could get your license revoked that would be even worse.

     

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    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:31 pm
    I have seen Mass and New Hampshire do this all the time on many different Highways.Rt 3, Rt 93, Rt 495, Rt 95 and many smaller roadways.

    I am afraid I have to agree with the others that you are stuck with a ticket either way and will be hard to argue with.

    Although I still think Police Cruisers sitting in the (breakdown lane) eek image with all there lights off is more dangerous than the Speeder going over the speed limit!

    I have seen them do this in Hudson N.H. on routes 111.
    Crazy!

     


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    Feb 11, 2009 at 6:58 am
    I think it's definitely entrapment. While most roads in MA are so bad you can't possibly go above speed limit, here they have it, a beautiful interstate where you can finally step on it and safely go at 90 mph without even noticing it

    Now, on serious note, you are probably already found guilty and consequences will follow soon. Call MA RMV to find out if that's the case. Also, call PD that issued a ticket (find which one based on where you got the ticket). Don't just ignore it. FYI, there is no SOL, it's a civil infraction. Plano traffic ticket attorney

     


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    Feb 11, 2009 at 12:37 pm
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    Originally posted by paulmartin143  I think it's definitely entrapment. While most roads in MA are so bad you can't possibly go above speed limit, here they have it, a beautiful interstate where you can finally step on it and safely go at 90 mph without even noticing it

    Now, on serious note, you are probably already found guilty and consequences will follow soon. Call MA RMV to find out if that's the case. Also, call PD that issued a ticket (find which one based on where you got the ticket). Don't just ignore it. FYI, there is no SOL, it's a civil infraction. Plano traffic ticket attorney


    To let you know all stats that are in budget crunchs have raised there quota's of tickets, they have in CO. as the last three weeks. The road between Sidney NE and Sterling CO now has been giving out tickets, in 30 years here and all the trips I have made never saw anyonegetting one?

     

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