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Traffic ticket outside of jurisdiction

I received a ticket for single occupancy in a carpool lane. The ticket was given to me by a Newport Beach police officer in Costa Mesa (about ten miles away from Newport Beach). What does the law say, if anything, about this? Do I have a good chance of beating it if I try?Thanks,Trying to beat traffic

Asked on June 30, 2009 under Insurance Law, California

Answers:

J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

I am a lawyer in CT and practice in this area of the law.  If the police officer did not have jurisdiction to pull you over, then you can get it dismissed.  However, you should not want to take the risk here - trust me.  You want to go to court and work out a deal where you give some kind of charitable contribution that you can write off on your tax return.  If you lose the motion to dismiss for whatever reason, you will have no sympathy to then make a deal and your insurance rate will go up costing you real money when your policy comes up for renewal.  The path of least resistance is always the best- i.e. pick and chose your battles wisely.  this is not one to fight.


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