Speeding ticket goes horribly wrong for ‘sovereign citizen’

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A prime example of why I recommend that you let me negotiate your traffic ticket for you. Lawyers get good deals on traffic tickets not because we raise a fuss, but because the DA cannot try every traffic ticket… but they CAN try ONE. Your best defense is usually to be one of the masses, not to be “that guy” that deserves the DA’s special attention.

THE RANT

Bumper stickers associated with the sovereign citizens movement (photo from the Southern Law Poverty Center) Bumper stickers associated with the sovereign citizens movement (photo from the Southern Law Poverty Center)

A would-be speeding ticket in Lee County became 30 months of supervised probation and 160 hours of community service for a self-proclaimed “sovereign citizen” last week.

A Cary Man [name not published … read editor’s note at end of the story] was pulled over by a state trooper in Lee County for speeding a few months back, and instead of cooperating and providing his license and registration, the man rolled down his window about an inch and told the officer he wouldn’t comply. According to reports, he also advised the officer to “get back-up.”

This led to multiple officers forcing the man out of his car and arresting him for resisting an officer.

The man claimed to belong to the sovereign citizens movement, which according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, holds “truly bizarre…

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