Hi, I'm 22 years old, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and I just recieved my first ticket.
I recently recieved a traffic citation, I believe the exact phrase was "failure to control vehicle", and I'm planning to contest it and would like to know what the best course of action a professional lawyer would recommend. I've heard it's always a better idea to do these things 'trial by mail', because it gives the officers less incentive to complete there part of the legal offensive. (ie no court appearance = no overtime pay) The situation was strange in itself.
I was driving on the freeway with my friends, and as I was turning down the off ramp, this small blue sedan that was creeping up in my rearview mirror showed no signs of reducing it's speed, I didn't panic but I knew that if I couldn't decrease my speed, my car would not be able to handle the turn, (I drive a '97 Dodge Neon), so I tried to pull off to the side of the road and ended up going into the ditch while the blue car zipped right past me. I was stuck down there for 10-15 minutes before a good samaritan came along and used his truck to tow me out. As this is all happening, a cop shows up, waits until I get back up the hill, asks me a few questions, and then writes me a ticket for events he didn't even witness. I told him exactly what happened, between me, the other car, and I even had friends to corroborate my story but he didn't seem interested in talking with them.
I've read online that for moving violations officers can't actually cite you for an infraction they didn't witness but I couldn't verify that one way or the other. I'd really appreciate some council in this matter, as I really don't want to pay the ticket or lose the 4 points off my license.