“I’m losing my patience! You are about to go to jail!”
July 13, 2014
Two California Highway Patrol officers in Southern California have been caught on video trying their best to intimidate, threaten and coerce a woman to give up her rights while issuing her a traffic citation. While being issued the citation, the woman did not discuss the merits of the charge and never refused to sign the citation- she merely invoked, as is all motorist’s right, what is very clearly outlined in the California Vehicle Code, Section 40502 (b).
As CA law clearly states as outlined by the State legislature and on the Department of Motor Vehicle website,
V C Section 40502 Place to Appear
40502. The place specified in the notice to appear shall be any of the following:
(b) Upon demand of the person arrested, before a judge or other magistrate having jurisdiction of the offense at the county seat of the county in which the offense is alleged to have been committed. This subdivision applies only if the person arrested resides, or the person’s principal place of employment is located, closer to the county seat than to the magistrate nearest or most accessible to the place where the arrest is made.
The point of contention between the woman and the officers was simply that she has a right to demand to appear at the County Seat, but the two traffic cops didn’t agree. In fact they got quite irate when this woman was asking for the county seat.
However, in the end, after all their whining and screaming the cops were forced to abide by her request.