Vengeancia I got a traffic ticket recently and have been doing some investigating regarding the topic of warrants that issue as a result of a US Person’s FTA, or Failure to Appear. The article below gives fairly standard advice for the legal U.S. Person to handle the situation, primarily hiring an attorney or re-presenting yourself. But these options are not appealing to me. I do not want to re-present myself as a US Person = US Citizen. I want to BE myself, a woman created by God, not government.
The option that I choose when presented with a stupid ticket when there’s no injured party or damages is, “I’ll take that on advisement and no thanks to the ticket. Here’s a copy of my Fee Schedule.”
If you are a user of marijuana, check out these ideas at NORML, which don’t appear to offer any better advice for those people either, in my opinion:
The state has decriminalized marijuana to some degree. Typically, decriminalization means no prison time or criminal record for first-time possession of a small amount for personal consumption. The conduct is treated like a minor traffic violation.
I’m soooo over the false left/right paradigm. It’s time for the men and women, especially minorities, to stand up and sue anyone who violates your rights. Forget attempting to get some fictional collective, some so-called “moral majority,” to agree with you.
“Arch-conservatives who passionately denounce marijuana and homosexuality wax eloquent against the “victimless criminalization” of gun owners.” Read more on our right to own guns from Don B. Cates.
Don’t we all have a right to make use of the public roads without fear of being hassled by police looking primarily to generate revenue at our expense? The second part of the 9th Amendment is called “The Rights Retained by the People Clause.” This clause states that any rights that naturally belong to human beings, that are not specifically listed in the Constitution, are still protected rights.
How about taking the plunge and recognizing that you are a sovereign “people,” on the land in the American Republic, aka a Freeman? What options exist for the sovereign to handle a traffic ticket, failure to appear, bonds, warrants, etc?
In January 2011, Barack Obama admitted in his speech re: the situation in Egypt, that all governments must maintain power through consent, not coercion. This admission made an impact on me. It got me thinking. If all government is by consent, then why are these police, magistrates, etc., threatening to throw me in jail if I say, “no thanks,” to their control?
“It [The U.S. Constitution] must be interpreted in the light of Common Law, the principles and history of which were familiarly known to the framers of the Constitution. The language of the Constitution could not be understood without reference to the Common Law.” U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649, 18 S. Ct. 456. Read more.
As a result of my adventures in legal land and research, it appears to me that the local police, magistrates, etc. are acting unlawfully when they do not recognize the peoples’ wishes to live our lives free of control and coercion. I’ve started a new project, Get Out and Stay Out of Jail. There, you will learn Seven Steps to Freedom and how to reclaim your rights to your body, your life, your car, your children, your home, etc. through a lawful process known to the American founders and enshrined in the 7th Amendment as well as the U.S. Code.
Be forewarned: ours is not an easy process or a quick fix. And to be truthful, since it’s brand new, I haven’t seen it implemented all the way through yet. But I have confidence that the theory is sound, and all evidence so far points to a successful outcome for cases that have been started in New Jersey and Florida.
My friends and I are in the process of working the steps and believe we will be successful in proving the soundness of our approach. However, we recommend that you begin practicing these steps using a very simple traffic ticket. You should read the steps all the way through and become totally familiar with the process by researching and asking questions before starting down the path.
Apparently, a Failure to Appear, FTA, results when a U.S. Person (not a people) violates their promise to appear. You promise to appear in court when you sign the traffic ticket. Here’s a sample code that is typical of most states:
3.04.080 Violation of promise to appear
A. It is unlawful for any person to fail to, or refuse to, appear in municipal court after affixing his signature to a summons and complaint as his personal recognizance and promise to appear on the date and time specified.
B. Violation of this section is punishable the same as the original charge, or, if there were more than one (1) original charge, the same as the most serious offense charged.
So, what if you don’t promise to appear? Well, that’s called not consenting to tyranny!
The American founders were all over this. So why are we, the peeps in America rolling over and allowing horrific violations to our rights that no self-respecting patriot would have ever tolerated?
Start down the path to freedom here.
TVLF Here is a problem that every day ordinary people deal with all the time. They are too busy! Too busy to get their oil changed, too busy to get groceries, too busy to go to court and make the appearance date on the back of the ticket that was listed in 8pt font so that you couldn’t read it to begin with. We understand all of this.
We also understand that municipalities give less and less time to make the appearance before they put your case into warrant status. For instance some courts only allow 10 days to appear on a traffic citation before they issue a second ticket for “violation of promise to appear” (VPTA’s for short) and put both the original citation and the new ticket in warrant. Even worse, if you have multiple traffic citations on the same ticket and miss the appearance date listed on the traffic ticket, the court could issue multiple VPTA’s and warrants.
The new VPTA ticket could cost you up to $600.00 in some courts if it is not dismissed. If you think this practice is unfair, you are preaching to the choir. If you have concerns about hiring an attorney to help you lift your traffic ticket warrants, read below to understand the difference between lifting the warrants yourself and retaining a traffic ticket lawyer to help you lift the warrants.
I Want to Save Money. Can I lift my Traffic Ticket Warrants without Having to Hire an Attorney?
Here are the two options a person has if they want to represent themselves to dispose of the traffic ticket warrants:
1. Post a Cash Bond
This means you will have to post the full amount of the traffic ticket (usually $300 to $500 per traffic ticket) and you will have to appear in court. That is right! You will have to take off work at least one day (and maybe more) to appear before the judge of the court and explain why you missed your court date and why he should allow you to keep the traffic citations off your record. Further, you stand the risk of losing all the cash you posted towards the fines assessed for your original traffic tickets.
2. Time Served
Sit in jail. This is usually done when you get pulled over with outstanding warrants for traffic tickets and the officer chooses to arrest you on site. Once you have served enough time in jail for your traffic tickets, the judge can grant you time served to resolve the matter. The problem with this method is that time served is the same as pleading guilty to the underlying traffic tickets. This means that they will go on your record and be reported to DPS. Once they are reported to DPS, this agency can then assess civil penalties depending on the traffic tickets that were issued and you have to pay for your traffic tickets all over again! Time served is the least beneficial way to take care of most traffic citations in a post-surcharge era.
The bottom line is that warrants and fees for traffic tickets can easily surpass a month’s worth of paychecks if you are not careful. But even if you currently have traffic ticket warrants we can help you get out of this vicious cycle by posting an attorney’s bond which will lift the traffic ticket warrants and to represent you on the underlying traffic offenses.
Our fee for posting an attorney bond for warrants on traffic tickets are normally substantially less than you would have to pay if you posted the cash bond discussed in number 1 above. Further, the fee paid to our office includes representation at the first pre-trial hearing that the court sets after the warrant is lifted. In most cases, this means that you will normally not have to appear in court after we lift the warrants for traffic tickets.
Further, once the warrants for traffic tickets have been lifted we still have the opportunity to review your citations to determine if there is any legal reason to have the traffic tickets dismissed. Dismissal of your traffic tickets most certainly would not be an option given to you if you posted cash bonds and chose to represent yourself for your traffic tickets. The prosecutor is not there to be your friend in that situation. They are there to (1) get a conviction or plea and (2) insure that the cash bond is applied to the fine amounts owed.