Is illegible writing a defense to a Vermont traffic ticket?

Is this type of handwriting a defense to a Vermont traffic ticket?

Is this type of handwriting a defense to a Vermont traffic ticket?

According to a recent article by vtdigger.org over 9,000 Vermont traffic tickets were dismissed last year, many as a result of an officer’s poor handwriting.

Although it is not clear exactly how many were dismissed as a result of the officer’s chicken scratch, this puts into real question many of the tickets that are issued each year.  If a motorist cannot understand the substance of the ticket, how can they present a defense at their trial?  This raises a gamete of due process and procedural questions that a judge may consider when presiding over a traffic ticket trial.

Have a ticket that you cannot read?  Feel that the Vermont police officer may have cited the wrong violation?  Call Attorney Evan Chadwick for a free consultation.

 

 

 

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