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.