Before you decide to have absolute faith in our justice system, consider this.
I got run over by a truck that is the Alameda County Superior Court.
On September 15, 2012 I got a ticket for not having a copy of my current insurance in the car. Coincidentally and by happenstance, my insurance rolls on the 15th of September. I receive the courtesy notice in the mail and make a copy of my new insurance card and pay the $25 dollar fine for not having it in the car. Why wasn’t it in the car? I run about six weeks behind in reading my personal mail. I try and pull out the important stuff. I did’t see it come in.
I receive back from the County of Alameda a letter denying my proof of insurance. Say what? It’s no good because it’s dated the same day as my ticket. Here is verbatim what the letter said.
“Insurance proof is not valid. Auto liability of insurance must show you had cover on the day you were stop. Policy date shown on the exact day is not acceptable as proofs of correction”
Not only that, there was no further instructions in the letter. OK, what do I do now? I did nothing. The next communication I received was a $910 fine, followed by a $1210 fine and a suspended license. Seriously.
I go down to Alameda County to get in front of the judge and the clerk refuses. She’s pretty much a bitch so I start yelling at her. Here comes the Deputy. Did I mention we are in Oakland? I explain to the Deputy what my issue is and he says “You have a point, you need to speak with a supervisor”. That bitch treats me like a criminal. Finally she says “write a letter to the Traffic Commissioner”. I do that the follow day. Naturally it is a very well written letter with dates and facts and shit like that. I mail in on a Friday. How can you not respect this paragraph?
I have had CSAA for several years, (bank statements substantiating this are attached). The fact that the ticket was issued on the renewal date is happenstance. Perhaps I should have done a better job of following up at this point, however, in my defense, I did everything correctly and there were no futher instructions in the letter. Judging by the quality of the English in the letter and in consideration of the lack of options that I was afforded (none) I responded accordingly and did nothing. The fact is I provided the correct documentation and the fine in a timely manner. The Court failed to respond correctly and left me no options of how I should proceed.
On Tuesday I receive a denial from some freaking clerk from the Alameda County Superior Court. It never got to the Traffic Commissioner.
Now I am a real estate broker showing property with a suspended license. And these assholes want me to pay them $1210 to get my license back even though I lost it because of their mistake. I hire my attorney. She has gotten me out of all sorts of nonsense, including failure to appears. Yes, appears. She’s done that more than once. This is a simple fix it ticket. Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot! She is denied too. Are you kidding me?
Tomorrow I am paying the fine to the robber barons that do their collections so that I can get my driver’s license back. I will spend two hours at the DMV tomorrow. There are no words for the rage I have towards the County of Alameda Superior Court Traffic Division right now. Their incompetence let a $25 fine turn into a $1255 fine. Not counting the $400 I paid my attorney for them to ignore her. It is just the government being thieves. It’s wrong and my next step is filing a claim against the County. They screwed with the wrong malcontent.