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Arite you guys i'm going to be straight to the point. I'm from atlanta, ga. I've had two past speeding tickets and i'm turning 21 (so basically when i got them i was not 21). One ticket was for 18mph over and i paid its over (sept 2003). Second was 26mph above the limit (january 2004). Now this second ticket i finally got called to court about a week back and heres what happened.
September 1 - i call the solicitor and talk to her ... shes talking to me like a bitch, i'm talking to her really nicely and just trying to see what will happend ono sept 2 (the court date). She says theres no way she can do anything ... actually theres no way she wants to do anything after i told her i'm from saudi arabia and an international student. Neways i tell her OK see you tomorrow thanks.
September 2 - totally ready for a suspension, its raining pretty bad and wait ATLANTA TRAFFIC SUCKS ASS ... i pick up a frd and drive to the court now the court is pretty far away (almost an hours drive). I was suppose to be there at 9 am sharp. I got there at 9:10 am. Went to the clerk to find out what court room/floor i'm suppose to be in (had to stand in line) took me 5 minutes and i was suppose to be on the 4th floor.
Now, i go to the 4th floor enter the court room exactly at 9:15 am, see the solicitor lady, go up to her and wait theres a line again. Stand in the que to talk to her and let her know i was a little late. Waiting waiting waiting ... and yes finally got to talk to her at 9:24 am, heres exactly our conversation:
Me: hi madam, i'm sorry i was a little late because of the weather but was there a calling already or what?
Her: hi sir, we've already issued a bench warrant please go have a seat !!! (the tone of her voice was very bad)
I'm trying to make this short, so after waiting a few more minutes around 9:34 am, i see her talking to the bailiff, he walks to me tells me to give my stuff to my friend, my wallet, watch, money, phone. I'm like what the crap is going on and he says "i have to take you into custody, since we've issued a bench warrant, the judge and the solicitor have signed it". I didnt know what to do i asked if i could talk to her again or the judge, the answer NO. I talk to my friend for a minute tell him not to tell anybody about this but get help from another friend.
In the meantime, he takes me down into the basement (holding facility of the court), strip search time. I have to take my belt off, my shoe laces, he checks for drugs and everything. ( I HAVE NEVER BEEN INVOLVED IN ANY CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AT ALL, THE TWO TRAFFIC TICKETS IS IT !!!)
Anyway he HANDCUFFS ME, i was like sir is this necessary, his answer : "taking proper measures and following protocol sir", he puts me in a hold cell. Hours go by im in this cell with this other black male. The time around 12:20 pm, totally hungry no water or anything. Theres a bus going to the county jail system. They put me in the bus, i couldnt do crap. Finally, the same bailiff calls the bus to stop, pulls me out (still handcuffed) takes me to the court infront of the judge, the court room is empty. I couldnt talk to her whatsoever. I tried to explain why i was late and she didnt let me. WHAT WAS I BEING HELD FOR ???
So she issues a $200 bond and my court date is moved to November 6th, (this whole time she was mean to me too) they put me back into the cell in the basement. The bailiff lets me know that the next bus comes around 5 pm so just hand in there. (what the hell is that suppose to mean)
5 pm the bus arrives, i'm taken to the county jail. Searched, asked health related questions and around 7pm put in a holding jail. Now heres the scenerio. I'm all dressed up in a suit, young as hell ... and there around 9 other black males all criminal looking, including a couple white males who looked like bums of the street. (no offense here)
Hours pass by notice i've been stuck in this bullshit since 10 am. They finally let me make a phone call at around 8:30 pm, i call my cell since my buddy had it, he picked up and told me they've been tracking me down plus there outside in the waiting room of the county jail. I think alright thank God. He says they have the money, ready to pay the bond so i just wait. Right after that they call me out and take me to the desk person or whatever in there. She says the bond comes out to be around $ 273. And i can make a call to someone to pick me up, i say well there ppl outside waiting to pay. She says well as soon as i give this folder to the identification room, they will fingerprint and take pictures.
Now, the id room is right across, she puts my file there, these two cops are just EFFING TALKING and not doing anything. Its finally 10:30 pm i'm just out of my mind, don't know when the hell i'm getting out. They call me to the room do all that stupid stuff they do. Put me in this other waiting room.
11:30 pm, i'm literally going crazy, mad pissed, starving ... they call my name, its about effing time, the lady at the desk says here your belongings, she gives me my stuff and i go out to see my frds. Thats when i finally get out.
First of all, i've talked to a few ppl already and this is what i've concluded:
1. Even criminals are not treated the way i was, ppl are usually late a few hours and they let them pass by, this was only a traffic ticket.
2. bench warrants dont go out till the end of the day.
3. The solicitor was TOTALLY RACIST.
4. I think i should file a lawsuit. (based on the racism issue and being mistreated ... if you guys know better please let me know what else ???)

I would like for you guys to give good advice, I don't want any stupid or funny remarks please !!!

I'll be checking this thread for all of your responses, and answer any questions if something was not clear. Plus, i want to do something fast.
 

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man i feel for ya, but have no idea in what way to guide you in....but good luck to ya
 

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best advice is call a lawyer... see if Johnny Cockrin is available.
 

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If you were only 30 minutes late for court, they should not have gone to that extreme. Talk to a lawyer and see what he/she says. I would leave out the part about the lady being racist. I think you have more than enough to file a judicial complaint w/o using the "race card".

Also check the time the warrant was filed. I have a hard time believing the judge was given the warrant, signed it, and had it filed in under 45 minutes. Something tells me it was filed with you sitting in the courthouse. If this lady was truely "out to get you", she may have instituted the rest of the series events while you were sitting in the courtroom. If they filed it after you were there, it will be thrown out and sets you up for a civil suit against the court. The time you arrived can be proven by security camera tape of your entrance.

You did not fail to appear, you were just late, that is all. There was/is no reason why this should have happenned to you. If nothing else you have a good claim on a judicial complaint against your buddy the solicitor, not to mention the judge in this case.
 

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Man, if you were black, I'd get Rev Al sharpton all over this.
 

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i dont know what the laws are like in ATL, but in florida if you show up for a bench warrant for a stupid ticket they just put you in a waiting cell until you pay off the ticket or sign the suspension.... if you feel that you are being discriminated call CNN or get legal advise, remember the judge and solictor that you had and spoke to, you can find free legal advise.
 

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Sorry about your plight dude. However, if you ahd murdered someone and had the 100k bail you would've been out of jail in a couple of minutes... :rofl:

Just goes to show you how great our legal system is.... :gay:
 

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wow...seems like alot of bullshit for being simply "late"

I say take her for all she's worth....the ultimate being that she loses her job. :D

Good luck!
 

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Wow. The very first question I have to ask, since you didn't saying anything about it, is did they read you your rights?

There is no way the warrent could have been signed that fast, I find that REALLY hard to believe.

Good luck man!
 

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Unfortunately, in Atlanta, it's not bullshit.

Atlanta does not discriminate when it comes to racism, our political system is built on racism down here. Atlanta is one of the few places that seems to be proud of being caught being corrupt, the stuff they get caught doing and then remain unpunished for is embarrassing. I'm glad that I don't have to say I'm really *from* Atlanta.

In a city like this one, it's not surprising that this happens. I have a female friend who was jailed for two weeks for speeding on her motorcycle. We constantly have "escaped prisoners" walking out of the jails while the people who are supposed to be watching them let them go.

In Atlanta, it's not what you know, or how well you do it, it's who you know, and how much you pay them....

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You probably heard this already but your deep in the heart a da south. If your not a good ol' boy move! Seriously they are Fukd up! It's a different planet down there. I'm a Yankee and they don't take to kindly to me either. I've missed court dates by accident and the worst they do in NJ is fine you an extra $30 and move the court date.
 

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I live in Cobb County (just outside downtown ATL), and got nailed for several offences (no proof insurance, out of date tag, and one other..........) and I got cuffed and arrested on the spot in front of my then wife to be and my mother in law, put in the holding cell, posted bond, the whole deal. I was treated the exact same way.............and I'm white.......musta been my northern accent...........

Take no offence to it (easy for me to say, I know), the justice system is screwed up......you just found out first hand.
 

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the legal system towards racers or car enthusiasts across america is shit. they treat racers the same as murderers. innocent until proven guilty is bullshit. i hate our legal system and the tools running it. the nicer you are the more rude they are to you. a$$holes!
 

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I've had 2 warrents out for my arrest in the atlanta area.

First one was for expired tags I think...I forget. Anyway they just charged me $50 extra over the cost of the original ticket.

Once for 16 mph over the limit....which I swear I had paid....but they said they didn't get payment. Luckily I had already moved out of state so they couldn't arrest me, local police pulled me over when they ran my plates for no reason and just politely informed me I had a warrant and to please not drive again until it was taken care of....so I paid it a 2nd time...of course they still said I had not paid it....so after hours of fighting on the phone (they even hung up on me once) I finally convinced them I had paid it by providing all sorts of proof they had cashed the 2nd check. Then after going like 3 people up the chain they marked me as paid statign they thought that payment was for something else....what else? I don't fucking live there....what else would I sned them money for and why would I have addressed it to the traffic fines area on the envelope? Why would I have called them like 20 times over 6 months trying to make sure it was paid? And they thought it was for something else?

You know your fucked the second you go to get your drivers license in atlanta, be prepared for an all day affair. Where I live now....it's like 15 mins for license, and another 10 for registration.
 

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you were late, it's your fault, when they call your name a warant is made out on the spot if your not there, next time leave early, there are no excuses when it comes to being in court on time, ( if you were in a health emergency or something a lawyer could get a continuance ) sitting around the lobby for 1/2 hour is better than sitting in jail all day, but you found that out the hard way,
 
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