Originally Posted by VADIVER
Sorry, but this just doesn't make sense to me. Private lawyers are the ones working at an hourly rate. If they have to do more work they charge you for it and you pay more in legal fees. Prosecutors do not work by the hour and if someone is attempting to be difficult, they do not have to worry about the resources. The resources are all taxpayer dollars and they will get a pay check regardless of how many times the charges have to be filed. Look at the Duke rape case. A prosecutor can make your life much more difficult than you can make his. Then again, maybe things are different in Texas.
It seems to me, there seems to be more incentive for a citizen to just pay the ticket and move on, than to create issues. Of course, that is how the system is designed.
You are right, the prosecutor has a ton more resources at his disposal, however, he is also paid a ton less than his defense counterpart, and is doing 2 or 3 times the amount of work.
THE REALITY IN TEXAS: They (the local courts) are in business to make money. Very few traffic tickets (that I have gotten) have anything to do with upholding justice or saving the community from gangs of rouge bikers. The traffic ticket system in Houston is designed to make money, and it does. They have now recently gone (in Houston) to eliminating the middle man (LEO), and just setting up automatic camera systems. This works, and they make tons of money. The prosecutor has 99 out of 100 people that just pay. They don't really care, they just want out, here's the money. That one guy that is going to take up two days of his life, he really doesn't care about. It's not like I have victims he will have to answer to, he (the prosecutor) just wants to be left alone to collect from the other 99 peaceful constituents. If my lawyer can give him a good reason to let me off the hook (ie: the charges say driveway, not Way Drive), the guy just drops the charges, and lets me walk.
To be clear, if there are other forces at work, say from a traffic accident or where they really have victims to answer to, annoyance is not a very good defense tactic, and will probably only lead to a more vigorous prosecution. You should also be very clear with your lawyer about how much it will cost. Here in Houston, we have traffic court law firms, that will truly "get you off" for less than $50.
Just doin' what works for me......
Sidenote: Unfortunately the vast majority of the traffic offenders are poor, minority, and/or uneducated. Don't believe me? Go look at the racial profile of any normal traffic court docket. I'd be surprised if there are 5 white males out of 100 offenders. Ever wonder why???
My personal opinion is that they already have a generally defeated sense when it comes to the court system, and they just pay.