I must admit, I am a Sacramento criminal attorney who focuses on traffic violations, so for a living I work to fight for people to beat their Sacramento traffic tickets. And I’ve got a bunch of tricks up my sleeve in the way of information and skill I’ve learned over the years in how to deal with traffic tickets. Although I must admit I don’t get every traffic ticket reduced or dismissed that I see, I do take care of a lot of them. But today I’m here for a different reason. I’m here to help you fight your own traffic ticket by letting you in on one of the aces up my sleeve, if you will. These “aces” are called jurisdiction and venue. Before I get into how they can help you with your traffic citation, let me explain what they are. Jurisdiction is the power of a court to make a decision in your case.
Without jurisdiction a court would not be able to make a ruling or decide your case. Venue is like jurisdiction in some ways, but is even less complicated than that. Venue is simply the place where your case must be heard. If the jurisdiction and venue are improper, the case must be dismissed, as it can’t be resolved in the court you are in. Let me caution, before you read this, that you should consult an attorney before you fight your own case. There are exceptions to every rule and you don’t want to go in guns a blazing relying on this information and lose because you didn’t know something (also a good reason to hire a traffic attorney to help you). Fighting for your own cases can be satisfying but it never hurts to have the advice of an actual professional supplementing your defense.