The City of Dallas recently commissioned a report to discover why they weren’t wringing the maximum amount of dollars out of traffic tickets. Among the shocking findings: municipal judges were properly exercising their discretion in allowing Defendants resets in order to hire lawyers and dismissing cases when the officer doesn’t bother to show up. Their recommendation: eliminate your constitutional right to a fair trial in municipal court. I’ve noticed a trend in recent years in municipal courts and this just fits in with it: make it as hard as possible for people to do anything but pay the fine.
City of Dallas Finds “Fair Trials” to be Inconvenient