From the TheNewspaper.com, comes a story about a county attorney in Arizona throwing out the criminal prosecution cases against scores of Arizona drivers that were brought by a speed detection machine that took photos of speeding cars.
The photos were the only evidence offered in cases that included charges of reckless driving and criminal speeding. If convicted, the criminal charges could have resulted in license suspension, fines and even jail time. Said Maripoca County Attorney Andrew Thomas: “You have to have a witness.”
This story is a great reminder of why the constitution protects criminal rights. If you are facing criminal charges – whether for reckless driving, tax evasion or even violent crime – you still have rights, and those include consulting a criminal defense attorney. Using your rights will ensure that a machine doesn’t put you behind bars.