bnicolas wrote:you should have just paid a lawyer!
like what i suggested anyway you learn the really hard wayand got off easily no record no going back to stock engine too much hustle
I did consult 2 lawyers, the 1st lawyer , the lawyer for the dealership I work for. He handles all the traffic citation and accident cases in our dealership (that happens when we are on a road test). I explained to him my situation and asked him about what you suggested on this forum. He said that if I stood in front of the judge, and tell him what you said here, he would just laugh or get really pissed off. He said that word games like "traveling" is not "driving" is not something you use as a defense in a court that handles these type of cases on regular basis. If you are behind the wheel you are driving...And driving is a privilege and not a right... The California vehicle code apply to all vehicles in California that are on California public roads not just for commerce.If it was for commerce, then anyone can just do what they want, which does not make sense... The second Lawyer in Pasadena said he could represent me, but the outcome would be the same, and I would be out the retainer, so I opted not to have a lawyer represent me. If you could cite a case law where the law of commerce was used successfully in a similar case like mine, I would really appreciate it so that I could have a traffic lawyer check it out before my next court date. When I was a Police officer back in 1998, I admit that I did not know about the emission law requirements for smog exempt vehicle either. We usually have the motor unit to turn to and ask what the exact VC to write someone up. I do want to thank you for you input, it was worth a shot.