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post #1 of 70 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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pulled over for doing "wheelies"

I need some input, has anyone here ever gotten pulled over for doing wheelies? I was pulled over a few nights ago for doing one. It wasn't even a wheely in my opinion, the front of the bike went up for a few second while I was accelerating downhill. Unfortunately there was a cop hiding somewhere and he pulled me over. The officer was pretty cool about it and did'nt harrass me but still gave me a ticket and a courtdate for the "wheely". Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone here has ever gotten pulled over for doing wheelies and what should i expect in my courtdate. Thank you everyone for your input.
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I've gotten AT LEAST a dozen wheelie tickets. Just another drain on the wallet, no biggie. Keep doing 'em, screw the man! It's not a big deal as far as court goes, fuck it

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"Wheelies" in traffic are illegal and law enforcement statewide is cracking down on all kinds of traffic violations, especially ones that involve speed and stunts, by bikes. Your best defense would be to explain to the judge that it was not intentional. That you were proceeding downhill and that you gave it a tad too much "gas" and the front wheel came up a bit. It may not help, but at least it's plausable...Go in with an attitude and I assure you the judge will slap you with the max fine and costs plus it's a mover that will count against your license and will raise your insurance. What town and county did you get stopped in?
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thanks bro, appreciate your input. how much will this cost me anyway?
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"Wheelies" in traffic are illegal and law enforcement statewide is cracking down on all kinds of traffic violations, especially ones that involve speed and stunts, by bikes. Your best defense would be to explain to the judge that it was not intentional. That you were proceeding downhill and that you gave it a tad too much "gas" and the front wheel came up a bit. It may not help, but at least it's plausable...Go in with an attitude and I assure you the judge will slap you with the max fine and costs plus it's a mover that will count against your license and will raise your insurance. What town and county did you get stopped in?

the officer did'nt even ask for my insurance, i was pulled over at Park Ridge
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"Wheelies" in traffic are illegal and law enforcement statewide is cracking down on all kinds of traffic violations, especially ones that involve speed and stunts, by bikes. Your best defense would be to explain to the judge that it was not intentional. That you were proceeding downhill and that you gave it a tad too much "gas" and the front wheel came up a bit. It may not help, but at least it's plausable...Go in with an attitude and I assure you the judge will slap you with the max fine and costs plus it's a mover that will count against your license and will raise your insurance. What town and county did you get stopped in?
Speaking from experience, it's really not a big deal. I know they're yelping about cracking down and yada yada but I've never heard one peep from a judge. "Here's your fine and your supervision. Next!"

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thanks bro, appreciate your input. how much will this cost me anyway?
With the lawyer and the fine... about $400-$500. If you need a kickass lawyer, hit me up

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So 400-500 for a wheelie is worth doing them?

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With the lawyer and the fine... about $400-$500. If you need a kickass lawyer, hit me up

i'm going to need a lawyer? what if i go to the courtdate without a lawyer?
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Speaking from experience, it's really not a big deal. I know they're yelping about cracking down and yada yada but I've never heard one peep from a judge. "Here's your fine and your supervision. Next!"



With the lawyer and the fine... about $400-$500. If you need a kickass lawyer, hit me up
The way your talking i'm willin to bet your lawer is damn good from all the practice he gets with you! Probably sending his kids to harvard!
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So 400-500 for a wheelie is worth doing them?
Only when I decide not to run, yes

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i'm going to need a lawyer? what if i go to the courtdate without a lawyer?
Dress wel and be polite, but honestly you won't hear any guff, seriously. They have bigger fish to fry. I'm not being cocky, I promise you, it's really not a big deal

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You're lucky he didn't ask for your insurance if you don't have any.
Park Ridge is in Cook county. This is/was a ticket that the officer has discretion on...he didn't have to write you. He chose to and you will either have to defend yourself or plead guilty and pay the fine.
I say defend yourself, but do it as I said...explain that it was unintentional. This way you're not calling the officer a liar, but you're offering the court a plausible explanation for the violation.
No one likes to pay a fine...and, in Illinois 3 moving violations, which this is, will result in a license suspension if convicted.
And... he didn't need to ask for your insurance for your insurance company to know of your violations...the insurance company will run your license at renewal time and raise your rates or drop you from coverage if violations come up on your record. It's a matter of routine.

Take it from me...having your license suspended and paying fines and/or being on supervision is not the way to go...it may seem like a big joke to some, but if you listen to that you'll end up with tremendously expensive insurance rates or with a suspended license, or both. Our cocky friend who claims he's not being cocky is either pulling your chain or is just lucky the SOS hasn't caught up with him and suspended his license yet.

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best bet..... Drz last one is the best thing i've heard from him. Do the whole dress up thing and be sure to be full of yes your honor.
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Can't you just mail the shit in and request supervision? I didnt go to court for either one of my wheelie tickets.

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the officer did'nt even ask for my insurance, i was pulled over at Park Ridge
Hills in Park Ridge?????

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Can't you just mail the shit in and request supervision? I didnt go to court for either one of my wheelie tickets.
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Dress wel and be polite, but honestly you won't hear any guff, seriously. They have bigger fish to fry. I'm not being cocky, I promise you, it's really not a big deal
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You're lucky he didn't ask for your insurance if you don't have any.
Park Ridge is in Cook county. This is/was a ticket that the officer has discretion on...he didn't have to write you. He chose to and you will either have to defend yourself or plead guilty and pay the fine.
I say defend yourself, but do it as I said...explain that it was unintentional. This way you're not calling the officer a liar, but you're offering the court a plausible explanation for the violation.
No one likes to pay a fine...and, in Illinois 3 moving violations, which this is, will result in a license suspension if convicted.
And... he didn't need to ask for your insurance...the insurance company will run your license at renewal time and raise your rates or drop you from coverage if violations come up on your record. It's a matter of routine.
Thanks again!! and no worries I have insurance. This was very helpfull to me.

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You're lucky he didn't ask for your insurance if you don't have any.
Park Ridge is in Cook county. This is/was a ticket that the officer has discretion on...he didn't have to write you. He chose to and you will either have to defend yourself or plead guilty and pay the fine.
I say defend yourself, but do it as I said...explain that it was unintentional. This way you're not calling the officer a liar, but you're offering the court a plausible explanation for the violation.
No one likes to pay a fine...and, in Illinois 3 moving violations, which this is, will result in a license suspension if convicted.
And... he didn't need to ask for your insurance...the insurance company will run your license at renewal time and raise your rates or drop you from coverage if violations come up on your record. It's a matter of routine.
I've gotten loads of tickets, not proud of it, just being honest but I've never ever gotten suspended, just supervision put on top of supervision put on top of supervision etc. Seeing as it happened in cook county, it's to your benefit. You can try to plead not guilty and say it was an accident but he'll probably tell you not to ride a bike it you don't know what you're doing.

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best bet..... Drz last one is the best thing i've heard from him. Do the whole dress up thing and be sure to be full of yes your honor.
Indeed, best of luck!

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Hills in Park Ridge?????

Lawyer up.
Ok maybe it was'nt much of a down hill lol, it's the downhill under the tracks on touhy. I was coming from hooters on higgins and took cumberland and right on touhy, that "downhill" under the tracks after that right turn is what i'm talking about.

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Truer words were never spoken!

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I thought the law was if the front wheel leaves the ground you autoamtically lose your license? Or is that just another law thats not enforced?
You thought wrong! I'd be in prison if that were the case and yet I've never even been suspended! It's just another moving violation, water under the bridge

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Our cocky friend who claims he's not being cocky is either pulling your chain or is just lucky the SOS hasn't caught up with him and suspended his license yet.
I'm not being cocky, he wanted advice on a wheelie ticket and I have experience in that field. I've NEVER been suspended because I always use a lawyer. Defending yourself will get you screwed. Hire a lawyer, even if your lawyer doesn't say much, the fact that you're using one goes a long way in the courtroom and also you then won't have to speak at all. You can listen to the old timer or you can take my 100% sincere input and use it. It's your ticket not mine, so do whataver you want. Once again, best of luck but you're not going to need it

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"Wheelies" in traffic are illegal and law enforcement statewide is cracking down on all kinds of traffic violations, especially ones that involve speed and stunts, by bikes. Your best defense would be to explain to the judge that it was not intentional. That you were proceeding downhill and that you gave it a tad too much "gas" and the front wheel came up a bit. It may not help, but at least it's plausable...Go in with an attitude and I assure you the judge will slap you with the max fine and costs plus it's a mover that will count against your license and will raise your insurance. What town and county did you get stopped in?
I've admired your posts in the past, but this one about "cracking down" really has me questioning what they're cracking down on. They're always cracking down, every season it comes up, every year the same story is served. Local news stations broadcast this, and yes they issue some tickets. I don't know if this is to instill paranoia and make you scared of breaking the laws, but have seen it over and over again and am getting quite sick of it, no offense to you, but the media has started brainwashing your thoughts perhaps?

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Mort, thigs like this?...

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I've gotten AT LEAST a dozen wheelie tickets.
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With the lawyer and the fine... about $400-$500.
$5-6k spent on doing wheelies?
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YES! Every fricking year. I'm still a n00b and young, but when I started riding street bike back in '02, it was present then.
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$5-6k spent on doing wheelies?
Definately in the thousands. Hey, ya gotta pay to play. I like to do wheelies, I know it's illegal if I get caught. I make my own decisions and ride my own ride and as long as I'm not endangering anyone else when I do 'em, it's my problem and not anyone else's.

Before I start to get flamed, spare me the song and dance, I'm not looking for an arguement, just helping the guy out. If you don't like wheelies, don't do 'em. As for me, I'll be excercising vertical joyrides. Rock on!

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