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Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Hi everyone,


I recently got a speeding ticket for driving over 100MPH in California. On the ticket, the officer mark down "infraction" rather than misdemeanor. He let me off without a sweat. Wrote me a ticket and let me out easily. However, I am a student studying Administration of Justice and wants to pursue my career in Law Enforcement. My question is, will this speeding ticket effect my chances to become a police officer? My co worker said my chances are slim and when you get background checks, you cannot have any records for anything. I am worried and thinking my chances is over. I know I made a mistake and definitely learned from it. Any answers is appreciated. Thanks everyone.

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Being from Missouri, I really can't say much about California Laws.  The speed limit on the interstate in my area is 70 mph.  The speed limit on most Mo. state highways are 55 mph.  But more information as to the reason for your speeding is needed.   What reason do you have for that amount of speed?  Were you transporting someone to an emergency care facility?  Were you late for work?  What is the reason for this amount of speed?


I could pretty much tell you If I stopped you for the amount of speed without a extremely good reason, you would have been arrested once I was able to stop you.  You would have been charged not only for speeding but Careless and Imprudent driving by excessive speed. This type of speed kills people and damages property.  Yes, I have gone faster than that while in pursuit of felony suspects but that is a different situation altogether. 


 

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Not sure in Cali, but in Texas, a few counties have specific permanent disqualifiers depending on how severe the traffic violation was (even if it was a warning) and some have it where you can't have more than 2 or 3 within 2 years from applying, no matter what the severity was.  But why in the world were you going over 100mph? lol. if I was that officer, I think I would've had you sign your John Hancock on a citation. okay maybe not, but still, check your local LE website and it'll tell you what disqualifiers they have and the time period that has to pass if any.


 

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

I would have written you.Why would you drive that fast while you are trying to become an LE.


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I agree with bigdaddy, why would you be going this fast when you plan on becoming a cop.  Here's my thought.  You know you were speeding.  If you fought the ticket what would you say in court??  Would you lie?  If so, now we are running into integrity issues which would hurt you more as far as finding a job than the actual ticket.  We all make mistakes, we all do some boneheaded stuff.  Acknowledging that and fixing that is what matters most the majority of the time.  Own up to your mistake and move on.  You can actually use this to help you get a job if you word it right!    If your a young kid, this might be a good lesson in how you need to grow up and be MORE responsible.  This could have gone real bad for you depending on what the cop had decided to do, but he gave you a break. A break that tought you more than if he hadn't given you one.


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I was actually trying to make it to work on time coming from san luis obispo around 11am in the morning. The speed limit was 75mph. Traffic was going about 80mph-90mph on I-101 south. I made a mistake that I definitely learned from. I am aware of  all possibilities that couldve happened for my mistake. I was really cooperative and honest to the officer. And no I would not lie in court, Ill accept it and follow through with it. This is my first ticket. My question is, will it affect my chances to become an cop?

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

For those of us who have driven 100 mph, we understand how ridiculous a speed that is for anything but the race track. While it is not an instant disqualifier in this neck of the woods, it would lend itself to questioning ones judgement, which is a major quality needed in this line of work.


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I would have written you.Why would you drive that fast while you are trying to become an LE.



Same here. Should have thought about the consequences before you violated the speed limit. I am not aware of California laws or department background checks and would not think a traffic ticket would ruin you. But I wouldnt be in a hurry to do it again.

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

It may not techically be a disqualifier, but if I were on a panel reviewing your application I'd put a big red NO on it. 100 MPH is careless and reckless. If you want to put yourself in that kind of danger go out into a field with no one else around. On a public highway you are next to and passing somebody's mother, father, or family. All it would have taken to turn that ticket in a prison sentence is one mistake. How many people do you think you would have killed at 100 MPH?


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Hi everyone,


I recently got a speeding ticket for driving over 100MPH in California. On the ticket, the officer mark down "traffic" rather than misdemeanor. He let me off without a sweat. Wrote me a ticket and let me out easily. However, I am a student studying Administration of Justice and wants to pursue my career in Law Enforcement. My question is, will this speeding ticket effect my chances to become a police officer? My co worker said my chances are slim and when you get background checks, you cannot have any records for anything. I am worried and thinking my chances is over. Any answers is appreciated. Thanks everyone.



You are very lucky, not only would you have gotten the full price but I would have taken you to jail as well, everyone that hits triple digits goes. I'd say go ahead and try but I would not be surprised if it slows you down in the process (no pun intended)


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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

As other officers have posted before, it may not disqualify you, but it does show a lack of good judgment on your part. There is no good excuse for driving recklessly and for putting others on the highway at risk.

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If I stopped you for driving over 100 mph the next thing that came from me would have been.....Central I have 1 under from this location, please notify the Sgt. Can I have a arrest time please.


The simple fact that the officer trying to pull you over had to also go that fast to catch up to you, shows a total lack of regard for LE and the safety of everyone around you.  Recently I responded to a MVC on the highway where a van going over 80 mph hit a car slowing to get off the exit.  There was nothing left of the car from the front seats back INCLUDING the child seat that contained a baby who did not survive.  Sorry for the rant.

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Thanks for the input guys.

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Nothing automatic about that in FL..... you're gonna have some 'splainin' to do though

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If I would have stopped you for this, I would have taken you to jail for speeding and reckless driving.  There is no justification for a speed like that.  So just count yourself lucky.


I would not say that speeding  would instantly disqualify but the reckless would be a very good possibility.  I do strongly agree with the other LEO's, it shows poor judgement and that will definitely cost you.  I would encourage you from this point on to make better decisions if you want to continue trying to have a LEO career.  Be honest about the ticket with possible future employees because it will show up on you criminal history. 


Good luck and slow down.

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

no doubt someone would have been posting a bond for reckless driving


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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

I don't remember the last time I even reached 100.......you got very lucky.

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

I say most everybody in their life has been pulled for speeding, but there is no reason to go 100+. But, doing the interviews, just have to explain yourself if it comes up!


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