I don't know where to post this, but most of you in here are pretty damn intelligent
so here goes.
I used to work as a commissioned courier. (read: the faster you deliver from point A to point B, the more money you make). I already sense some inferences and preconceived notions!
Anyways, I was headed out to the airport (Sacramento) to FedEx's package delivery terminal.
Fedex used couriers for their missorts and home deliveries. When I got out there I noticed Fedex had moved and when I got to the gate for entry to the loading docks, there was a fedex van in front of me who punched in the code and proceeded through the gate. The gate closed after her, which is fine since there was a phone set right there for me to use. However, the girl backed up, and the gate started to open, so I zipped on in and went directly to
the docks. Problem. The loading docks were on airport property, only fedex employees are allowed through that gate. This was clearly marked on the gate, but hey, I am courier, I got places to go and things to deliver. I interptreted the driver's gesture as opening the gate for me, while she, as trained, was trying to block me from getting in before the gate closed. No one knew the gate would start to reopen. (again, they had just moved to this area of the airport)
Before I knew it, i was swarmed by 1 Sherriff car and 2 FAA Vans. (Btw, this happens all the time, and since the Sheriffs and FFA people never have anything to do they live for these days) So we have two jurisdictions who want a piece of me. The Sherrifs were the cool ones trying to explain this was just an accident and tried to pursuade the FAA to let me go. Apparently, this type of diplomacy is also common. The Sheriff ran my license to show I wasn't wanted, but found my license was suspended (which it was) This didn't go over well with the FAA. To make a long story short, The FAA issued me a summons charging me with felony tresspassing on federal property. (min 10,000 fine, 1 yr in jail). The Sheriff issued me a ticket for the suspendeded license and told me not to drive my car and have somebody pick me up, which was arranged by an another courier. When I arrived at court, (not traffic court mind you, this was a felony) my name was called and I stood up, watched the DA shaking his head as he read through my file, whispered something to the judge, the judge then stated, "at this time, we are not going to take any actions against you, you are free to go." Basically, the DA was pissed off that this stupid case ever made it into the courtroom. Oh, I forgot to tell you this happened in 1993 way before 9/11 security issues.
The traffic court case was a bit different. I said heck, if the fine is 300 or less I'll just plead guilty and get the F... out of there. However, the video we all watched stated I was facing a 1,350.00 fine. The judge came in after the video, spewed out his normal spew, but added something to the effect "hey, if your guilty, plead guilty, I am sick of tired of hearing your excuses, you either did it or you didn't!" Not a pleasant man. I was the first called (always am, alphabetically) and the judge said how do you plea? I said not guilty. He yelled out didn't you just hear what I said! I said yes judge, I would still like to enter my plea of not guilty. He shrugged and then stated "I guess you want a public defender too?" I said yes please. He sent me off to setup another court date.
When I got to court, all the people who plead not guilty are put in a room with like 4 attorneys to handle all of us, about 50. Again, this was done alphbetically so I did not have to wait. My PD said you are free to go, there was no probable cause.
I said see ya and ran out the door, hell, I had deliveries to make.
Question is why was there no probable cause? Did the Sheriff have no reason to check my driving status because I wasn't driving at the time, or did the felony case that was basically dropped preclude any other action against me? What do you all think? I still don't know the real answer.