Quoted from gliebig:
So not so much with knowing/arguing the law and more to do with who you know? huh.
With regards to speeding tickets...sure.
If you go to a city court / traffic court, you simply do not see legal arguments being made (not with any frequency anyway). There will be no lawyer sitting around in a $2,000 suit waiting to make legal arguments for his client about the law over moving violations. That said, if you look at the docket from earlier in the morning on who all was supposed to be heard that day, you'll note many people are simply never called during the day, in any way...they weren't refixed, they weren't deemed a no show, they just vanished off the docket (if they made it there to begin with...).
And let's say you do get an out of town big city lawyer super star (unknown in the court you are being tried in) who comes in and razzle dazzles everyone with his legal knowledge and questioning abilities...at the end of his magic show you may just get a judge who wasn't paying attention anyway who would just say "guilty, and the fine is $____; next"...then what would you do? Appeal? Over a traffic fine? The judge wouldn't care if you do, its not like your appeal hurts his record.