I think these tactics you mentioned would definitely annoy the judge. I just went to court (on Friday) to answer the charge of “Reckless Driving” that I got for going 86 in a 65 zone on I-66 in Northern Virginia. This is a serious charge that carries up to a $2500 fine or a year in jail. As you can imagine I was somewhat nervous.
When I got to the court room it was PACKED with dozens of others who were there for the same charge. The front row of the court had the cop who stopped me and the cops who stopped everyone else. I guess they were there just in case someone wanted to use one your tactics, but I’m not sure because no one tried it.
The judge was a no-nonsense blond who just wanted to get through the list as quickly as possible. She explained that she would call out each name and you had to reply if you were present; if so she would read the charge against you and ask how you plea: guilty, not guilty, or no contest. She then mentioned that you could also request to speak with the prosecutor who was sitting out in the waiting area.
As she read off each name I noticed that each person either pleaded guilty or requested to speak with the prosecutor. The one’s who pleaded guilty all got fined for their speeding (between $200 to $500) depending on their record. They also got a lot of points added to their record. When she called my name I requested to speak to the prosecutor. This was a good decision.
So I went into the waiting area and asked the prosecutor how I should plea. She explained to me the consequences of each plea and what it would mean. She then asked if I wanted to work out a plea agreement and I agreed to this. To make a long story short I bargained my way down to a lesser sharge of 74 in a 65 zone (from 86!) and I agreed to a $75 fine and 3 points. When I got back into the court room the prosecutor informed the judge of the plea bargain we made…the judge asked if I agreed with it and that was it…whew! what a relief that was!