My question involves a speeding ticket from the State of: California
I got a speeding ticket last September for going 45 in a 30. He said he got me on LIDAR.
Anyway, I paid my bail and set up a trial date and did some research into the area which the ticket was given. The posted speed limit is 30, and the critical speed is 38 (according to the city's T and E survey). Under most circumstances the speed should be rounded to the closest 5 mph speed limit below the critical speed-- making the speed limit on this road 35. However I found in the survey that :
The MUTCD 2003 California Supplement recommends that, when possible, the speed limit be set
at the first five MPH increment below the critical speed. CVC 627 provides for the opportunity to
lower the speed limit an additional five MPH based on residential density and/or pedestrian and
bicyclist safety. The MUTCD 2003 California Supplement also recommends that speed zoning
five MPH increments are preferable in urban areas, and that speed zones shorter than 0.5 miles
long, as well as short transition zones, should be avoided.
*That is from the T and E Survey.
So I am wondering if my defense is now totally- for lack of a better word-- screwed?
I couldn't go to traffic school because I had a ticket 7 months before this one for speeding (I was going 5mph over the speed limit when i got it!) But I was not so smart, paid for it and went to traffic school.
My questions is: Do I have no defense? Should I just pray that the officer does't show up? I can PM the survey if anyone wants to review it. I really appreciate it!