My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: California
I just got a ticket for failure to stop at a red light, and I am looking for advice about contesting it.
I did stop, but I stopped late. By the time I stopped the entire car had crossed the first line of the crosswalk, and approximately 2/3 of the car had crossed the second line of the crosswalk into the intersection. At that point, I put the car into reverse, and started backing up. While I was backing up, the light turned green, and I proceeded through it. All of this is clearly seen on the video that was taken by the traffic cameras.
So I definitely violated the law in terms of where I was supposed to stop, but it seems to me that I shouldn't be punished in the same way as somebody who didn't stop at all, but simply blew through the light, and made the turn. I definitely did not have any intention of running the light. My car was less responsive than usual because it had more weight in it (passengers and luggage) than is usual for me (this is an explanation not an excuse).
Would folks recommend pleading innocent, or guilty with an explanation? Also would you recommend that I try to argue by declaration, or that this is something which I should actually go to court for? Any other advice about fighting this would be appreciated.
Thanks for your help.