Re: Suggestions on Contesting Stop Sign Violation, VC 22450a
For starters, you should really start your own thread, but since you didn't, I'll still post my opinion with regard to the points you inquired about.
1. If the officer's claim is that you rolled the stop -as in slowed down but failed to stop- (and his notation on the citation seems to indicate that this was the case) then his view of the limit line (the stop line) and whether he was behind you or approaching from the north, is not as relevant as you'd like it out to be. It really isn't that difficult to establish whether a car rolled/failed to stop versus failing to stop at/before the limit line. Of course you won't get a chance to question him as to his location in your TBD, but you're free to bring that up if you happen to lose the TBD and assuming you will choose to take it further to a Trial De Novo.
2. You discovered that your brake lights were not operational 2 weeks after the violation. But that does not necessarily mean that they were not working at the time of the stop. They could have stopped working a day after the stop or the day before your discovery (or anytime in between). One could safely assume that the officer would have noticed had your brake lights not been working at the time of the stop (and he could have cited you for that as well)... Then again, he may have been preoccupied with running your plate during the time he was pulling you over. In other words, for you to admit to another violation in hopes that it will get you out of the one you were cited for is not likely to produce any favorable results.
3. People usually complain that it took too long for the officer to cite them, so your comments with regards to the 120 seconds or so it took him to cite you are, a bit, unusual.... In the grand scheme of things, whether you committed the alleged violation or not is not predicated upon how efficient the officer is or how long it took him to write the citation. But you're free to bring that issue up in court.
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