My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: CA
Driving through Williams, CA on CA-20 Business I was pulled over. Apparently I had gone through a stop sign posted before the intersection with 5th St., an obviously less busy street. The double lane CA-20 Business had a white line with 'stop' written in front of it at the placement of the stop sign. The ticket is a 21461(a) and the fine is $233.
I know that 21461(a) is failure to obey a traffic sign.
I missed that stop sign because there were two semitrucks driving in front of me, which blocked both the stop sign and the lane markings. Also, I didn't expect a two way stop sign coming off the freeway at such a small street. The stop sign itself was obstructed by a telephone pole and placed on an unusual sign holder.
I don't assume any of this would help me beat the ticket. So shouldn't I just ask for an informal discovery, a trial by written declaration, and ultimately hope the officer doesn't show up at a trial de novo?