My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: California
This is my first ticket and I intend to fight it, would like any advice you have!
I pulled up to the stop sign, came to a stop, and then continued through before I realized there was a truck to my right, about to make a right turn. I also happened to be talking on the phone. Although I had the phone on speaker, I still had it in my hand, but not up to my ear.
The officer pulled me over and asked if I had seen the truck, I told him yes I saw him after I had already gone and that I gave them the 'Im sorry' wave. He then asked me if the reason I cut them off was because I was talking on the phone. I replied "Yea, maybe". He said he was going to just give me a warning about the phone, and then wrote me a ticket with code 22450(a). I waited until I got the actual notice to freak out...but yep, he wrote me a ticket for failing to stop at a stop sign. $235.00.
So I am planning to fight the ticket, since I did stop, and the officer never said anything about not stopping. Im just wondering what my best approach would be.
Do I go in and tell the whole story, or do I simply say "no, I stopped"...what if the judge asks what the officer said to me when he stopped me? A few friends said I should say that the truck waved me through and thats why I went. I dont really want to lie...I just honestly dont want to be cited for something I didnt do.