My question involves traffic court in the State of: California, Alameda County
I am about to contest a citation given me in September 2011 by an officer who gave me a 21655, indicating "lane use, slow-moving vehicle" and states that it is an unsafe lane change on the ticket. It has taken all these months (it's now May 10 2012) to make its way through the system. I could have opted for traffic court, but I did nothing wrong and want to be vindicated.
What happened was that with my turn signal on, and lights (it was heavy dusk), I was moving from standstill traffic on CA 80 into the exit lane to leave the highway. There was no one in the exit lane at all, and I was already nearly out of the traffic--so much so that I no longer could look behind me but HAD to be looking forward. The officer pulled up behind me, and claimed that "I had nearly hit him." He was 100% behind my car. It was obvious he could only have been going faster than anyone pulling from a standstill could have accommodated. No one would have been able to anticipated or seen this coming. When he flashed the lights I thought he was going to give me a warning--which itself would have been an overreaction on his part, so I apologized although I really didn't understand what I'd done. Neither did my passenger, who was completely confused (she is in Japan and not available as a witness). Instead he cited me with a 21655 violation.
What are my chances of having this dismissed? What do I need to say?
If I lose, will I automatically receive a point? Or, will it just be court costs and violation PLUS the traffic school.
I feel bullied and violated and very angry. It's also made me a nervous driver instead of a careful driver, because I'm always afraid anytime I see a patrol car on the highway. I won't take that exit ever again.
Thanks for your help,