My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: California
Today, I was ticketed for a violation of CVC 23123 (A) Handheld Wireless Telephone Prohibited Use
I was speaking on the phone utilizing a blue tooth. I answered a call by pushing one button on the phone and spoke on the phone using the blue tooth, while the phone was still in my hand. The officer pulled me over while I was still using my blue tooth device. I promptly hung up the phone and pulled over to the side of the road. I removed the blue tooth device after he approached the vehicle. I did not text or receive texts at any time during this period. The phone was only used to make or receive calls.
CVC 23123(a) states that - A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving.
Also, the CA DMV website states:
Are there exceptions for dialing?
A: This law does not prohibit reading, selecting or entering a phone number, or name in an electronic wireless device for the purpose of making or receiving a phone call. Drivers are strongly urged not to enter a phone number while driving
I intend to appear in court and argue my case. My questions are: Am I in violation of the law? What is the best manner to defend myself? Any other advice?