Here are the details,
I am accused of 81 in a 55 (maximum speed) on a road in the middle of no where in the desert (Palmdale) and for having my side windows tinted.
I think it should be dismissed for a few reasons
1. The time the officer states on the ticket I was on a different road 3 miles away. I have GPS tracking data to prove it and his time is about 4-5 min off.
2. I thought I was probably doing about 65 and that is what I told the officer, he said "Radar at 81", again my GPS shows my maximum speed at 67 and I had reset it before my 100 mile journey to the desert. Can I show my entire route in court to prove I wasn't going 81 ever? Is GPS data admissible in court?
3. Both my front windows were down, they have a clear UV tint which according to the CHP website is OK,
"Can I put after-market tinting on the windows of my vehicle?
The main requirements for legal window tinting in California are:
The windshield and front driver's side and passenger's side windows cannot receive any aftermarket tinting.
If the rear window of a vehicle is tinted, the vehicle must have outside rearview mirrors on both sides.
The law prohibits any person from driving any motor vehicle with any object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied upon the windshield or side or rear windows, with certain limited exceptions.
However, legislation signed into law effective January 1, 1999, exempts from the above prohibition specified clear, colorless, and transparent material that is installed, affixed, or applied to the front driver and passenger side windows for the specific purpose of reducing ultraviolet rays. If, as, or when this material becomes torn, bubbled or otherwise worn, it must be removed or replaced."
The officer never saw my front windows, he tapped on my rear side windows and said that they are illegal. I had just purchased the car with them tinted from the dealer, does this make a difference? Reading the rule from the CHP website and having both side mirrors it looks like I am legal?
4. The officer approached me from the opposite direction behind 4 other vehicles. He said his radar was in closing mode and he could detect me through 4 other cars. Just before he pulled me over I crossed railroad tracks and a huge set of high power lines. I am a RF and Radar Engineer and know that they both make good reflectors for Ku and Ka Band Radars.
I'll note that my car is a Honda Civic GX (Compressed Natural Gas), I get cheap natural gas and great milage, I drive slow to conserve fuel and was NOT going 81 much less anything over 67.
My only problem is I do know I was speeding at a max of 67 which turned out to me a 55 MPH road, I though it was 65 like the road I had turned from.
My fine is $483 which I feel is excessive and for sure I don't think I should have been hit with an uncorrectable window tint violation.
I am open to suggestions.