In west Washington state, I was following a friend from a distance and my friend got pulled over by a cop saying he was detected at 60mile in a 50mile zone. I just pulled onto a side path to wait for them then the cop decided to give me also a ticket citing as "following" after he asked whether I am with my friend. Honestly I wasn't paying close attention to the odor meter so I didn't know at what exact speed I was droving at the particular time.
The cop insisted he clocked my speed upon my inquiry and checked the SMD box on the ticket. The fine was $101.00. As this is the first ticket i have ever got (I consider myself a safe driver), I didn't know what to say. But after giving some thoughts I feel this officer is probably taking me as a low hanging fruit and wanted to trick me in. Am I wrong that his radar detector has no way to actually clock my speed (the cop was driving from opposite direction)? Can he still check SMD even though he didn't have direct evidence?
Another interesting thing is, he wrote down "60+" on my ticket even though he said he clocked my friends' speed at 61, saying he is giving me a "break", in a very nice tone. That really gave me a bad taste in mouth and made me feel he was trying to trick me in.
Do I have a case to contest myself?