I got a speeding ticket in Lewis County, WA, (+10 over the limit) and have contested it.
I've filed for discovery and have subpoenaed the SMD expert and am set up to subpoena the citing officer before my court date in the next couple months, 2008.
I've gone through the discovery paperwork and have found one mistake. I am hoping it will invalidate the calibration of the SMD device and have my case thrown out:
There are 2 calibration forks used with each SMD device, each with a corresponding serial number. The serial numbers between the officers report and the actual logged serial numbers from the prosecutor's documents are different. Does this mean the unit may not be calibrated correctly?
My only other cases are:
-Officer was rounding a bend when he took my speed. Does this matter?
-I had been passing people, and my speed may have been warranted by acceleration to pass (I don't have the RCW handy). Has this ever worked for at least a reduction?
-The legibility of the issued ticket is questionable. A number in the written RCW is sloppy/almost unreadable and the explanation of "speed" written next to it looks more like "spcbd". This one is a long shot, I know.
My other MAIN questions for anyone willing to help are:
-Should I definitely request the SMD expert and officer to be there? Are there any potential downsides to doing this?
-Should I request further items, such as the officer's log book, SMD device manual, etc.?
Any other advice is truly helpful.