My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: South Dakota
I recently was cited for a stop sign violation in South Dakota. I have received 2 tickets in the last 25 years and was guilty on both and paid the fine. However, I am not guilty of this particular violation and not about to let an over zealous cop walk all over me. My story starts here- My kids and I attended a party for my son's cub scout pack at a local pizzeria. I left the party to pick up another kid that needed a ride and was a ten minute drive away from the pizzeria. I drove around the back side of the parking lot and exited by a sports bar. I don't know if the cop followed me from the parking lot or was in hiding by the nearby intersection. This area is a haven for cops waiting to prey on patrons leaving the sports bar. There is only one stop sign on the road I traveled on, and it was at night with no street lights. I have been on this road before and know exactly where the sign is. Approximately 1 mile past the stop sign while traveling at 25mph the officer pulled me over. The officer proceeded to grill me and ask me numerous questions. I told him I did not come from the sports bar but from the pizzeria. He wanted to know where I was going and who I was picking up and where did this person live. I told the officer everything he wanted to know and told him I needed to get on my way back to the party as my son and the rest of the pack were celebrating there crossover into boy scouts. He proceeded to take his time and wrote me a ticket for something I did not do. So basically it is his word against mine. The sad part is what was supposed to be a 10 minute trip turned out to be 45 minute interrogation and missed out on most of the pizza party. The cop was a real young guy and was probably hoping to earn brownie points by nailing patrons coming out of the sports bar. Of course, the county gets more money for DUI offenses than speeding or a stop sign violations. I think that it is pretty bogus that an officer can pull you over for fictitious reasons just to see if you have been drinking. When I got home I looked over the ticket and saw he wrote down an intersection that doesn't exist. The officer wrote down 2 streets that run parallel to each other and don't intersect. So how can I be ticketed for a stop sign that doesn't exist at an imaginary intersection?
Today was my first day in court and plead not guilty. I have to go back in a few weeks for a Dispositional Conference. What exactly is a Dispositional Conference and what must I do to prepare? Also is the officers mistake on a fictitious intersection grounds for dismissal? Any suggestions or advice is most appreciative!
This is what I've done so far. I photographed the intersection and the signs. Also have printed various maps showing the route I took and the two roads that the officer listed that run parallel.