My question involves a speeding ticket from the State of: California
First, I'm well aware that 22349's are difficult to fight, and I know why. So I'm just asking for your opinions on whether I should even try, (given my circumstances explained below) or whether I should just bend over and plead guilty if the officer shows up.
August 2009: I moved back to the Bay Area after being away for 5 years, and immediately got a speeding ticket (for 80mph on highway) in less than a month. Down in Orange County, I regularly drove at 80mph just to keep up with the flow of traffic, never got a ticket. (Seems like OC CHP only wrote tickets for 85mph+) So I just did traffic school and learned my lesson: 80mph is NOT okay in the bay area.
8 months later, April 2010: I got on SR-24 highway near oakland. Looked over my shoulder to merge into lane 1. Looked over my shoulder to merge into lane 2. Looked over my shoulder to merge into lane 3. Looked over my shoulder to merge into lane 4.....aaaand that's when the officer supposedly shot me with his Lidar gun. I was on the highway for less than 25 seconds. I measured the distance from the highway entrance to the point where I ran into the officer's Lidar beam: 0.4 miles.
So now you kind of know I feel about this... I was really trying not to speed after that first ticket, but now I get a second ticket for the same exact thing, this time for only driving 0.4 miles and 25 seconds, just trying to change lanes in a safe manner. My insurance rates are going to go way up just for that?
The only thing aside from that is that there is a huge overpass after where the officer was parked. Click here to see it. Obviously, you can't see anything past that overpass, and I went under and past that overpass while the officer was still getting into his car. I saw him emerge from under the overpass in the distance in my rearview mirror, then he caught up with me and finally flipped on his lights.
Is any of this worth mentioning to the judge? I know none of this proves my innocence. Even if the officer lost sight of my vehicle, he had a probable cause to pull me over because my car was similar to what he saw. I can't mention engineering surveys because this is a 22349. I got a copy of the officer's statement for my TBWD (which I obviously lost), and he said the Lidar gun was recently calibrated and that he had his POST training. This is the CHP, so I'm pretty sure he was telling the truth about all that.
So yeah, if the officer shows up to court, I just don't know if I should plead Not Guilty and argue my case, or if I would be better off ending it quickly by pleading Guilty...