My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: California
I just got a new citation yesterday for violating 22350VC. The officer claimed that I was speeding at 40mph on a road with 25 mph posted limit. I just passed by a school when a police patrol car stopped me. He told me he had used a radar to measure my speed, which he alleged was 40mph. Although I wasn't looking at my speedometer, I estimated that my speed was somewhere between 30-35mph and not the alleged claim. But I didn't argue with the cop, thinking that it was pointless as he was claiming he had used a radar.
Also, I specifically requested the officer for a county seat, a request he said was the very first time he had heard of such a thing. I told him if I could write it on the ticket that I had made such a request, but he warned me not to write anything on it except my signature. Not to make the situation worse, I simply complied. I also asked him if our conversation were being recorded to which he answered in the negative. He however acknowledged that he had videocam on board and that were were being filmed. I failed to ask him though if he got me on film committing the alleged misdeed.
Conditions at the time of my stop: it was sunny (midday @ 12:40pm), visibility was clear, traffic was light (in fact, I think I was the only one on my lane at the time), and there was no pedestrians on either side of road that I saw during my stop.
Without any question, I'm going to fight this ticket. But if you were the alleged offender, how would you fight this ticket, from beginning to the end? I appreciate your input from gathering evidence (what pieces of evidence are relevant?) to requesting discovery, filing pre-trial motions and preparing defence (what part of the cited law should be attacked?). Can I demand for a county seat venue even though the officer would surely deny that I made such a request and that the Superior Court I was asked to report isn't that too far away from home?
Thanks for any advice..