My question involves a speeding ticket from the State of: WA
First off, I'd like to say thanks to Barry for the great sticky!
I just received my discovery materials today. I scanned my request and received materials and posted them here. I have a clean driving record and this is my first citation. I had moved to Redmond, WA from upstate NY two weeks prior to getting pulled over and thus still had NY plates and a NY drivers license at the time (not sure if that's relevant).
After reviewing the officer's statement, I have a couple questions. First, the officer states I passed him at the 5100 block of 520 to the W Lk Samm Pkway block of 520. However, he appears to contradict himself when stating that I passed him on his left at the 5100 block of 520. I may be nitpicking a little bit, but if I passed him on his left, he would need to change lanes and match my speed before he can state that he began pacing me, correct? I know exactly where he pulled me over, but I'm not actually sure when he started pacing me. I didn't even know he was behind me until I saw his lights. His statement does not specifically show when he moved behind me, although it does mention he "paced" me. I would like determine when he started pacing me so I could assess whether he paced me for 3/10 of a mile and followed proper pacing procedures.
Second, the officer does not state how his speedometer was "certified" or mention that it has been maintained. Even though I requested maintenance and calibration records of the vehicle's speedometer, I did not receive such records. Is this enough to file for dismissal based on lack of evidence? If not, is there a way I can push to receive these records?
Those are the two things that stood out to me, is there anything I missed? Also, I am able to give a written response by mail as long as the court receives it 7 days prior to my scheduled hearing. Would you recommend I write my response or go to court? If I can file for dismissal, is there a formalized way you recommend I do so?