My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: California
I just got a citation for violating 22350VC. The officer claimed that I was speeding at 43 mph on a road with 25 mph school zone posted limit(normally 40mph). I was coming from Shady Lane, Turlock, California, United States) when I passed the school and made a right turn onto Monte Vista Avenue when a police motorcycle pulled me over(1636 West Monte Vista Avenue, Turlock, California, United States). He told me he had used a radar to measure my speed, which he alleged was 43mph. He asked me "Is there a reason for going 43 mph in a 25 mph school zone?" Although I wasn't looking at my speedometer, I estimated that my speed was somewhere between 35-38mph 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 so I said "I did not even realize". Then he requested for my license and registration. After that, he just got on his motorcycle and rode away. I'm not sure if this matters but, he pulled me over out of the school zone on Monte Vista Avenue.
Conditions at the time of my stop: it was clear(morning @ 7:00am, by the time he finished writing the citation, it was 7:09am), visibility was clear, traffic was light (in fact, I think I was the only one on my lane at the time), and there were no pedestrians on either side of road that I saw during my stop. I checked the school site which states that the school starts at 7:50am. The school signs do not have any flashing lights.
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 defense (what part of the cited law should be attacked?).
Thanks in advance for any advice...