Re: Turning Right on Red, VC 21461(A) Ticket
First, If you have already been to your arraignment and pled Not Guilty, a Trial by Declaration is no longer available to you.
Second, I see no regulatory sign at or before this intersection that you could have violated so I'm going to take a guess as to what I think actually happened based mainly on the officers statement. This intersection has several lights controlling it. You stated that you stopped at the line where the "Stop here on Red" sign is. My guess is that when that light was still red, you proceeded through it to the intersection, which has another light, where you made your right turn. Your comment that "he didn't write down for passing a red light" leads me to believe that you may have gone through that light when it was still red and crossed the tracks in order to get to the intersection to make your right turn. Am I close?
My guess as to why the officer cited you for a VC 21461 violation was to cut you a break whereas this violation carries a $237 fine. You could have been cited for a VC 21453 violation, running a red light, which carries a $489 fine.
I may not always be right, but I am never wrong.