My question involves a speeding ticket from the State of: Washington
I received a speeding ticket in Oct. at a well known speed trap in Bellevue. On the front of the ticket the officer says that he measured me at 54 in a 40 zone, but cites me for a reduced amount of 45/40. He did not check any of the three boxes “SMD, pace, or aircraft.”
I requested and received notice of a late Dec. contested hearing date. I went to the court and got copies of the ticket, stationary radar affidavit, and radar certification, all filed one day after the ticket date. I also attended and took notes at 2 contested ticket hearings, with several attorneys present. I noticed that radar evidence was successfully suppressed in at least 10 cases for expired certifications (more than 1 year, even by as little as 5 days). In my case the certification is over 14 mo. old, so this looks to be a good defense.
I am wondering about discovery. After reading several posts it appears to be a normal step and I have downloaded Barry’s template. Is it to my advantage to request discovery or should I just move to suppress the radar certification already on file? Or should I request discovery, omitting the radar certification, and point out that no device is specified on the ticket? In that case, would “insufficiency” be the correct term? Would it be better to personally deliver the discovery request to the prosecutor’s office?
Here’s one more question. The officer states on his affidavit that he visually measured me at about 50 in a 40. Is there any chance that I can lose if there is only a visual estimate? In any case I don’t believe he could have actually seen me from his vantage point.
Thank you in advance for any tips you can provide, and I apologize if I am asking too many questions for one post.