For Immediate Release
Law Offices of
Solomon, Saltsman & Jamieson
A Partnership Including Professional Corporations
426 Culver Blvd.
Playa del Rey, CA 90293
Office – 310-822-9848/800-405-4222
Fax – 310-822-3512
GOT A RADAR SPEEDING TICKET?
There you are, alone in traffic court thinking, “Am I wasting
my time trying to get out of this speeding ticket even though I
know I wasn’t going as fast as the radar reported?”
Why Hire An Attorney?
Without legal representation, a defendant can easily be
intimidated by the prosecutor, the statistics involving the
radar’s reading and the police officer’s testimony. Case
closed, the defendant has lost and now faces a traffic fine,
points against his/her DMV record and higher vehicle insurance.
With experienced legal representation or even if you choose to
represent yourself, here’s what should happen.
A Discovery Request
Before going to trial, you request copies of documents about the
radar issued speeding ticket, including - a list of witnesses for
the prosecution; all records regarding the maintenance and
calibration of the radar equipment; each radar training
certification issued to the officer and all of his notes, along
with the speeding ticket.
Radar Not A Perfect Science
Those familiar with the process know that 10-20% of all
radar-backed speeding tickets are issued in error. If the radar is
operated from a moving police vehicle, the number of inaccurate
tickets may be as high as 30%. Several years ago, a Miami
television station showed a radar gun clocking a palm tree at
86mph and a house at 28mph.
Objecting To Foundation
Before the results of radar can be used in court, its calibration
and maintenance must be established. The officer’s testimony
alone is insufficient. If you object as to hearsay and foundation
and those foundational facts can’t be established, maybe you
walk out of the court room not guilty.
Was the officer trained in the use of the radar device? Was it
operated under manufacturer’s requirements? Did the officer test
the radar before and after the arrest? Did outside interference
cause the wrongful reading or was it the defendant’s car that
actually caused the speed reading?
You can always pay the ticket. But you can choose to contest, and
you just may win if you or your attorneys are prepared.
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