Asked about 1 year ago - Canoga Park, CAFlag
My actual speed was 38mph. the officer cited me for 40. is that legal to bump up the speed?
School zone tickets can lead to increased fines. Your speed may vary from what the officer radar/lidared you. Did the officer tell you you were going 38 mph? You should fight this ticket. Going with flow of traffic is no excuse if you were speeding. Call me with any questions. Chatsworth Court?
You did not say which entity issued the ticket and/or whether a radar device was used to clock your speed, but . . . if the ticket was issued by LAPD, you can read about how to contest the ticket at the link below.
Regardless of who issued the ticket, you should read the entire ticket to make sure you understand your rights and obligations and that you are aware of the deadlines and any court date that has already been assigned.
It is highly unlikely that a judge will be sympathetic to hear that you were just "going with the flow" in a school zone. However, if a radar device was used and you are confident that you were not going more than 40 mph, you may want to contact a Traffic Ticket Attorney who can help you to contest the officier's findings.
No. Were you going over the limit? Then you're sunk. The defense of "everyone else was going faster than the speed limit" never works. That said, an experienced attorney in your neighborhood may be able to get it down to a no point violation if the cop and judge are ok. Seek out a good traffic attorney in your area.
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