Should I continue with jury trial?

Asked over 2 years ago - Pflugerville, TX

Issued ticket 70 in 45, traveling through Brenham Tx, workers present. I was in cruise & moving with 8 to 10 others. When pulled over, Officer said he got me on radar at 72 up the hill and 68 down the hill. I did see the construction sign but no change in speed limit & the highway (290) was still open for 2 lanes each way. When he got behind me, still didn't need to slow down when i moved behind another car (same speed as me) to stop. Since I have gone thru several other work areas and only 1 had a posted lower speed & it was down to 1 lane. I requested jury trial at advice of clerk, so I could talk with DA prior to trial. Got paperwork today for jury trial. Should I continue this path or change to judge? Can I win the case. I say at most 68 in 75 is appropriate, if that. Thanks

Additional information

A correction first --- I think the posted is 65 normally in that area. I put 75 above, by mistake.

I doubt it helps, but as near as I can remember, last ticket was about 26 years ago -- except for out of date registration warning a couple years ago.

Also my wife and I are in an active Chapter 13, so any payments would be extremely hard to make as there is little to no extra money at end of each month -- court takes all but what we need to pay bills etc.

Thanks again

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  1. Monetta Elaine Burgess

    Contributor Level 11

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    Answered . Jury is the way to go if your going to fight this on your own. However, keep in mind that fighting a speeding ticket in Texas is extremely difficult unless you have hard evidence you were not speeding at the time of the citation. Hiring an attorney is a good idea in this situation.

    Are you setting it for trial because the court will not offer you deferred disposition or defensive driving? Taking one of those options, though deferred might be the only one offered since you got the ticket in a construction zone, would be more advisable than going to trial.

    The Coquat Law Firm is based in San Antonio, Texas and answers questions on AVVO.com for general information... more
  2. William N. Chambers

    Contributor Level 13

    Answered . Based on the facts a jury trial seems wise, but you would be well advised to find an attorney experienced with Speeding Tickets to assist you if you go forward.

    If you are in Massachusetts, my answering of your question does not constitute an attorney/client relationship and... more

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