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Can a cop give you a ticket for speeding with out showing you a radar with the reading on it?

Katy, TX |

i got a ticket the other day for speeding 54 in a 35 by a under cover sheriff surban and he said he doesnt need confirmed radar for a speeding ticket. i was goin under the speed limit the whole time. he got about ide say 6in from my rear bumper then rode it for about a half mile. so fearing that i pissed off this person i switched lanes with out signaling not thinking to get away then he turned on his lights on th inside of the cab and pulled me over. he gaveme a ticket for speeding and failure to signal lne chage. what should i do because i felt that my life was at risk by this sheriff?

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Yes, you can get a speeding ticket without the cop proving to you that you were speeding.


Yes the cop can ticket you without showing you the readout on the radar. More importantly, if you were to take this to trial, a jury could convict you of speeding even if the officer testified he didn't even have a radar. Police are trained in a technique called pacing whereby they match (or attempt to match) the speed of the car they are observing. They can then testify that they found the speed to be a certain number.

You can certainly argue that the only reason you committed the failure to signal intent violation was that the officer was right off your bumper (and maybe even attribute the speeding to him following you so closely). The right argument may convince the jury that there is not proof beyond a reasonable doubt or that even if there is, that his behavior necessitated you violating the law.

You can always try this case yourself (or negotiate with the prosecutor yourself) but you may want to consider hiring a criminal defense attorney to represent you. He or she should be well-versed in the Texas Rules of Evidence and cross-examination and may be able to present a convincing case for your innocence to a jury.

Disclaimer: This answer is provided as a public service and as a general response to a general question, it is not meant, and should not be relied upon as specific legal advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.


Yes the officer can issue you a citation without showing you the radar readout.

Check with a lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details.

Good luck to you.

God bless.

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