I was issued a speeding ticket that requires a mandatory court appearance (80mph in a 50mph). The officer stated on the ticket that she paced me. I do not think she did. The officer also denies that there was a faster moving car that passed me just moments before she put on her lights behind me. The "faster moving car" is the one that I accidentally pulled out in front of. I had sped up to get out of its way (I was attempting to pass two slower moving cars when I changed lanes). Her dash board cam should show the following: She did not pace me, that there was another speeding vehicle, and having gotten out of the way of the “faster moving car”, I had returned to my original lane and I was slowing down when she caught up to me and put on her lights. Thanks for your help.
The short answer is to call the agency directly and ask. I would speak to someone in records first. If you don't obtain a video by this method you can file a public records request under Florida Statute Section 119.
Time is critical when seeking to preserve video evidence, so make your request soon. I doubt that this officer submits a copy of her speeding ticket cases even if she has a camera. Officers are not required to record any stop even if they have the ability to do so. Also, the Florida Rules of Traffic Court do not require the disclosure of video evidence.
If you want to pursue this video angle all the way to a hearing you should consider hiring an attorney. An attorney will better be able to obtain any video evidence, the agency's procedures regarding videotaping, preservation of evidence, etc. and will save you a great deal of aggravation.
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Yes, if you really want to fight this ticket, you should call an attorney. In order to get the video as the other attorney said, you would need to call in ask or request it in writing via a public records request.
You can file a public records request, but know ahead of time that very few of the local police agencies (with the exception of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office) have dash cameras in their cruisers unless they are part of a DUI or other specialized unit. Absolutely worth a shot, but do not be suprised if they tell you the officer's cruiser was not equipped with video.
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