The ticket is for 35 in 25 school zone and was 5 minutes after the start of the school zone. I pulled out of a parking lot of a nearby restaurant and went through the school parking lot and turned left at the signal onto the street. It appeared that school was still in session. The normal speed limit is 40 mph.
Check the rules of the road in your state as to how the school zone signs have to be posted. If there are signs which are in compliance, the law does not say you have to see them. It would be hard to argue you did not know it was a school zone when you cut through the school parking lot.
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You could always argue "improper posting" (of the sign).
But there may be an "unwritten" code if not posted then
the speed limit is 25. You'll have to check Texas code
at your library or internet. Fight it neverthess. Perhaps
you'll talk the ticket down or cop won't show. Good luck!
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I have attempted the same defense for clients in the past in similar situations. Many prosecutors or judges see this more as an excuse than an actual defense. If you have lived in Texas for more than a few years, a prosecutor or judge will often assume that you know what times a school zone is in effect even if you did not see a sign. I am not saying they are right, but this is most likely what you will hear when attempting to use this as a defense.
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