So, I was driving on a state road(SR 675), the posted speed limit is 55(I was doing 60), this state road intersects with a minor highway(US 301), I turned onto 301 to head north, I was pulled over shortly, clocked at 60, when the officer approached, he informed me I was doing 60 in a 40, apparently the 40mph sign is about 1/4 mile south of where I turned(the other way), and the next sign posted for the 40mph was another 1-1 1/2 miles farther from where I was pulled over(not visible from where I was pulled over). I explained that the last posted sign said 55mph, and he explained that I would have seen the 40mph if I had been going the other way...? I had thought about calling the officer and trying to reason with him, but it sounds like he has the perfect speed trap spot, so, I am not expecting much, do I have any defense?
I agree with Mr. Haber's recommendation to consult a local attorney. If you can prove that there are no posted speed limit signs between SR 675 and where you were pulled over on US 301, you may have a viable defense. While the absence of a speed limit sign does not give you the right to travel at any speed you wish, 60 mph seems reasonable considering the adjoining road was 55. You should consult with a local attorney as this ticket may be worth contesting. Hope this helps and wish you the best!
Respectfully, this is pointless banter.
Whether the cop was legally right or wrong is a not for either you or me to decide. That decision is left to a Judge (unless you choose to either pay the ticket or attend driving school).
The question that you should be asking is "now that I got a ticket what am I going to do about it?", and in that regard I strongly urge you to HIRE A LAWYER (caps intentional).
My guess is that you have about as much business practicing law as I do commanding a nuclear submarine... meaning none. Please understand that this is not personal to you. It is a simple truism in the legal profession. It is very easy to screw up a case when one does not understand the complexities of the rules of evidence, the rules of procedure and the art of cross-examination; and you are very likely to screw up your case if you serve as your own lawyer (ergo Abe Lincoln's famous quote... "He who represents himself has a fool for a client."). If the cop got it wrong, or even if there is a technicality to be exploited, then you are almost certainly not the person to take that to the mattresses.
In my opinion, the best defense for any traffic citation anywhere is to hire a local traffic ticket lawyer. I can't speak to the Parrish area per se but in Miami, Fl where I have been a practicing criminal defense lawyer for nearly a quarter of a century, there are many skilled and experienced traffic lawyers who know the law, the procedure, the Judge and probably the cop. In short you will almost certainly get both competent representation and a better result for a relatively small fee / investment.
Wishing you luck and hoping that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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