I was pulled over and 12 months later a ticket was issued. At the time I was given a citation for no seat belt now 12 months laters I get a speeding ticket
If the date of the incident is the same at the other citation and it occurred 12 months ago, this should be addressed under "speedy." Have a local traffic attorney look at it for you.
You are asking the wrong question. 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 has about as much business practicing law as I do commanding a nuclear submarine... meaning none. Please understand that this is not personal to either of 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 nuances of rules of procedure and the art of cross-examination; and you are very likely to unintentionally 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."). In my opinion, the best defense for any traffic citation anywhere is to hire a local traffic ticket lawyer.
I can tell you for sure that in the 305, where I have been a practicing criminal defense lawyer for more than 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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In Florida, speedy trial for civil traffic tickets is 180 days. Please look at Florida Rules of Traffic Court 6.325 (a)
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