I had a bench trial when I went pro se for a wreckless operation with no headlights. The officer wrote the ticket for the code for a taillight violation. During cross examination I asked her if she wrote me a ticket for the taillight code and she affirmed. I asked her if my headlights were out and she said no. From there I read for the court the code for the taillight violation and closed my case. Afterward a 5 minute recess was given so the prosecution could get a video. She produced a video of me driving my car on private property with no headlights. I was found guilty by the magistrate.
I would need more information concerning the judge's ruling. You might be able to appeal but you really need to have a local lawyer review the ruling.
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That is strange. It does appear from what you say that there is an appealable issue. You really should see an attorney. Much motor vehicle tickets are first heard administratively. The appeal process will depend on who heard the case and exactly what was said.
You might have a good appeal issue, but will it be worth the time and money? Tough to say, but find an experienced appellate attorney to review it with you before the deadline passes,
Your question relates to the credibility of the officer, based on the video that showed your headlights not on, but the officer on cross-examination denied your headlights were out.
Assuming the video was admitted in evidence (not just viewed), this raises a question about the officer's credibility. Credibility issues are normally for the trier of fact, not an appeals court, although in limited circumstances an appellate court can reverse based on manifest weight of the evidence. The video does not exonerate you however, because it shows you not using your headlights, and you were cited for a tail light violation.
If you wish to appeal, pro se, then make sure you do it right. You'll first need to timely file the appeal, order a transcript, make sure the exhibits are included in the record, and then the hard part, write a brief and argue the appeal. I wish you the best of luck, if you have no trepidation about doing an appeal yourself, but if it means that much to you, I would strongly suggest hiring an appeal lawyer.
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