Three Wins On
Red Light Camera Tickets
A Gentleman had emailed me regarding a red light camera ticket. I emailed back that if he would commit to going to court and fighting the ticket I would prepare a defense and help him beat the ticket. We both agreed to do our best to beat the ticket and arranged to meet at the court a half hour before the trial so we could go over the defense.
At the trial the judge and cop dotted the i's and crossed the t's. The judge read the survey into the record so the cop could use radar evidence. The cop cited the entire history of the public discussions, votes, public notices, warning period, etc. required by CVC 21455.5. He also had the chain of evidence log signed by anyone who had touched the film or pictures.
If I hadn't known better I would have thought things looked pretty bleak for my guy. Using the defense I had prepared he got as far as asking if the pictures the officer had were originals or certified copies. The judge said that they were not. The defendant mentioned People v Earnest and before he could finish his sentence the judge practically threw the pictures off his bench and back to the bailiff, ruling them inadmissible and dismissing the case.
This would have made for a good afternoon, but before the officer could even finish erasing the drymarker off the map he had used in his testimony (yes, he had a 2' x3' laminated map of the intersection; I guess it takes money to make money) the judge had dismissed two more of the officer's cases.
As we were leaving the courtroom, a couple of motorcycle officers seated in the last row gave us two big thumbs up.
All in all, not a bad afternoon.