Join Date: Nov 2003
Sportbike: 01 F4i (Well, I HAD one, anyway)
Years Riding: 7
How you found us: I google myself regularly
The cop did show, and he was a total giggly little voerconfident prick like they mostly are. I don't really know how I got off. I think it's possible that he never really radared me and he lied about it. Traffic stops are all audio recorded in our town, and the audio recording had me asking to see the radar and him refusing to show it. I suspect that the judge might have checked the radar # and found no evidence, I don't know.
All I did was folow trial procedure-- I inundated the cop with questions (how many people do you pull over each day? Times how many days you work a year that's how many people....how can you remember every detail? What was the weather like? What was traffic like? What was I wearing?) because when you do that all you do is put doubt in the judge's mind. The more the judge hears the cop say "I don't know" the better you are. If you also keep repeating questions you might be able to catch the guy contradicting himself. But, generally, it's your word against the cops and if you can't find a legal reason out (like you didn't stop but there was no stop sign, etc.) you're screwed. That's why I suspect that the cop lied, the judge checked his story, and I lucked out. I also lucked out because there were walk-ins after my case and the judge wanted to get done asap, so he had time over the weekend to listen to the audio tape and make a decision. I suspect that that is when he looked into my story about their being another cop present (which the one cop denied and was lying about) and my story about asking to see the radar.)
But overall my strategy was to place enough doubt in the judge's mind that he wouldn't convict me.
Oh, and +1-- NEVER run. If the cop wants to, he can charge you with Felony evasion of police. Also, there is no way out of that-- cops nowadays have video and that can get evidence on your for evasion NO PROBLEM. Try getting a job after a felony!