I am Daniele XXXXXXXXXXX, a PhD student at UCSD (CA). One month ago I got a ticket for speeding in the city of Pahrump (NE). I have been pulled over by a police car because the speed limit was 35mph and I was driving at 55mph. The fact is that in that piece of road the speed limit drops suddenly from 55mph to 35mph, a typical speed trap. That day I have been driving all day through the Death Valley, it was 9.30pm and I was tired so I was checking the speed limit on the GPS. For that road the GPS didn't show any speed limit, so I didn't notice the change. The police pulled me over and said my speed was 56mph, even if according to me it was 55mph. Later I discovered that from 55 to 56 there is a big difference because I entered the range +21-30 over the limit and the ticket increased. Besides, I showed him my italian driver's license which I've always being using in California and the officer replied that it is not a valid driver's license, so he charged also for driving without a valid driver's license.
Since it is my first infraction ever, not only since I came to US, I was expecting just a warning and I think the officer has been extremely severe. Besides, I learnt from DMW that driving with my italian driver's license is fine.
Wnat I wanted to know is first if I can move the trial
to San Diego, since going to the Pahrump Justice Court
will be too demanding for me; second if I can fight both parts of the ticket. The global amount of the ticket is 550$, but I am more afraid of spoiling my record in case I will apply for a green card later.
Thank you for all the support you could give me.