CA TRAFFIC LAW QUESTION
CA traffic violation
Need help deciding going to trial, pay ticket/traffic school or trial by written declaration. Could i even attend traffic school despite being over 25 above the speed limit? I already requested an extension of 60 days.
On April 10, 2013 at 4:25pm i was pulled over for an 81 in a 55 mph zone.
I was driving Eastbound on SR 138 and its mostly a 2 lane highway
with some parts widening for passing.
I got pulled over about 4.5 miles West of the 138/15 junction.
I was driving when a 10 passenger van was passing me on the left side and the road began to curve to the right and narrow to a single lane.
There were 2 CHP units parked tandem on the right side of the highway. Additionally there was also a civilian vehicle parked in front of the CHP units, probably stopped for speeding
By this time the van was already in front of me and pulling away.
I noticed the 2 units on the side of the road. Just before i was passing the CHP units, i noticed the rear unit turn its flashers on and began to pull on the highway. The police car was behind me and i thought that i should get out of his way but to my surprise the officer used his PA system and instructed me to pull over.
I noticed also that the officer pulled over the van that passed me a bit earlier.
The first CHP unit that was busy with another vehicle was done and came over behind me. That officer instruced me to drive forward on the dirt curb and park close to the unit that pulled me over.
The officer that had pulled me over came to my window asked why i did not follow his intruction to pull over closer to his vehicle, but i told him that i could not see that far away to see his intruction.
I was not cited by the officer that had pulled me over but by the other officer. As i was attempting to question how they determined my speed, the citing officer said to me as "both" to my question, maybe referring to radar gun and speed determination through other means. The citation
includes both the officer's names, one as the citing officer and the other the arresting officer. The 'RADAR' box was not checked but the 'MVARS'(mobile video/audio recording systems) was checked and some 6 digit number was written in the same area, probably a radar number.
I now know the person who was driving the passenger and in fact it would be the van that i would carpool with the following day.
He gave me a copy of his citation with some differences; the officer that had pulled me over is the only name on his citation and the 'RADAR' and 'MVARS' boxes are checked along with the written 6 digit number.
If i go to trial, how do i subpoena the van driver, the CHP officers with their notes/audio and video recordings and any other relevant info to my case?