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Good evening. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. Did you have your phone in your hand?
And what were you doing with it?
Thank you. If you did not have your phone in hand, then it is odd that he would make a such an allegation and charge you with texting while driving. Now, you can bring in the phone records to show the court, evidencing that at or around the time that the citation, there were not text messages sent or received. However, what it will not show, is if you were texting BUT did not send the text, so he could always try and argue once you saw him you put it down. Of course, you can testify against what he claims and use the records to support it and it will be at the discretion of the Judge to decide who to believe. You can question the Officer as to what he actually saw and how long he was observing you for, to make sure a false allegation.
Are you allowed to write a letter in lieu of appearing?
Yes, you need to present all valid arguments and create doubt, as to the ability of the officer to have actually seen you texting while driving and present additional evidence, to deny that it was done and support what you were doing.