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You first need to respond to the ticket by filing your response as indicated on the back of the citation. You will check the Not Guilty Block and request a hearing. You will need to pay the citation and costs upfront. If you are successful at the hearing this will be refunded to you.
At the hearing you will testify that it was necessary to enter the HOV lane to avoid another car that swerved into your lane.
If you violate a traffic law to avoid an accident that is a viable defense to the citation. Yes this will be your word against the police officer, but if you persuade the judge that your version is what happened then the judge should dismiss the charges against you.
Of course the judge may choose not to believe you, but it is appropriate for you to make a safe maneuver to avoid an accident.
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