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It is certainly in your best interest to retain a traffic ticket defense attorney to represent you. The first thing which they will want to do, is review the face of the citation and see if there is a legal basis to get it dismissed. If not, they will then have to look over the facts of the case and decide if it is in your best interest to work out a plea deal or to take the case to trial and make the State prove the allegation(s) against you. The officer will need to be present. If he/she fails to appear at trial, the case will likely be dismissed, unless a continuance is granted by the Judge, upon the showing of good cause. If the officer does appear, your attorney will be given a chance to cross examine them and attack their credibility. The attorney is going to want to inspect their documents and log book, to make sure that the speed measuring device was properly calibrated, that they have the citation logged and are certified to use the equipment. Moreover, they will question them about their training and experience, trying to create doubt that they may have not known what they were doing and improperly measured your speed. They will also raise any other possible defenses, which you may have, to try and obtain a finding of not guilty.
No, the officer does not have to show you the radar when he pulled you over. However, at trial, he would need to bring is log book and certification, to make sure it was documented and the radar was properly calibrate.
Yes, if you do not go to trial, you can ask the court for a plea deal. This is typically done at your first appearance and if you think it is in your best interest, you can accept it. As far as the smell of marijuana, it is not relevant to the speeding violation, so there is no point in him bringing this up.
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When your case is called, you will approach. At that time, you can ask the Judge for a plea offer, in consideration of resolving this. The Judge will look over your driving record and listen to any possible mitigating factors which you will present and make an offer at that time. You can accept it, if you want to close this out and think it is in your best interest or simply ask that the case be set for trial and make the State prove the alleged speeding violation against you.
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