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Good morning. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. If you are not automatically required to appear in court, you could enter a plea of not guilty and request a court date. At your first appearance, would be the time in which you can speak with the DA and work out a plea deal. The fact that this is your first ticket in 20 years, is certainly a mitigating factor for the court to consider. Moreover, the sign needs to be posted in a conspicuous place. You may want to return to the area and take a photo, showing that the sign was small and possible hidden/difficult to see, based upon the construction activity and you were without knowledge, that the speed was reduced. It would be at the discretion of the DA at that time, to work with you on a plea, to reduce the points/fine. Another option would be to retain the services of a traffic ticket defense attorney. 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.
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