You should definitely fight your ticket in court. You stand a good chance of having your ticket dismissed if you request a hearing and file the motion for the production of exculpatory evidence discussed below. You need to mail a written request for a hearing, along with the ticket you received and your explanation of your defense (including any evidence), to:
DC DMV Adjudication Services
PO Box 37135
Washington, DC 20013
Follow the instructions on the back of the ticket. Along with the request for a hearing you should file a motion for production of exculpatory and other evidence. Here is a link to a sample motion: https://www.trafficviolationlawfirms.com/resources/traffic-tickets/fighting-your-ticket/example-letter-contest-ticket-dc.htm. Adjust the facts to fit your situation.
You must file this motion to have a real chance at dismissing your ticket. You must serve this motion not only upon the Bureau of Traffic Adjudication Services, but upon the DC Police Department and include their addresses on the certificate of service on the last page of the form. Bring an extra copy of the motion with you to the hearing. The address of the Metropolitan Police Department is:
Metropolitan Police Department
Traffic Safety - Automated Enforcement Unit
2850 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
The DC Police Department does not routinely allow police officers to attend hearings to defend photo enforcement tickets. Once you have filed your motion for exculpatory and other evidence (including the request that they produce a police officer to support the charges) you will be in a position to argue at the hearing that the case must be dismissed for the District’s failure to produce a witness to substantiate the reliability of the photographs or radar readings at issue.
For a more thorough explanation of this defense, go here: https://www.trafficviolationlawfirms.com/resources/traffic-tickets/traffic-laws/fighting-photo-ticket-dc-system.htm
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