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Old 05-15-2012, 10:05 AM
 
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Hi everyone, before you jump to a conclusion please read through my whole post first.

I'm in town to visit a friend and was pulled over on Speedway (traveling east at Prudence intersection). The cop was on a motorcycle and he said I was going 58 which I know for certain I was not. I was just keeping up with the speed of moving traffic and was changing to the left lane in order to get into the left turn lane on Pantano ahead.

I'm looking at the ticket now in my room and noticed there's a Laser/Radar ID #. The interesting thing is, the information of the offending vehicle does not at all match my vehicle except for the color. The registered owner name is no one I know who lives in AZ. I live in MN and my vehicle is registered in MN.

My question is, can the vehicle registration information be used to fight this speeding ticket in court based on the fact that there's a possibility the radar/laser got the speed off of another vehicle?
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:10 AM
 
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I have no idea but sounds like you could fight it.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:27 AM
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Hi everyone, before you jump to a conclusion please read through my whole post first.

I'm in town to visit a friend and was pulled over on Speedway (traveling east at Prudence intersection). The cop was on a motorcycle and he said I was going 58 which I know for certain I was not. I was just keeping up with the speed of moving traffic and was changing to the left lane in order to get into the left turn lane on Pantano ahead.

I'm looking at the ticket now in my room and noticed there's a Laser/Radar ID #. The interesting thing is, the information of the offending vehicle does not at all match my vehicle except for the color. The registered owner name is no one I know who lives in AZ. I live in MN and my vehicle is registered in MN.

My question is, can the vehicle registration information be used to fight this speeding ticket in court based on the fact that there's a possibility the radar/laser got the speed off of another vehicle?
I had a similar situation years back with a parking ticket. It was the same plate number as mine but the wrong vehicle and state. I called the judges office and sent them a copy of my registration and they cancelled the ticket.
Six months later I got another ticket and again called the judges office. They cancelled the ticket again and advised me to get new plates. I did and the tickets stopped.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:34 AM
 
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Sounds like you can definitely fight it. I had a speeding ticket where the cop didn't write in the VIN and, when the clerk saw it, she said "Make sure you point that out, because he'll probably dismiss it." Unfortunately, that wasn't enough, but I got out of the ticket for another reason. Wrong vehicle description should definitely do it. Problem is that you have to deal with going to court to fight it.
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:36 PM
 
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If your ticket has a different vehicle description and license plate number than the vehicle you were driving at the time, it appears the officer may have stopped the wrong vehicle. It happens. Not only can you fight it, but most likely would be dismissed if you could prove it was not the vehicle you were driving at the time. Go to court prepared, with your registration, vehicle insurance and a picture of the vehicle, including the license plate, of the vehicle you were driving at the time. Mistakes happen, but being polite in court goes a long way.
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