Can I contest a speeding ticket in a school zone?
Question Details: I was recently issued a ticket for speeding 39 mph in a school zone. I live in a community adjacent to the school and usually don't use that route at that time of the day. Unfortunately, on this specific day I had to and was a little distracted and could have missed the flashing light. Although, I have lived in this area for 3.5 years now and on several occasions have seen those lights operate at random times even when school was off, so I have my doubts on whether or not it was active at that time. Coming back to my ticket, I noticed that the officer completely misspelled my car make as "Hobbs trailers" instead of "Honda Civic". She also had the direction that I was traveling in reverse northbound instead of southbound. Based on that and the location of my ticket, I would actually be outside the school zone by about 30ft when her radar would have caught me. Can I use this technicality and contest the case?
No, it is unlikely that these technicalities will result in the dismissal of your ticket so long as the officer is prepared and willing to testify as to what you did and where you were ticketed. The law does not invalidate cases based on unimportant errors (like mispelling what kind of vehicle you were in) or "typographic" errors (like wriiting northbound rather than southbound) and the court has the power to amend, or correct those errors. So long as the officer will testify as to facts that would support the ticket, it is very unlikely that the errors describe will defeat the ticket.