How to reduce speed on a speeding ticket?
Question Details: My son got a speeding ticket on I-84 from a CT State trooper. The trooper came up from behind and pulled him over. He got a ticket for doing 85 in a 65 mph zone. No radar was used, the trooper based the speed by following him. My son pleaded not guilty hoping to reduce the speed down. What is the best way to do that? Note - his car was hit a few weeks prior to getting the ticket. Front passenger quarter panel is pretty dented but OK to drive, however something that would prevent him from doing excessive speeds. Is this a valid argument or should I argue that judging speed by following a car is inaccurate?
1) Judging speed by following *is* considered accurate and is an accepted way to judge speed; you will not win on this argument.
2) To argue that the quarter panel damage would prevent excessive speed, you MUST have an expert (maybe a mechanic who works with race or high-performance cars) appear in court and testify as to why, based on his experience, training, etc. the damage would preclude high speeds. Your opinion, or your son's opinion, as lay persons will simply not be accepted by the court.