Many people tend to assume that electronic devices like radar and laser based speed measurement systems never fail. However, when one studies these systems and analyzes them alongside Title 39 (the NJ Motor Vehicle Statute) and the appropriate case law, one realizes that these devices are not as foolproof as they are made to seem.
There are numerous problems inherent to the utilization of radar as a speed measurement device, and these issues have been upheld in NJ case law. The same applies to the utilization of various forms of lasers for the measurement of motor vehicle speed.
These issues apply not only to the type of device the officer uses, but also to HOW the device was used, such as the methods the officer employed while using the device, the weather and road conditions, the traffic conditions and patterns, etc.
Furthermore, speed measurement devices, such as radar, require constant calibration with tuning forks. If a police department doesn't calibrate their devices in the manner required by law, this could result in the dismissal of the state's complaint.
Only a competent attorney, one who requests complete discovery and who takes the time to review it in detail, will best be able to determine what the proper course of action is for you and your unique situation. More often than not, the attorneys who fully prepare for court will be best positioned to acquire the best plea bargains due to the fact that they not only used the applicable case law and court laws well, but they also asked for discovery and have a working knowledge of the State’s mandatory disclosure rules regarding speeding measurement device use and calibration.
When you pick a firm for traffic representation, make sure they are willing to spend a little extra time and care when examining your case. Sometimes, it can make all the difference.
My South Jersey Law Office regularly serves the NJ communities of Camden, Pennsauken, Delran, Willingboro, Bellmawr, Runnemede, Deptford, Woodbury, Glassboro, Westville, Gloucester Township (Blackwood, Glendora, Erial, Sicklerville, Blenheim, Lambs Terrace, Chews Landing, and Hilltop) and Washington Township, (Turnersville, Sewell, Hurffville, Grenloch, CrossKeys, Bunker Hill and Chapel Heights).
If you live in these areas, or any other area of South Jersey and have been charged with speeding or any other sort of driving infraction, then contact my office immediately for a free consultation. I treat every client with extra-special care and go over the evidence and facts of their case, in-depth, so that no stone is unturned in their legal case.
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