FIGHTING YOUR SPEEDING TICKET GUIDE
After reviewing the disclosure for your speeding ticket, you may find that information is missing or unclear. Remember that you have a right to a complete picture of the evidence against you. If you can’t read the officer’s notes because of poor handwriting, or if they haven’t included crucial pieces of information such as notes on how the speed monitoring equipment works, you can send a request for additional disclosure for your speeding ticket to the prosecutor’s office.
You can request additional disclosure for your speeding ticket the same way you requested disclosure in the first place. Just change the form you sent to indicate you’re requesting additional disclosure, and outline in the request the missing or unclear information you want included. If you are looking for rewritten notes, request that the prosecutor’s office have them typewritten instead. If you cannot read the evidence against you, how can you possibly prepare to defend yourself?
Make sure to request any additional disclosure for your speeding ticket immediately after receiving the original disclosure. Like before, it could take from four to six weeks to get to you, and maybe longer if they have to go out of their way to get the necessary information. The longer you wait to request additional disclosure for your speeding ticket, the more likely it is that it will cause a delay in your proceedings. Your time is valuable; don’t waste it.
Should I always request additional disclosure for my speeding ticket?
Only request additional disclosure for your speeding ticket if you genuinely think it will help you prepare to fight the speeding ticket. Requesting it just to delay proceedings will just make you look foolish to the court, and that will be far more damaging to your case than not having a piece of information you don’t really need. Remember that you will have to justify why you need the additional disclosure for your speeding ticket if you haven’t received it by the time your trial date comes around, and if you cannot give a good reason to the Justice, he or she isn’t likely to look very kindly upon you for wasting the court’s time.
Ultimately all this is to help you best defend yourself. Don’t stab yourself in the foot by making the Justice annoyed with you.