Preparing Notes for Trial

Write notes of everything you remember during the day in question, or as soon as possible. Having notes helps you remember during trial. The police officer uses his or her notes to refresh his or her memory during trial, and so should you. It tends to carry more weight if you have notes and remember more details regarding the day in question.
 
Regardless of the type of traffic charge, having detailed notes of the event will not only help your credibility but will also help you compare your own notes with the disclosure (the police officer’s notes) to help prepare you for the upcoming trial.
 
There are specific notes to take down and consider for speeding cases
For speeding cases, it is especially important to remember to take note of the traffic conditions (was it heavy or light? how many cars were around you at the time?), weather (was it rainy, clear, foggy?), road conditions (was it wet? dry?), where the police car was located when the officer clocked your speed (was it parked on the side of the road? was the officer behind you?), how the officer clocked your speed (was it a speed trap involving other officers? pacing? radar? laser?) and the dialogue that was exchanged between you and the officer at the time of the offence (did you say anything about going only a certain speed limit? did you apologize and admit you were speeding?). The officer, if meticulous, would have taken down note for note details of the incident, and whether or not you said anything that incriminated you.
 
Also take note if the officer did anything illegal when pulling you over. Some examples would be U-Turns, following you too closely or driving off roadway.


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