Due to the use of a Radar Gun, what happens when you are stopped by the police for speeding?
One of the more common questions I receive on a Georgia Speeding Ticket, has to do with whether or not the officer showed them that the radar gun or speed gun is calibrated especially with Georgia Super Speeder cases. Or, that the officer did not show them the read out. Those are legitimate questions, but they will not win the case or carry the day; here’s why.
1. The officers do not have to show you the readout due to officer safety. The police do not want to have a policy where the public is allowed to go into the patrol vehicle for obvious reasons such as, officer safety and driver safety.
2. In regards to calibration, it is important to know that lasers and speed guns do need to be calibrated. However even if the equipment was not calibrated, most officers are trained in how to estimate speed. They are able to testify to this in court. Many judges will find this testimony as credible and sufficient to convict someone of speeding.
3. It is very important that they calibrated their speed guns and it is also fairly easy to do so. The officer uses a tuning fork , which vibrates at a certain speed, to calibrate the gun. They need to do this at the start and end of a shift and they need to keep a log of these calibrations. Determining that the officer followed the correct protocol is important to any defense case.
About the attorney: Anne Bishop is a Georgia Lawyer with A. Bishop Law in Gainesville, Georgia and handles various DUI / DWI, Marijuana Arrests and other Georgia Criminal Defense matters. The law office of A. Bishop Law can assist clients throughout Georgia including: Hall County (Gainesville, Oakwood, Flowery Branch), Jackson County (Jefferson, Braselton) White County (Helen, Cleveland), Lumpkin County (Dahlonega), Dawson County (Dawsonville), Habersham County (Demorest, Cornelia), and all of Northeast Georgia.
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