Ticket Question: Officer says I ran a Red Light (I did not)
So, I turned left out of my residential area onto a main street in the Durham region. It was roughly 5pm. The Cop was at the red light waiting for it to change. The very next light about 300-500m down the road turn yellow, I rolled through (doing the speed limit). (I Didn't downshift or sped up to make it as I clearly was going to make it unless I braked hard).
Cop was atleast 100m or more back, and there is a slight downhil. (Which I thought made it hard to see the road)
Anyways, cop decides to pull me over shortly after. (3rd time being pulled over in my M3 in two years, first time given a ticket)
The follow conversation took place:
Officer: Are you in a hurry?
Me: No sir.
Officer: Do you know you ran the red light back there?
Me: I am pretty certain the light was amber as a entered the intersection.
Officer: Your front tires crossed the white line after the light turned red.
Me: (at this point i'm like wtf, but just said) I'm certain I was already in the intersection.
Officer: License and Registration please.....
Me: *Hands him my papers I had ready*
Officer: *Goes to his cruiser and comes back* You know if you admited to running the red light I would have let you off, but because you argued with me I am giving you a ticket.
Me: Thank you, see you in court.
So my plan so far is:
- Already filed for a court date
- Will file for disclosure as soon as i get it (I have to wait for the trail date right? I can't do this earlier? I will go in person to double check this)
So my concern is obviously it is my word against his, I did have my wife in the car with me who I can bring as a witness, but then we both have to take time off work. Now I have attended court before for not having my latest insurance slip on me, that got thrown out easily. I didn't have to goto trail. I am a little nervous because it sounds like this one will goto trail unless the cop doesn't show up.
I wanted to take pictures the road to show how hard it is to see the line from 100m back, questioning the officers judgement. But I don't think I am allowed to use that type of evidence in court. I think my only leverage is that I have a witness, but since it is my wife, does that even hold up? I am almost thinking I should get a paralegal to help me with this, because it is a Failure to stop for a red light ticket which is 3pts and $325, I don't care about the money I just don't want a charge on my record that i didn't do.
Anyways let me know if you have any suggestions or comments.