As I approach the City of Jordan on HWY 169, I glance at my new Garmin GPS. It says I am in a 65 mph zone, when in fact the posted speed limit is 55. This particular stretch of road is a known “speed trap.”
First of all, few are able to hire a lawyer to fight a speeding ticket. However, realistically, please know that if the State convicts you for speeding, your insurance can go up as much as $400 per year, as I have recently discovered after getting a speeding ticket last year. I was astounded! Over three years, that’s a $1200 bill!
Speed cases are difficult to defend, especially if the State has a radar reading to prove their case. However, if you are pulled over for speed, and particularly if you have any doubt as to the truth of the allegation, do not admit guilt. Remember, you have a right to remain silent, and anything you say can and will be used against you at trial.
However, when your Garmin says you’re in a 65 mph zone, and the posted speed limit is 55 mph, who’s to say what is true? Both are hearsay. Both are inadmissible to prove the content of their message. How then, does one prove where the speed limit changes? How do you know? How does the cop know? Does the cop know where the city limit is? The city limit is important, because speeds above 55 mph are often prohibited in cities.
More importantly, can you rely on the Garmin as your witness? In other words, there is room for reasonable doubt before a Judge Trial, if you assert this as your defense. Be prepared to present images of your Garmin as the speed is displayed on the screen, for example.
NOTE: For those of you who need to know, if your speeding ticket is in a 55 to 60 mph zone, get your speed reduced to 65 mph and it won’t go on your record. In all other speed situations, particularly if it is your first speeding ticket, it may pay to ask the City Attorney who is prosecuting your case, to agree to a stay of adjudication. You may still pay the fine, but it does not go on your record. As long as it remains off your record, the insurance company won’t see it.
Now, relating to the central question regarding the Garmin GPS: my vehicle’s speedometer registers 5 mph faster than the speedometer in my SUV. The GPS instrument is controlled by up to 20 different satellites tracking my movement.
Which reading is correct? I would argue that the Garmin is more accurate, primarily because the new tires on this car may not be the same diameter. The State would argue that the cop’s speed radar device is the most accurate. These are all compelling points for the Court to consider at Trial.
Today I am asking a simple request, that we all open our hearts and give love to those we care about, and those that go before us. Today I am especially saddened that Julie Ann Bergeman, a good friend, died last Sunday, January 18, 2015 at her home in Madelia, Minnesota.
She is the daughter of sheriff Jack Keech, of Watonwan County, the mother of 4, and in love with her husband, Terry. She raised a fine family with a good foundation for its future. She left us, too early. I am reminded of Wordsworth's words:
Trailing clouds of glory, we come from God Who is our Home.
Julie, you propel me to being a better human being, and to strive to be the best in life as I am able. Thank you for having such an important and profound impact on all of us.
Please find our Legal Memorandum of Law in Support of Mr. Hansen’s motions to dismiss the charges pending, and to recover his lost property seized by Brown County, Minnesota authorities, as a result of an alleged marijuana grow in the privacy of his living room.
I am deeply grateful for the assistance of Veronica Lopez, Christian Taylor, Cora Hamann, and Marcella LaZebnik. In particular, I am grateful and deeply indebted to the legal research and writing provided by Elizabeth M. Levine, Attorney at Law, Mankato, Minnesota.
Take the time to read these words.They are moving and inspiring.They will propel us to a new future we all deserve.Among the fundamental rights stressed in this legal document is recognition that love is a fundamental right.
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Exupery told us.
Above all else, I am grateful to those who have gone before.Billy Jo Clemons, Peter Landherr, Terry Domek, Hippy, and Jessica.This is your message.You are remembered.
I am grateful to the One and all who have assisted in the preparation of this legal memorandum of law.
I would also like to express my extreme gratitude to my parents, Doug and Gwen Johnson, Sr.You instilled the discipline necessary for this rigorous study, saving the family farm.This is the answer.
This Brief goes out to every single farmer, or future farmer, in the State of Minnesota.There is money in this crop. And its not just in the flower top. Let us get smart, claim our rights, and march forward. This is our country.Minnesota is our home.Let it grow, live long, and prosper.
Finally, I thank Jon Hansen II, for his courage in standing up to a system in dire need of reform. We are at the brink of a new tomorrow.
Sincerely, Calvin P. Johnson
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