Honolulu Traffic Offenses
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Police laser guns, often called
Lidar , work by sending pulses of light to an object, like your car. The pulses
of light bounce back to the device, which measures the change in the distance
between the pulses to calculate how fast your car is going.
The officer holding the gun aims it at a specific car, often focusing the
laser point on the front license plate. Laser guns have been in use to
catch speeders since the late 1980s, but they are not nearly as widespread
as radar guns, partly because they are more expensive for police departments to buy.
Laser Speeding Tickets & State Law
Courts in some states, including
Hawaii , have ruled that laser guns have been sufficiently tested and are proven
accurate. That doesn't mean that your case is hopeless.
The prosecutor must still prove the case, and all its elements, beyond
a reasonable doubt. The laser guns have to be regularly calibrated, the
officer must be able to testify properly and have the requisite firsthand
knowledge about the gun, its technology, maintenance and the circumstances
regarding your particular case. Some police departments may lack the personnel
or records to establish that the particular gun in question was operating
properly on the day in question. An attorney can help decide if a specific
ticket can be challenged and the best way to go about that.
Can a Honolulu Traffic Ticket Attorney Help?
Fighting a speeding ticket when police use a
laser gun can be difficult but not impossible. Police laser guns work differently
from radar guns, and law enforcement agencies say they are even more reliable.
But they aren't foolproof and attorneys around the country have been
able to get the results of laser guns thrown out by challenging the accuracy
of the technology or the training of the officer using the gun. Laser
guns also need to be regularly calibrated, if they're not, their results
may not hold up in court. Some attorneys have questioned their effectiveness
in the rain or snow as well. Attorneys have also successfully challenged
laser gun results by claiming that the officer operating the gun didn't
have enough training and may have made a mistake.
Other traffic offenses in Hawaii
Other traffic offenses include leaving the scene of an accident, having
an open alcohol container, DUI, reckless driving and the like. The government
still has the burden of proving all the elements beyond a reasonable doubt.
An experienced criminal defense attorney can utilize all of his skills,
from defending speeding tickets, DUI, assault, and even manslaughter,
to fight off traffic crimes. Although specific knowledge is necessary
for DUI and laser speeding tickets, the rules of evidence apply to all
criminal cases as do many other rules and laws.
Kevin O'Grady has that varied and lengthy experience.
Contact our firm today!