Long story short: I got a ticket a few months ago. I was going 10 MPH while looking for parking for the mid-state fair in Paso Robles, CA. As I approached the entrance to the fairgrounds, I saw that there was no more parking so I made a u-turn. Of course there was a cop behind me and he gave me a ticket.
He cited me for this code: 22103 vc
This code is defined as: "No person in a residence district shall make a U-turn when any other vehicle is approaching from either direction within 200 feet, except at an intersection when the approaching vehicle is controlled by an official traffic control device"
I did my homework because we all know a Jeeper can't afford a ticket and still keep his Jeep running, especially not while attending college. Anyway, I looked up a map of the different zones in that area and came up with this:
I was traveling northbound where the red dot is turning southbound
The areas around me are defined by the legend as RSC: "Riverside Corridor" which is described as(commercial/light industrial) and C: "Civic" which was the fairgrounds.
From my understanding, the cop wrote the wrong code on the ticket. He cited me for a u-turn in a residential area when I was not in one. Is this enough to dismiss the ticket?
ALSO, on top of all of that, I'm not going to fight the ticket in court, I'm going to instead submit a "Trial by written Declaration." For those of you who don't know what this means: You basically write up your statement and send it in to the courthouse. This gives you an advantage because
1) The officer doesn't get paid overtime to write a statement like he would if he appeared in the courtroom.
2) I don't have to appear in court EVER.
3) If you don't succeed, you can file for "Trial De Novo" which basically means you get a retrial and you are still allowed to do traffic school
+ many more benefits
1) This is only available in 9 states.
2) You give up your right to ask the officer questions
3) Any chance of dismissal due to the absence of the ticketing officer disappears
4) Because you’re not there in person it becomes much easier for the judge to find you guilty — all it takes is a rubber stamp
Based on all of that information, what do you guys think? Do I have a solid case?