California Speed Law
There are a number of different California speed laws that you can be cited for. In this blog, we will explore one specific California speed law: Vehicle Code 22350.
What does the law say?
Vehicle Code 22350 says “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
What does this mean?
In summation, you are required to drive at a safe speed under the conditions of the road. For example, if you are driving fifty (50) mph on a road that limits speed at forty (40) mph, then you may or may not be in violation. In order to find one in violation under this scenario, you need to look at other factors including but not limited to the amount of traffic, weather conditions, visibility, etc. After considering these factors, you can likely come to a conclusion if you violated the law.
In the event that your case goes to trial, all elements of the alleged speeding violation must be proven. The evidence must be substantial and show that you drove at a speed that endangered people or property or that the driver drove at a speed that was unreasonable for the driving conditions. Upon satisfying the above, you can be convicted of speeding under VC 22350.
If an officer gave you a ticket for exceeding the posted speed limit, don’t worry. The outcome of your ticket is not decided at that point. One needs to consider multiple factors and pitch your argument on trial day. This is where an experienced criminal defense attorney becomes vital. A top criminal defense lawyer will be able implement key legal strategies that may result in a win for your case.
If you have a speeding ticket that you’d like to fight, it’s in your best interest to call the Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher to assist you in fighting this ticket in court. Call 800-797-8406 for a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We can help you can the best possible outcome for your case.