I’m afraid I might make the judge mad by defending myself

Question: I’m considering using your defense example that demand’s proof of the officer’s completion of the 24 hour radar course. However, it seems that a judge would not look favorably upon a lawbreaker challenging an officer and implying his testimony is “hearsay.”

Answer: Why would you call yourself a “lawbreaker”? You are a defendant.  You are presumed innocent until otherwise proven by the state. That’s what the judge is supposed to assume. If he assumes otherwise, he is violating judicial ethics and his oath. The process of contesting is confrontational by definition. The argument you refer to challenges the officer’s evidence, not his integrity. Don’t fear that you will annoy the court by mounting an aggressive defense.

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