We will never speak on what a judge may or may not do regarding using a speedometer calibration in court. Code of Virginia In Virginia, the law states, the courts “shall consider” your calibration as evidence in determining guilt or innocence and the fixing of punishment. Say what? Notice the word “shall?” Now, notice the word, “consider.” So there you have it. In some jurisdictions, if it’s not a reckless driving infraction, the courts will automatically reduce the ticket to defective equipment, even if it’s only off by 1-2 MPH (non-moving violation) In Virginia and most states, a defective equipment charge is a non-moving violation resulting in zero (0) demerit points. Most insurance carriers won’t increase your premiums for defective equipment. It’s always best to appear in court. Better a little time spent in court than spending more time at work to pay for those jacked up insurance premiums. So… the time has come. The judge calls your name to come forward. Heart rate increases, blood pressure is elevated, you’re nervous, because there’s a lot on the line. It’s not like you’re going to jail, it’s just a simple speeding ticket. Well, a ticket that could cost you in for years to come in insurance premiums. If by chance, you’re facing a reckless driving charge, multiply everything above times ten including the “M” word. It’s money time. The procedure in court is pretty straight forward. You have been summonsed by law enforcement for a particular violation of a law. It’s the states burden, by eliminating reasonable doubt, that you in fact are guilty of that particular law violation. Before the judge it’s always the Commonwealth, state, or law enforcement officer’s duty to present the evidence first. The very first thing the judge will do is tell you what you have been charged with and then ask you what your plea is. It’s always best to plead “not guilty” because if you plead guilty, you’re guilty as charged. The case is technically done. Even if you have a speedometer calibration or a legitimate excuse. An excuse like “Judge, the day I got stopped, I was being chased by monsters!” (I’ve heard that before, no joke) Guess what? The judge has too. He or she has heard every excuse under the sun. So, straight to the point, if you’re representing yourself. If you have a lawyer, stand there and listen. The shorter the better. It’s always best to rehearse what you are going to say. Memorization is always the best. The next best thing is to have what you’re going to say reduced to writing in order to refresh your memory. Precise and to the point. After hearing your defense, the judge will make a ruling. If you have presented your case with a speedometer calibration, one of four things will happen. Not guilty, guilty, reduced to defective equipment see Non-moving (if you request it), or a reduction of the speed by MPH. See demerit to see how many points are associated with exceeding speed limits. This is what you can expect in Virginia. Most all other states are very similar. You’ve got this. Remember, you are presumed innocent until your case has been tried and you have been found guilty by a judge.