Seeking legal advice
Here'* the story
About seven months ago, I was pulled over and given a ticket for 93mph in a 60mph zone. I was not speeding. What happened was, there was a vehicle tailing me very closely (turned out I knew him through a friend later on) for about 5 miles through town. (St. Cloud MN.)
When I hit a county road (it went from a 50mph zone to a 60mph zone) I was accelerating from 50mph up to 60mph as anyone else does. The car tailing me hears me accelerating, decides to stomp it down and blow past me to try and get me to race him. (He told the officer this.)
The officer pulled me over and flagged the other car to pull over as well, gave us both the exact same ticket, (93/60 endangerment of life and or property.) which is a misdemeanor.
The officer told me that the other driver admitted to trying to get me to race him, I told him my side and still issued the ticket.
Had a court trial today, and no, it didn't go well.
Here'* pretty much how it went:
-Less than five minutes before stepping into the court room, the prosecutor handed me a plea deal the expired on June 24th, 2008. Today is July 8th, 2008. So I didn't take it thinking I wasn't eligable to since it was in writing that the deal was withdrawn on the 24th of June.
She (the prosecutor) told me it wasn't sent to me because they didn't believe that I was home yet. (I spend 4mo. 9days in Fort Knox KY. came home on May 19th)
I had arranged the continuance before I left, that'* how they knew I had been gone.
-Officer stated the radar gun had been calibrated before his shift, but showed no documentation or proof that it had been in fact, calibrated.
-Other driver admitted to "trying to get me to race," the officer stated this when the ticket was issued and I had brought it up before the judge. Not to mention me and the other driver were issued the same exact ticket.
-Neither officer nor Prosecutor display on physical evidence, or any form of evidence (video, photo or proof of the radar reading etc. )other than his own word against me.
Take a wild guess who the judge sided with?
I went from a plea deal of $300 fine and just speeding, to the original $380/endangerment of life/property. (Misdemeanor offense.)
I'm looking at appealing this because it could potentially screw me over in my new job. Any advice?