Laser devices require precision of use and where an officer has not operated the device in question correctly it is possible to argue that the evidence, or speed reading, obtained should be excluded.
If a Court could not be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the speed reading was reliable or likely to be accurate you would be found not guilty and acquitted. In such a situation you would be entitled to recover your reasonable costs in preparing your defence.
It is essential that laser prosecutions are correctly challenged and that expert evidence is obtained from Court approved expert witnesses. A favourable expert report, together with robust and skilful cross examination of the road side officer is likely to rebut a presumption that the laser device was used correctly in your case.
Laser devices are frequently operated incorrectly by traffic officers, which leads to questionable results being obtained. The chances are if you do not believe that you were travelling at the speed alleged you probably were not and the laser was probably not used correctly in targeting your vehicle.
At Stephensons, we have access to a variety of approved expert witnesses and an extensive library of materials and handbooks that are designed to be used by traffic officers. We therefore know how officers should be trained and how laser devices actually work. We also have vast experience and expertise in defending laser cases and regularly partner with the country’s leading expert witnesses.
There are a number of laser devices that are currently the subject of Home Office Type Approval:
LTI 20.20 TS/M Speed Measuring Device
Kustom Prolaser II Speed Measuring Device
LTI 20.20 TS/M "Speedscope" Speed Measuring Device
LTI 20/20 Ultralyte 100 Speed Measuring Device
LASTEC Local Video System
LaserCam Digital Camera System
RIEGL LR 90-235/ P
Cleartone Stealth Speedlaser
Laser Data Interface (LDI)
Autovision 3 (AV3)
Unipar Urban Speed Ace
LTI 20.20 Ultralyte 100
Jenoptik LaserPatrol SpeedLaser
RIEGL FG 21-P
Leica XV2 SpeedLaser
ProLaser III Hand Held Speedmeter
Autovision 3 (AV3)
LaserCam NT Speedmeter