If you get
pulled over by the police for speeding and could be charged with a 22356, 22348, 22349 or a 22350, and you lie
to the police about the circumstances of why you were going so fast (for
example, a family emergency), you could be charged with a misdemeanor
for giving false information to a police officer under California Vehicle Code 31.
This very thing recently happened to a New Jersey woman, who when pulled
over by a New Jersey state trooper, lied to the officer about her father
dying in the hospital. She stated that she was on her to say her final
goodbyes. The officer let her go, but later did some digging and found
that her father had died five years earlier. After also discovering that
her registration had been suspended, the trooper drove to the woman's
house and arrested her.
Some people have a legitimate excuse for speeding that may include getting
to a hospital to see a dying relative, being late to a job interview,
or a sick child that needs immediate care, but lying to a police officer
Contesting a ticket for speeding may be more difficult if you are eventually charged for the speeding
and giving false information to a police officer.
Be friendly and respectful to police officers. You can be respectful and
truthful, while at the same time politely declining to give incriminating
answers regarding your driving.