The California woman who received a ticket for wearing Google Glass while
driving last year is now free.
As previously predicted
, the state was unable to prove that the Google Glass device
was operating at the time that 44-year-old Cecilia Abadie was driving her car on her way home from
San Diego in October 2013. The testimony suggested that Officer Keith
Odle issued the citation only after Ms. Abadie became belligerent when
Ms. Abadie, a technology entrepreneur, said she felt that the judge reached
the correct decision. Commissioner Blair also dismissed a related speeding
ticket, as there was a lack of evidence as to Ms. Abadie's speed.
Peace officers use a wide array of equipment to determine whether or not
a vehicle is speeding. While the accuracy of these devices can seldom
be called into question, the state must still prove every element of the
offense beyond a reasonable doubt.
California defines reasonable doubt as "
an abiding conviction that the charge is true." Many people tend to rush to judgment and make up their minds quickly,
and juries in Mojave are certainly no exception. But a jury must examine
the evidence slowly and carefully; after all, the jury does go to the
room to "deliberate." After that careful examination, if there
is enough compelling evidence remaining, a jury may return a guilty verdict.
The better job your traffic ticket attorney in Bakersfield can do of explaining
this process to the jury, the better chance you have of an acquittal.
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