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A tough case to defend, traffic lawyer says

- NewsChannel 36
Wednesday, May. 25, 2011

TROUTMAN, N.C. -- After being clocked going 128 mph in a 45 mph zone, NASCAR driver Kyle Busch's best defense may simply be to beg for mercy from the judge, according to a lawyer who regularly handles traffic cases.

According to the traffic citation obtained by NewsChannel 36, the 26-year-old driver was caught on radar at 1:52 p.m. Tuesday.

Attorney Seth Johnson says it's incredibly difficult to argue your case in front of a judge if an officer catches you speeding on radar.

"It doesn’t sound like he would have an actual legal defense if he was caught on radar," explained Johnson. "Radar is kind of tough to beat. I mean it has to be calibrated and officers have to be trained to detect for speeding violations."

Johnson said Busch's best defense would be the "beg for mercy defense."

According to the traffic citation, Busch is charged with both speeding and careless operation of a motor vehicle. Because he was traveling so fast, he could lose his license for up to a year.

"DMV can suspend [his] license. That would be an automatic revocation if he's convicted of that speed," said Johnson.

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