[VIDEO] How NOT to Get Your Speedometer Calibrated

There is a HUGE difference between a speed sensor replacement and a speedometer calibration. Let’s take a look at the difference and find out which one will help you in court.

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How not to get your speedometer calibrated. Hi, I’m Andrew Flusche. I’m your Virginia traffic and misdemeanor attorney. You’d be surprised how many times people come into court with what they claim to be documentation about their speedometer being off and the judge looks at it and says “I can’t tell what this says. This doesn’t actually say anything about what your speedometer was doing.” What happens quite often is people take their vehicle to their regular mechanic and their regular mechanic does some tinkering around and charges them a couple hundred dollars and gives them a receipt that says the speed sensor was replaced or in the best case scenario like this the mechanic will give them a report that says “Speedometer was off two miles an hour. Speed sensor replaced.” Something like that. The judges typically, at least in the Fredericksburg area, don’t give you much, if any, credit for that.

I saw a case just like this the other day in Spotsylvania county where I was representing reckless driving clients. The defendant walked up with some documentation and said “Judge, my speedometer’s off. I had it fixed.” He presented a receipt for the mechanic and before he even saw it, the judge says “Let me guess, a speed sensor.” Sure enough, it was a speed sensor replacement and the judge explained to the defendant that there’s no way for the court to know what the speedometer was doing on the day in question. This is not the correct approach for a speedometer calibration. Please do not take your vehicle to your regular mechanic unless they know what they’re doing and know how to actually do a calibration on your speedometer.

I have other videos that explain how that’s done. Please stay tuned to the very end, you’ll have a link to those videos where you can learn how an actual speedometer calibration is done, what kind of machine is used, what the form should look like, similar to anyway. In Virginia, we need an actual chart that shows the actual discrepancy of your speedometer reading versus your actual vehicle speed, that’s how to do a calibration. A speed sensor replacement receipt is not going to help us, we need an actual calibration.

Check out my other videos to learn more about how that works.

Andrew Flusche

My name is Andrew Flusche. I am a traffic and misdemeanor defense lawyer in Virginia. I limit my practice to traffic tickets and misdemeanor defense, so I know the ins and outs of these offenses. I literally wrote the book on reckless driving in Virginia which you can get on Amazon here or download for free here. I opened my practice in 2008 after earning my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Since then I have earned over 600 5-star reviews from happy clients on Google, Yelp, Facebook, and Avvo. If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor offense in Virginia, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Your initial consultation is always free, and you'll talk directly with me about the details of your case.
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