Can I appeal a traffic court decision?
I have recently contested a speeding ticket and was found guilty. Here's what happened: I was pulling out of a gas station in the median of the Florida Turnpike, when a state trooper pulled in front of me and wrote me a ticket. I did not examine the ticket closely until I arrived to my destination and that's when I learned the ticket was for 100 mph. I sent an affidavit of defense to the court because I'm a student and couldn't get out of school to go there myself. The key point I made on the affidavit is that the officer could not be sure that he pulled over the right car otherwise he would have followed me into the gas station and that he must have lost sight of the car that was actually speeding.
My questions are: Did I have a good point? Was it a bad idea to send the affidavit instead of going in person? Is it possible for me to appeal this to other judges or a higher court? One additional point: I have several previous speeding tickets on my driving record.