Was your hearing in front of a judge or magistrate? What I have learned is when you go in front of a magestrate, it is usually an informal hearing. The few times I was in that situation the cops lied. I'm not sure but I think being informal they can't be charged with purgery (spelling?). The magistrate and cop may have been drinking buddies, the cop said I was guilty and the magistrate told me the cop was right. Pissed as hell I paid the fine and demanded to go in front of the real judge. The day before the hearing the prosecuting attorney called me and asked me why I though I wasn't responsible, after I told him my side he wanted to make a deal. My opinion is the magistrates job is to weed out the cases before they go to a real hearing, piss you off enough to where you say screw it, and grab your money. In a real hearing the judge may throw out the case and ***** out the P/A for not having a solid case or the P/A may have to work too hard to make a case and decide not to push it. BTW this was over a ticket for avoiding a traffic light.
I did sit through a case over a noise ticket in Grand Haven it never made it passed the P/A. The point is dont give up. Good Luck
PHKNLWYR am I way off in left field?