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Going to court to fight a speeding ticket is often in your best interests, but it’s important to know what defense strategy is most likely to be successful. Here are some speeding ticket defenses that don’t work and how you can get trustworthy legal representation to protect your rights and your license after being pulled over. 

Attacking the Officer’s Credibility 

A potential defense that is rarely effective is attacking or undermining the officer’s credibility. A defendant may attempt to show that an officer gave them a ticket only to meet their monthly quota, or they may try to bring up past evaluations of the officer that were negative to suggest that they are untrustworthy. 

However, police officers have the benefit of being presumed honest by the court and typically, this means their word is believed. You are far better off challenging the validity of the speedometer results. 

Drilling Down Mistakes On the Ticket 

Police officers often get small details wrong, like the color of your vehicle, especially if you were pulled over at night. Or, they may misspell your name or your address. Some defendants believe that if a ticket contains any kind of mistake that it becomes invalid. However, this simply isn’t true. 

Minor errors are expected and may be a little embarrassing for the officer when called into question in court, but they’re usually not enough to warrant the dismissal of the entire ticket. To do this, you must be able to show that the error was egregious, such as writing down the wrong court date or charging you with an offense that doesn’t apply. 

Suggesting You Were Just Going With the Flow of Traffic 

Some defendants will argue that they were going just as fast as the other cars on the road, or may point out that another driver was going even faster. While naturally this feels unfair, in the eyes of the law, it doesn’t necessarily matter. 

If you were clocked at a speed higher than the posted limit, the officer had the right to pull you over and issue you a citation, regardless of how fast or slow other cars on the road were driving. 

Get Help Beating an Atlanta Speeding Ticket 

To beat a speeding ticket in Atlanta and keep points off your license, you need a solid defense strategy that uses case evidence to your advantage. Get legal help now by calling The Kimbrel Law Firm now at (770) 349-9219.

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Having your license suspended can significantly impact your daily life. It may make it more difficult to get to school, work, doctor’s appointments, and other important places on time. However, you may qualify for a special type of driving permit that allows you to operate your vehicle only at certain times and for certain purposes, such as traveling back and forth to your job. Here’s what you should know. 

What Is a Temporary Hardship Driver’s License? 

 

A temporary hardship driver’s license, also called a limited driving permit, may be available for some Georgia residents after their license has been suspended due a traffic charge or accumulating too many points against a person’s state driver’s license. 

 

A temporary hardship license can allow a Georgia resident to drive themselves to and from work without having to rely on public transportation that is often late or unreliable. You may be able to obtain a limited permit that allows you to travel to other places as well, if you can show that you have a significant need and other transportation options aren’t available. For example, if you have a chronic medical condition that requires you to go to the doctor frequently, you can petition to add these locations and times to your amended driving privileges. 

Who Is Eligible for a Temporary Hardship License? 

 

The reason your driver’s license was suspended plays a role in whether or not you can obtain a temporary hardship license. For example, if your license was suspended due to missing a court appearance, you may not have difficulty being granted a limited driving permit. However, if your license was suspended for another reason relating to serious traffic violations, such as multiple drunk driving arrests, the DDS may decide that it’s not in the best interest of public safety to allow you to drive.

How Do I Apply for a Hardship License? 

 

You can apply for a hardship license after your driver’s license has been suspended by submitting an application form to your local DDS branch. You can also mail your application or apply over the phone. The cost to apply is $25. 

Do I Need to Contact a Georgia Traffic Ticket Attorney? 

 

Was your Georgia driver’s license suspended? You deserve to have your driving privileges; don’t hesitate to take action to get legal help applying for a limited permit. Call The Kimbrel Law Firm now for more information at (770) 349-9219.

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Many people mistakenly assume that reckless driving is a slam-dunk case. This isn’t necessarily true and simply paying your ticket up front may not be the best strategy. Many Atlanta drivers are successful at having reckless driving charges reduced or even dismissed, depending on the facts surrounding their case and available evidence. Here’s how you can get help fighting a ticket for reckless driving. 

You Weren’t the Person Driving 

Surprisingly, this is a common defense against reckless driving charges. The burden of proof is on the prosecution when you’re ticketed or charged with a crime and depending on the circumstances of your alleged violation, they may not be able to produce adequate proof that you were actually driving the car.

There Was a Real Emergency 

 

In many cases, Georgia traffic court defendants are individuals who were pulled over while driving to attend a genuine emergency. Often during an emergency, you may be unaware that you are speeding or driving erratically, because your focus is on getting to the emergency as quickly as possible. If you are able to produce medical or other records of an emergency that match the date and time of your traffic stop, you may be given leeway. 

There Were No Signs On the Road 

 

Were you driving on a road that didn’t have adequate signage when you were pulled over? It’s possible that you weren’t aware of what the speed limit was because there were no posted signs and didn’t know that you were speeding. Or, perhaps there were no signs that prohibited lane changes and the officer charged you with reckless driving because you passed one or more vehicles. 

The Police Officer’s Equipment Wasn’t Calibrated  

 

Police officers need to keep their speedometers and other equipment properly calibrated according to manufacturer’s recommendations in order for the data from this equipment to be used against you in a court of law. If the officer has not adequately serviced their equipment, the data produced by it may not be admissible in court, potentially resulting in the dismissal of your case.

Get Help Fighting a Reckless Driving Charge Today 

 

If you’ve been stopped for reckless driving, you stand to potentially lose your driver’s license. This can be an undue hardship on you and your family, making it difficult to get to and from work and other important places. Call The Kimbrel Law Firm now for more information at (770) 349-9219. 

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