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The Kimbrel Law Firm specializes in fighting traffic tickets and related violations. We have a 99% success rate. Our attorneys attend traffic court regularly throughout metro Atlanta.

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ABOUT THE KIMBREL
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CLAYTON KIMBREL

CLAYTON KIMBREL, ESQ

Clayton Kimbrel is a graduate of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and is licensed to try cases in the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court.

Clayton also participated in an externship in the Clerks’s office at the Superior Court of Guam. While under Judge Arthur Barcinas, Clayton penned an order regarding voluntary dismissal and the filing of amended complaints, which became law in Guam. Clayton moved into the world of private practice after performing real estate closings on refinances for a local real estate firm.

Clayton is a tireless advocate for his clients. He gives each client his undivided attention and prepares thoroughly for each case. In addition to traffic ticket defense cases, Clayton also handles personal injury matters.

LAURA JAMES

LAURA JAMES, CPCU, ESQ

Laura James received her Bachelor’s Degree in in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996. Laura is a graduate of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, where she graduated in the top 10% of her law school class. Laura received the Atlanta Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Student Scholar Award as well as the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in both Employment Law and Consumer Law.

Laura was admitted to the Georgia State Bar and sworn in to the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Georgia in 2012. Laura is an experienced negotiator and uses her experience to obtain fair settlements on behalf of her clients. Laura represents people charged with traffic violations in courtrooms throughout the metro Atlanta area.

Prior to attending law school, Laura worked in the property and casualty insurance industry for 10 years. During this time, Laura earned the prestigious CPCU designation.

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GA lawyer for help with speeding tickets Have you recently received a traffic ticket?

You need legal help sooner rather than later. Don’t blow off your ticket. Don’t pay your ticket without getting advice first. The consequences may haunt you for years.

When you’re pulled over by the police or when you have received a traffic ticket, it’s tempting to simply pay off the ticket and move on with your life.

This can be a big mistake. Retaining an Atlanta traffic ticket lawyer is strongly recommended.

If you’ve recently received a traffic ticket in Fulton County or Atlanta or elsewhere in Georgia, get help immediately.

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Know Where Your Driving Record Stands Before You Take Action

Your initial reaction may be to pay the ticket, admit your guilt, and move on. Do you know the current status of your driving record, though? You may have already accumulated enough points on your driving record. If you’re close to fifteen points, pleading “nolo” on a new charge that pushes you over the limit could lead to a suspended license shortly after your court date.

In addition, your insurance company is not so much concerned with the points on your record as the actual driving offenses. Your insurance company will also treat your “nolo” pleas the same as a guilty plea, meaning they may hike your rates for even just a few points on your driving record.

This is why you need to know what’s currently on your record. Knowing where you stand can help you make an informed decision if you’re facing new traffic violations.

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Running Through a Red Light

Lawyer for help with traffic violations in Georgia. If you try to speed through a yellow light, you could be facing a traffic ticket for running a red light.

It can be difficult to dispute any situation in Fulton County or Atlanta in which you are accused of running a red light with a red light camera.

If I Still Have to Pay My Fine, Why Do I Need to Hire an Attorney?

Traffic Ticket Lawyer. There are many legal issues associated with a traffic ticket. Your attorney may help you identify these. The citation might have a mistake on it and simply paying it could cost you in the long run.

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You do not have to meet with us at our office. We handle most clients’ ticket issues over the phone. And in many cases, you do not have to appear in court.

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If you were ticketed for a traffic violation in Georgia, it may be in your best interest to fight the ticket in court rather than simply pay the fine and plead guilty. An important part of traffic court is the examination of witnesses.  

What Is Cross-Examination? 

Cross-examination is a line of questioning aimed at the prosecution’s witnesses. In the case of a traffic stop, this would typically be the police officer who stopped your vehicle and issued you a ticket. The goal of cross-examination is to raise doubt about the officer’s evidence against you and to make the judge presiding over your case question if there is enough evidence to prove you’ve broken the law. 

Why Does a Police Officer Need to Be Cross Examined? 

Cross-examining the police officer who stopped your vehicle and gave you a traffic ticket is an important part of fighting your ticket in court. Not only is your account of events that occurred when you were pulled over critical to examine, but so is the officer’s. 

Their account of events may be unreasonable or they may not be able to answer questions with confidence. This helps strengthen your case and increases the likelihood that your ticket will be dismissed. 

What Questions Should Be Asked? 

Here are some example questions that can be asked of a police officer during cross-examination in traffic court: 

  • Did the officer have a good enough vantage point to witness the traffic violation in question? 
  • If ticketed for speeding, has the officer followed proper protocol in having their equipment calibrated and verified for accuracy? 
  • Did the officer have probable cause at all to stop your vehicle? 
  • Was the officer busy doing something else when you allegedly committed the traffic violation? 
  • Where was the officer positioned when they witnessed your alleged traffic violation? 

Typically, you can ask any questions during cross-examination so long as they are relevant to your case and the traffic offense in question. 

Get Help After a Ticket from an Experienced Atlanta Traffic Lawyer 

At The Kimbrel Law Firm, we have extensive experience representing people who have been ticketed in Atlanta and surrounding areas in Georgia. We can help you fight your traffic ticket by developing a solid cross-examination strategy and representing you aggressively in court. Contact us today for a consultation to discuss your case in detail at (770) 349-9219. We’re available now to assist you. 

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Driving Is A Privilege Not A Right

In Georgia, like much of the United States, driving is a privilege and not a right. The Georgia DMV assigns “points” to a variety of traffic offenses, and after so many points within a certain time period, your license may be suspended or even revoked. Here’s what you need to know.

Points for Traffic Offenses

Each traffic offense has a point value assigned to it. The following is not a comprehensive list of traffic offenses and their point values, but will give you an idea of how much each traffic violation is “worth.”

  • Speeding
    • 15-18 mph over the speed limit — 2 points
    • 19-23 mph over the speed limit — 3 points
    • 24-33 mph over the speed limit — 4 points
    • 34+ mph over the speed limit — 6 points
  • Texting and driving — 1 point
  • Reckless driving — 4 points
  • Possession of an open container of alcohol in the vehicle while driving — 2 points
  • Passing a school bus — 6 points
  • Improper child restraints in the vehicle — 3 points
  • Improper passing on a curve or hill — 4 points

How Many Points Until My License Is Suspended?

Surprisingly, the amount of points you are allowed to have on your license before it becomes suspended is quite low. The threshold is 15 points or more within a 24 month period. So, this means that if you receive tickets for violations worth 15 points or more in just two years, your license will be in jeopardy.

Citations Can Be Condensed Into One

For many people, this is easily done. For example, several citations could be given at one single time. A person in a hurry for whatever reason could be cited with driving 34 mph over the speed limit, reckless driving, and improper passing on a hill or a curve, landing them with 12 points in one fell swoop — just 3 points shy of license suspension.

A Suspended License Will Impact Every Area Of Your Life

A suspended license could impact many things, including your ability to get to and from your job, your insurance rates, and more. Many people assume they should just pay the fine for the ticket and move on, but in most cases, this is not in your best interest.

When to Contact an Atlanta Traffic Ticket Lawyer

Paying a ticket is the same as pleading guilty, and the points will automatically be assigned to your license. In order to prevent your license from accumulating too many points — especially if you’ve gotten tickets previously and are very close to the 15 point threshold –, it’s critical to fight the ticket with the help of an attorney.

Contact our office today to learn more about how to protect your driving privileges after receiving a traffic ticket.

Atlanta Reckless Driving Lawyer, Clayton Kimbrel

Often, a police officer will give a ticket for reckless driving along with tickets for other traffic offenses. Other offenses include speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol. A reckless driving conviction apart from any other charges means you will incur stiff penalties. Here’s a guide on the basics of reckless driving and how to fight these charges to keep your record and reputation clear.

What Constitutes Reckless Driving?

The charge of reckless driving is open to interpretation. If a law enforcement officer decides you were driving your vehicle in a reckless or negligent manner with wanton disregard for the safety of others, he may charge you with reckless driving. What exactly that means differs from case to case. However, a few behaviors are considered reckless in any circumstance, including but not limited to:

  • Speeding. Going 25 miles or more over the speed limit posted in a particular area. This may lead to a reckless driving charge.
  • Eluding a police car. If a police officer attempts to pull you over and you do not stop, you could incur a few different types of charges, one potentially being reckless driving. This is particularly true in cases where police have to engage in a chase.
  • Racing other cars. Organized “racing” — which usually occurs at night on empty roads — is reckless driving. However, this rule also applies to cases where someone races another after a red light in normal traffic.
  • Passing on a two-lane highway with low visibility. Reckless driving is charged if you pass a vehicle on a two-lane highway with little to no visibility of oncoming traffic. Unless an officer witnesses the behavior, reckless driving charges are usually brought when passing the vehicle causes an accident.

When to Contact a Traffic Ticket Lawyer

If you are ticketed for reckless driving, chances are you also have a ticket for another traffic offense. If you simply pay the fines associated with the tickets, you are essentially pleading guilty. As a result, your driving record, among other things, is negatively affected.

Contact the Kimbrel Law Firm today at 770-349-9219 for a consultation to discuss how best to protect your rights.