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Most people are flustered and maybe even confused when they are pulled over for a traffic infraction by a police officer. They may be unsure of what to say and inadvertently give out incriminating information. 

Here are a few things you should avoid saying when stopped by law-enforcement, and how to get comprehensive legal advocacy when you want to keep your driving record clean or avoid getting additional points on your license.

“I Didn’t See ____” 

 

Often, a person’s first instinct after being pulled over for a traffic violation is to say that they didn’t see something, such as a traffic light, a stop sign, or another vehicle. However, you are responsible for maintaining awareness of these things on the road. Admitting that you failed to do so it’s unlikely to be beneficial for your case.

“I Was On My Phone” 

 

Texting and driving is illegal in every state in the US. Admitting that you were on your phone and that it caused you to commit a traffic infraction or get into a motor vehicle accidents essentially admits guilt. Not only can you receive a ticket for driving while distracted, if you caused an accident that harmed someone else, you could also be sued in civil court.

“My Car’s ____ Isn’t Working” 

 

The law considers you holy responsible for maintaining the safety of your vehicle. The last thing you want to do is admit to a police officer that pulled you over that you not only know that there’s something wrong with your car but also that you chose to drive it with the understanding that it could be dangerous to other motorists on the road.

You may be tempted to suggest that your vehicle speedometer wasn’t working or that you knew your tail light was out but just haven’t gotten a chance to get it fixed yet. Your best course of action here is to decline any knowledge of any safety issues with your vehicle and avoid answering any questions without the presence of an attorney.

How to Avoid Getting Points on Your Georgia Driver’s License 


While you may assume that your best option is to just pay the fine associated with your traffic ticket, this amounts to pleading guilty and adds points to your Georgia driver’s license. 

After accumulating so many points within a particular time, your driver’s license may be suspended. Contact the Kimbrel Law Firm today by calling (770) 349-9219.

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Were you issued a traffic ticket in Georgia? You may be able to get it dismissed with the help of an experienced Atlanta traffic ticket lawyer. Here’s what you should know. 

1. There Was Missing or Incorrect Information on Your Traffic Ticket 

The police officer who stopped your vehicle has a responsibility to fill out the ticket and/or summons with accuracy. Missing, incomplete, or incorrect information on your ticket, such as the wrong name or address, may be enough to ask the court that the ticket be dismissed. 

2. The Equipment The Officer Used to Judge Your Speed or BAC was Faulty 

 

If an officer pulled you over for speeding or tested your blood alcohol concentration (BAC), they will have to use special equipment to do this. The equipment must be regularly calibrated and maintained in order to maintain efficiency; if an officer fails to do so, you may be able to argue that the equipment could not have possibly produced an accurate reading. 

3. The Police Officer Who Pulled You Over Fails to Appear In Court 

 

In some cases, police officers who pull Atlanta residents over do not appear in court at your traffic hearing. At this time, the officer is expected to give an account of what happened to cause them to pull you over, which should match the initial police report. If the officer fails to appear or gives a testimony that doesn’t match their report from the scene, you may be able to have your ticket dismissed. 

What Are Some Defenses That Aren’t Effective? 

Some traffic ticket defenses just aren’t effective, like suggesting that you were speeding because you were following the flow of traffic and others were speeding too. 

Other potentially ineffective defenses include questioning the integrity or honesty of the officer who pulled you over, attempting to use a sad story or an excuse to explain your behavior, or claiming ignorance of the traffic laws in the area you were driving. 

When to Get Help From an Atlanta Traffic Ticket Attorney 

A traffic ticket seems simple enough to resolve, but it can wreak havoc on your driving record. In some cases, it may result in the suspension or loss of your driver’s license. Contact an experienced Georgia traffic ticket attorney to get help defending your record by calling The Kimbrel Law Firm at (770) 349-9219. We are standing by to help assist you.

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Moving violations are one of the most common reasons Atlanta police officers issue traffic tickets. It’s important to understand how moving violations are determined and how they differ from simple traffic infractions. Here’s what you should know. 

The Difference Between Traffic Infractions and Moving Violations 

A simple traffic infraction is the least serious violation and the consequences are usually a fixed fine. Parking tickets, failure to produce proof of insurance, a broken headlight, and expired motor vehicle registration are good examples. Typically, these infractions do not result in points added to your Georgia driver’s license. 

Moving violations are also considered traffic infractions, but they’re categorized and penalized differently. These are more serious types of infractions that are committed while the vehicle is in motion. 

Moving violations are divided into two categories depending on a variety of factors, particularly the violation’s risk of harm to other people. They do add points to your driver’s license, and how many is determined by the seriousness of the offense. 

Minor Moving Violations 

Minor moving violations include but aren’t limited to:

 

  • Lower speeding offenses 
  • Failure to yield 
  • Failure to stop or running a stop sign 
  • Tailgating 
  • Failure to yield or stop for a school bus 

Major Moving Violations 

Major moving violations include: 

 

  • Reckless driving 
  • Driving with an open container of alcohol 
  • Driving while intoxicated 
  • Running a red light 
  • Serious speeding offenses 
  • Failure to wear a seatbelt 
  • Failure to properly use child safety restraints 

How Traffic Infractions and Moving Violations Affect Your Insurance 

Insurance companies and the State of Georgia do not necessarily rank traffic infractions, minor moving violations, and major moving violations the same way. 

For example, while you may be penalized with a fine after receiving a traffic ticket for not having a copy of your vehicle registration at the time you were stopped, your insurance company may not consider the offense serious enough to raise your insurance rates. 

On the other hand, you may receive minor state penalties for a moving violation like failing to yield to a school bus while your insurance company may take this violation more seriously and hike your rates or drop you from your policy entirely. 

Should You Fight Your Traffic Ticket With the Help of an Atlanta Attorney? 

If you’ve been issued a ticket for a traffic infraction or moving violation, you can protect your driver’s license and your record with the help of an Atlanta traffic attorney. Contact the Kimbrel Law Firm today at (770) 349-9219.

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