Atlanta, Georgia
Traffic Ticket Lawyer

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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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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 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.


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.


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.


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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In Atlanta, many intersections have cameras programmed to take photographs when the light turns red. This allows the cameras to catch drivers running red lights without the need for law enforcement presence. The camera photographs the individual’s license plate and generates a ticket. Then, a ticket is mailed to the driver. If you received an automatic red light ticket, here’s how to fight it with the help of a seasoned lawyer.

Challenge Photo Clarity

Automatic traffic cameras don’t necessarily capture the best photographs. Often, they are dark and grainy, making it difficult to see the license plate number, or even the make and model of the car. This is especially true because the central point of the photograph — the vehicle — is in motion.

The first thing to establish is that you are the driver of the vehicle in the photograph. If it is difficult to recognize you beyond a shadow of a doubt and they can’t prove it’s you, it’s likely that a judge will have to dismiss the ticket.

Challenge the Authentication of the Photo

Another defense would be to challenge the validity of the photo. Sometimes during traffic hearings, a representative from the camera manufacturer is available to report that the camera was working properly at the time the photo was captured. However, if no representative from the camera company is available to authenticate the photo, you could have the photo struck from your file. In these cases, the photo is generally the only evidence available. Therefore, it may be possible for your case to be dismissed.

Challenge Your Actions

In some cases, you may erroneously receive an automatic red light ticket. For example, if you made a legal right turn at a red light, you may challenge that you didn’t break any laws and therefore should not have received the ticket.

Don’t let an automatic red light ticket add points to your license and increase your risk of a license suspension. Contact an Atlanta traffic ticket lawyer today for help. Call the Kimbrel Law Firm now at 770-349-9219.

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Five Things That May Help You Get A Warning Rather Than A Traffic Ticket


If you’re stopped for speeding, you may be given a warning instead of a ticket. Can you increase the chances of that happening? Here’s what might help. 

1. Be Polite 


No one likes to be pulled over, but a bad attitude isn’t going to put the officer on your good side. Be polite to the officer and use a low, calm tone of voice. 

2. Do Not Admit to Speeding 


Usually, the officer who pulled you over will ask if you know why they did. Do not admit to speeding or any other driving violation. You may be tempted to say, “I was just going a little bit faster than the speed limit,” but this essentially hands the officer your case on a silver platter. Instead, tell the officer you don’t know. 


You truly don’t — even if you were speeding, the officer may have pulled you over for a broken taillight or for another reason. Let the officer tell you why they stopped your vehicle. 

3. Have Your Driver’s License and Insurance Card Ready 


Police officers stop cars for traffic violations all day, and few enjoy standing on the side of a busy road while you hunt for your ID and proof of insurance. Secure these items in a safe and easily accessible place in your vehicle in case you do get stopped. Let the police officer know where the items are located and ask for permission to retrieve them from that location when the officer asks you to produce them. 

4. Ask 


There’s no harm in simply asking the officer to give you a break, especially if you’re not a habitual offender. The worst that the officer will do is say no and write you a ticket anyway, which was likely to happen anyway. If you’re truly running late or dealing with an emergency, let the officer know, but don’t expect them to have an emotional response. Remain calm, even if the officer does not seem to mind that you’re having a difficult time. 

Got a Speeding Ticket? You Need an Atlanta Traffic Ticket Lawyer 


If you were stopped for speeding and given a ticket in spite of your best efforts to be let off with a warning, you should consult with an attorney as soon as possible. If you simply pay the ticket, this is considered entering a “guilty” plea, which will assess points to your license. If you accumulate too many points within a certain period of time, you’re at risk of losing your driving privileges.  


Contact me today for a consultation to learn more about fighting a speeding ticket by calling (770) 349-9219.

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Aggressive driving and reckless driving seem like similar charges. What is the difference between them and when should you get a traffic lawyer involved?

What Is Considered Aggressive Driving In Atlanta? 

Under Georgia law, aggressive driving is:


Driving with the intent to annoy, harass, molest, intimidate, injure, or obstruct another person, including without limitation violating Code Section 40-6-42 [overtaking and passing], 40-6-48 [improper lane change or usage], 40-6-49 [following too closely], 40-6-123 [failing to signal], 40-6-184 [driving too slowly], 40-6-312 [lane usage by motorcycles], or 40-6-390 [reckless driving] with such intent. O.C.G.A. §40-6-397.


Examples of aggressive driving include but are not limited to: 


  • Cutting off another driver in traffic 
  • Following behind another vehicle too closely (tailgating) 
  • Weaving in and out of traffic 
  • Offensive hand signals 
  • Flashing headlights repeatedly at other drivers 

What Is Reckless Driving? 

The law also defines reckless driving as: 


Any person who drives any vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property commits the offense of reckless driving. O.C.G.A. §40-6-390.


Reckless driving behaviors are often similar to aggressive driving behaviors, but not always. Common instances of reckless driving include: 


  • Tailgating another driver 
  • Cutting off a driver behind you 
  • Speeding 
  • Failure to signal prior to changing lanes 
  • Forceful merging 

The Key Difference Between the Two 


While the two charges may appear similar at first glance, the primary differentiator between them is the intent of the driver. An aggressive driver has the intent to harass or intimidate another driver, while a reckless driver is negligent or disregards the safety of others. Both charges are serious and can result in the suspension of your license 

When to Contact a Georgia Traffic Ticket Lawyer 


Both reckless and aggressive driving are ticketable offenses and misdemeanors, meaning that they will be on both your driving record (in the form of points against your license) and your criminal record. In most cases, aggressive and reckless driving cannot be expunged, which can impede your ability to obtain gainful employment, rent an apartment and buy a home or vehicle. 

Get Help With Your Atlanta Traffic Ticket Today

If you’ve accumulated between 9 to 11 points against your license within 24 months of your reckless or aggressive driving charge, you’re at risk of having your license suspended. It’s important to fight the charge against you and protect your driving record with the help of an experienced Georgia traffic ticket attorney. Contact the Kimbrel Law Firm today for more information at (770) 349-9219