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If you were stopped for a traffic violation and ticketed, you may think nothing of paying the fine and moving forward with life. However, this may not be in your best interests and you may be better off contesting the ticket in court. Here’s are the 4 steps to contesting a traffic ticket and how to get the legal help you need. 

Understand Your Local Traffic Laws 

 

Many people don’t have a good understanding of their state, city, and county traffic laws. This can lead to confusion over what the officer actually stopped you for and whether or not you actually violated Georgia traffic law. 

Take some time to get familiar with traffic laws in your area, especially those pertaining to the alleged violation you were ticketed for. An experienced traffic lawyer can help you better understand traffic laws or direct you to reputable resources where you can find the information.

Ask for Copies All Documents Related to Your Traffic Stop 

You’ll want to obtain copies of all documents related to your traffic ticket. In some cases, this may simply be the police report that the officer wrote up after stopping you. In other cases where a traffic ticket is related to an accident, there may be more documents such as witness reports, medical records, depositions, and more. 

Don’t rely on other entities to keep accurate records of what transpired when you were ticketed. Get copies of the police report and other documents as soon as they become available and keep them in a safe place that only you know about. 

Make Sure Your Defense Is Viable 

It’s important that your ensure your defense is sound before attempting to challenge a ticket in traffic court. This is where the support of an attorney helps tremendously. 

Your lawyer can evaluate all possible defenses and angles, determine which defense tactic the evidence at hand supports, and recommend a strategy that has the best chances of success. Your attorney can also let you know if there’s just not enough evidence to form a defense and can recommend an alternative to contest the ticket that works more in your favor. 

Contact an Experienced Traffic Ticket Attorney to Represent You 

Don’t wait to consult a traffic lawyer after being issued a ticket, especially if you stand to lose your license. At The Kimbrel Law Firm, we can help you develop a defense and will represent you in traffic court to petition for the dismissal of the violation. Call now for your consultation at (770) 349-9219.

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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.

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