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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.

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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