Many people mistakenly assume that reckless driving is a slam-dunk case. This isn’t necessarily true and simply paying your ticket up front may not be the best strategy. Many Atlanta drivers are successful at having reckless driving charges reduced or even dismissed, depending on the facts surrounding their case and available evidence. Here’s how you can get help fighting a ticket for reckless driving.
You Weren’t the Person Driving
Surprisingly, this is a common defense against reckless driving charges. The burden of proof is on the prosecution when you’re ticketed or charged with a crime and depending on the circumstances of your alleged violation, they may not be able to produce adequate proof that you were actually driving the car.
There Was a Real Emergency
In many cases, Georgia traffic court defendants are individuals who were pulled over while driving to attend a genuine emergency. Often during an emergency, you may be unaware that you are speeding or driving erratically, because your focus is on getting to the emergency as quickly as possible. If you are able to produce medical or other records of an emergency that match the date and time of your traffic stop, you may be given leeway.
There Were No Signs On the Road
Were you driving on a road that didn’t have adequate signage when you were pulled over? It’s possible that you weren’t aware of what the speed limit was because there were no posted signs and didn’t know that you were speeding. Or, perhaps there were no signs that prohibited lane changes and the officer charged you with reckless driving because you passed one or more vehicles.
The Police Officer’s Equipment Wasn’t Calibrated
Police officers need to keep their speedometers and other equipment properly calibrated according to manufacturer’s recommendations in order for the data from this equipment to be used against you in a court of law. If the officer has not adequately serviced their equipment, the data produced by it may not be admissible in court, potentially resulting in the dismissal of your case.
Get Help Fighting a Reckless Driving Charge Today
If you’ve been stopped for reckless driving, you stand to potentially lose your driver’s license. This can be an undue hardship on you and your family, making it difficult to get to and from work and other important places. Call The Kimbrel Law Firm now for more information at (770) 349-9219.