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.