Q: Cited for 21-707 -Failure to Stop at Stop Sign Line, but Location of Offense listed is where officer pulled me over?
I received a citation for 21-707(a) "Failure to Stop at Stop Sign Line", but the "Location of Offense" lists an intersection near where the Officer pulled me over. He had said he pulled me over for not coming to a full stop at a stop sign in a nearby parking lot, and there is no stop sign on the road I was driving on at the intersection listed. Does it matter that the location listed is inaccurate?
A: The citation should accurately list the location at which the violation occurred, and if evidence is presented that the location of the offense has no stop sign, it is conceivable, if you have a trial, that you could be acquitted due to a variance in the charging document and the evidence presented. The question is whether you want to hire an attorney to provide you with the best opportunity to contest the citation or "go it alone." Be forewarned that in Traffic Court, a judge could allow the Officer to amend the citation by identifying the correct location, if the Officer attempts to do so. A well qualified attorney would likely prevent that from happening.
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