Atlanta, GA asked in Criminal Law for Georgia

Q: how many working lights do you need to on your vehicle?

I had 3 working light, 3 out of 4. I was pulled over for this. is it possible that this was not probable cause to be pulled over

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Morris  Margulis
Morris Margulis
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Duluth, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: Assuming you were not driving a motorcycle, you need at least two working headlights (OCGA 40-8-22) and two working taillights (OCGA 40-8-23).

By driving your vehicle on the roads in violation of these statutes, you are subject to prosecution as a misdemeanor criminal defendant (OCGA 40-8-7).

Anyone who drives their vehicle, particularly at night, without all four corners lit up is pretty much asking to be pulled over.

Whether this type of charge can ultimately be proven beyond a reasonable doubt (that you knew the lights were out, for example) is another matter.

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