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Q: Do you have to know that the decal is no longer affixed on the tag to be guilty of this violation?
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answered on May 20, 2024

No, there is no requirement of knowledge as an element of the offense under the law. Most traffic offenses (including this one) merely require that the offense be committed (e.g., it is not necessary that they prove you knew that you were speeding, only that you were speeding.)... View More

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Q: If your vehicle is register in a different state that allows tinted plate covers can you be ticketed in the state of GA?

In Georgia Code § 40-2-41 (2022) - Display of License Plates - Justia Law it sounds like they’re referring to residents with GA registered tags, if I’m not a resident and my vehicle is registered in another state can I be ticketed for having a tinted plate cover?

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answered on May 19, 2024

Yes, tinted plate covers are illegal in Georgia, regardless of their status in other states. The law applies to vehicles of both residents and non-residents.

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Q: Do you go to jail for driving without insurance in georgia
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answered on May 19, 2024

Typically, no, but most tickets in Georgia are misdemeanors, punishable by up to $1,000 fine and 12 months in jail.

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Q: What to expect if facing second misdemeanor hit and run

Was hit by a taxi van driver when trying to make a left turn and getting into the closest left lane of a two turn road. I was on the way to a calendar call and could not stay behind because at the time I thought I would get benched by the judge. I kept trying to exchange info and tell him I... View More

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Q: I receive a citation 4.5 years ago. The court keeps pushing the date. Is there a statue of limitations?

I received a citation 4.5 years ago. I hired a lawyer from off the record and she has been handling the court case for me. I have a totally clean record, and the court keeps pushing the date. Is there not a statute of limitations with vehicle citations?I received a ticket when someone merged into... View More

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Q: How long are you allowed to use hand turn signals in Georgia?
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answered on Apr 16, 2024

OCGA 40-6-124(a) says you can use hand and arm signals or signal lights. However, if you are on a highway, larger vehicles as described must use lights. Specifically, OCGA 40-6-124(b) requires them

"when the distance from the center of the top of the steering post to the left...
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Q: A school zone has a posted 35 mph speed sign "when flashing". When not flashing, the posted speed limit is 45 mph.

Around 1pm, I was traveling at 46 mph through the school zone on 130 Killian Hill Rd NB, Lilburn Ga. School was in session that day. However, the 35 mph speed sign was not flashing. Should I have been ticketed by the red camera for going over 11+ mph of the posted speed limit?

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answered on Apr 8, 2024

School zones are usually designated with signs in addition to a flashing light. As long as the school zone is properly marked and designated, and it's within the posted times for the zone to be active, I don't think it matters whether the light is flashing or not.

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Q: I have an uber blue sign on my dashboard and last night got a ticket, 40-8-90 can I fight this ticket?

I have also a picture with my uber blue sign if needed

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answered on Mar 16, 2024

Georgia law says you can't have blue lights on your vehicle unless you have authorization from the state. There is no "Uber driver" exception. You can go to court and talk to the prosecutor about it, and perhaps they would reduce or dismiss the ticket, but technically it's... View More

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Q: Can I fight ticket for No valid Tag Registration by using Right to Travel for personal use NOT Commercial use?

Received a ticket and want to use my Right to travel without paying a fine.

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answered on Mar 7, 2024

No. Those sovereign-citizen videos are worthless. You have a constitutional right to travel-you do NOT have a right to travel in a motorized vehicle on the public roadways without having a valid license, registration and proof of insurance. Most courts these days are wise to the sov-cit script,... View More

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Q: How do I fine out who and what car they were driving when they got a speeding with my license they was goin 90 in a 40..

And why didn't the person that stold my license go to jail that night goin 90 in a 40..how can I get this fixed

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answered on Feb 27, 2024

You can go the the court and request a copy of the citation from the clerk's office. That will have the made, model and license plate of the car that was stopped. Going 90 in 40 could end up getting someone arrested-but it's not required, and that decision would likely be up the officer... View More

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Q: If unsanctioned signs on the dot right of way are blocking my view of traffic, who is liable?
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answered on Mar 1, 2024

A Georgia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. It could depend on the nature of the signs and extent of obstruction of visibility they created, and who exercised control over the site. Additional details would be useful to enable a more detailed analysis. Good luck

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Q: I got pulled over for going 95 in a 70 mph zone in Georgia. Since I’m under 21, does this constitute license suspension?
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answered on Feb 19, 2024

Exceeding the speed limit by 25 miles an hour carries 4 points, and unfortunately, any conviction for an offense that carries 4 points or more is an automatic suspension license for an under-21 driver.

You should consider contacting and retaining an experienced attorney, who may be able...
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Q: Hello i am aplying to law school and just found out for a traffic offense i have a failure to appear. How do i address?

I am a current law school application that just found out I have an open case for 2020 traffic offense. And I’m now trying to address in my social conduct statement for schools regarding my character and fitness

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answered on Feb 3, 2024

Contact the clerk of court for where the failure to appear is and ask how you can resolve the failure to appear. And then get it done ASAP! Sometimes you can just pay it off, although you may have to make an appearance to get it set aside-depending on the judge and/or the court's local rules.... View More

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Q: What misdemeanors/ citations get sent in the mail?

I had gotten a citation for going over the speed limit on a school zone in the mail. I just wanted to know what other misdemeanors/ citations get sent out in the mail.

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answered on Dec 24, 2023

Typically, these tickets (with photos taken with a speed-detection camera) are not actually misdemeanors; in fact, they are not criminal, and do not go on your driving record. The ticket should indicate whether it is criminal or not in the language. However, even if it is not criminal, but a... View More

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Q: If I got a citation and didn't sign it what happens?

local PD signed ticket ,but I didn't.

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answered on Dec 21, 2023

If you received a traffic citation in Georgia and did not sign it, but the local police department signed the ticket, it is generally not a critical issue. In many cases, your signature is not a mandatory requirement for the citation to be valid. The officer's signature is usually sufficient... View More

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Q: got citation for no working brake or tail lights 1 was out but mY other 2 and a half brake lights and blinkers was wrk

The searched my car and found schedule 2 pills I told them no they couldn't search n they got the dog the pills was dropped by a friend I picked them up n put n a bottle intending on throwing them away weeks ago and forgot can I get it dismissed based on the original reason they stopped me he... View More

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answered on Dec 5, 2023

In Georgia, if you received a citation for non-working brake or tail lights but believe this was incorrect because your lights were functioning, this could potentially be a basis to challenge the traffic stop. However, the subsequent discovery of schedule 2 pills during the search adds complexity... View More

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Q: Can an officer demand you to sign your signature on a citation during a traffic stop in the state of Georgia?

The officer threatened me with jail to sign my name as it appears on my state driver's license during a traffic citation and not to write no contract on the citation.

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answered on Dec 1, 2023

Most traffic violations in Georgia are misdemeanors (that is, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 12 months in custody).

OCGA § 40-13-2.1 is the relevant statute:

"(a) A person who is issued a citation as provided in this chapter or Code Section 17-6-11, relating...
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Q: how long does authorities have before their required to charge one with drug possession from a traffic stop.
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answered on Nov 14, 2023

The amount of time that law enforcement agencies have to charge someone with drug possession from a traffic stop varies depending on the jurisdiction. In some jurisdictions, the statute of limitations for drug possession cases is one year, while in other jurisdictions, it may be two years or even... View More

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