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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: 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 Jun 1, 2024

The operator of a vehicle on the highways is responsible to be sure that the vehicle is in compliance with all the laws, headlights and taillights working, turn signals, and registered with a valid set of tags. For consolation, no body walks their car before getting in to check the tags, but there... 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: 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: 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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Q: After a citation for no registration is there a period of time you can operate the vehicle while working to resolve?
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answered on Nov 9, 2023

In Georgia, after receiving a citation for no registration, it's generally required to resolve the issue promptly. There isn't a grace period that allows you to legally operate the vehicle without registration after the citation.

You should cease driving the vehicle until the...
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Q: Cited for an improper lane change, can I get the ticket dismissed if the improper lane change didn't cause the wreck?

I was cited for an improper lane change causing an accident. The person who struck me said I turned into her, but really she rear ended me, trying to obtain video footage from that collision, but if I can prove that I had completed my turn and was established in my lane before I was struck, can I... View More

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answered on Oct 4, 2023

Your question actually has two different answers; for "improper lane change," causing a wreck is not actually one of the elements of the charge. People get issued improper lane change tickets without causing an accident all the time. The issue of whether or not your lane change caused... View More

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Q: I was pulled over for speeding and got charged with a DUI because of my Suboxone what would be the mandatory sentencing

also had a meth pipe on me but did not have any meth on me

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answered on Oct 1, 2023

DUI is a misdemeanor, so the maximum punishment is 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. However, it's rare that anyone is sentenced to the maximum. Most places sentence first-time DUI offenders to between 24 and 72 hours in custody, a fine that totals around $600 (which becomes about double... View More

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Q: DMV doesn’t allow me to renew my tag due to a block from the GA camera ticket department. Should I fight the ticket?

They said the ticket occurred at a school zone. I found out about it from the DMV office, and I was told by the ticket collection agency that I cannot appeal because it’s been more than 60 days since they sent the notice by mail. They claimed that I was going 40 mph in a 25 mph zone. My car... View More

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answered on Sep 29, 2023

These tickets are civil infractions, not criminal; they do not go on your driving record are not considered "convictions." You were apparently issued a citation, which was mailed and a court date scheduled; I understand that your position is that you did not receive the notice, but... View More

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Q: How can I get a traffic ticket for not having my headlights on at 3 pm on a sunny day and not raining in Georgia?

The ticket was issued by the Cornelia City police department.

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answered on Sep 13, 2023

Georgia law requires headlights under 3 circumstances:

1. From 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset;

2. Whenever it is raining, and

3. When conditions reduce visibility to less than 500 ft (due to fog, hail, sleet, smoke, etc.)

I don't think...
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Q: Do I need a lawyer and if so how much

40-2-7

16-13-30

40-5-121

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answered on Sep 4, 2023

For less serious offenses like failing to obey traffic control devices (40-2-7), you may not require legal representation if you believe you can contest the ticket.

However, for more serious charges like drug-related offenses (16-13-30) or driving with a suspended or revoked license...
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Q: Police video missing only sections that would dismiss my case is there any rights that would help on this

Yes I was pulled over with initial pullover only recording on body cam which would not show the reason are incidents of initial pullover then upon denial of search police officer only having body camera then removed body camera with intent to set up in the dash which did not record the search of... View More

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answered on Sep 11, 2023

In this situation where vital portions of the body camera footage are missing, it raises serious questions about the credibility of the police account and possibly even indicates tampering or misconduct. You have the right to a fair trial, which includes having access to all the evidence that... View More

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