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James L. Paisley

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  • "Too Fast For Conditions" citation in a Construction Zone. Do I go to court or just pay? I'm not sure how to approach this.

    Last night I was driving on a highway that's under construction. The Speed Limit would fluctuate between 45 and 55, usually with a "Reduced Speed Ahead" warning. I generally drive about 8mph over the speed limit when on a highway and I have NEVER ...

    James’s Answer

    I would say it depends on what statute he wrote the ticket under. If the officer wrote it under 40-6-180 then James Yeargin is correct and according to DDS is a non-reporting zero point offense. If it was written under 40-6-181, then It would be reported but should not carry points because points are assessed only for speeds 15mph + over the limit in GA. Never hurts to have a lawyer take a look at it. I actually saw a guy's record once say "Too Fast For Conditions" for a ticket in GA because it was written under 181. Sounds to me like the cops like to write a lot of tickets, but they don't like going to trial so they give people a break with the offense level. Good luck!

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  • Failure to Appear issues for unpaid speeding ticket(GHP)

    pulled over on suspended liscense and arrested, bonded to state court

    James’s Answer

    I would recommend calling the GA DDS and figuring out all the tickets that are suspending your DL. Then I would contact a local lawyer and so you can be properly advised of the consequences of paying a ticket or seeing if the tickets can be put back on the docket for a favorable resolution. After the outstanding tickets are resolved, you should be eligible for reinstatement of your DL. Lastly, when your DL is reinstated, contact that same lawyer that helped you before and have him/her go to court with you on the new suspension arrest and hopefully he/she can get the suspension charge reduced or dismissed so there is no additional suspension or jail time.

    Jim Paisley
    www.atlanta-ticket-lawyer.com

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  • Can I get reduced traffic tickets? I received 5 citations for crossing center line on two lane road.

    Traffic was stalled and backed up. In order to make a left turn a iner-section, I crossed the double yellow lines of a two lane road to by-pass stalled traffic. recieved 5 tickets totalling $695

    James’s Answer

    I would assume that this cop just loaded you up with several overlapping charges. More than likely many of these tickets can be merged into the others and hopefully with good representation all but one or two would go away. I agree with all the responses above. You NEED a lawyer.

    Jim Paisley
    www.atlanta-ticket-lawyer.com

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  • Should I get an attorney for a 40-6-20 in downtown Atlanta?

    I turned right at a light that apparently has a "no turns" sign. The intersection is a little complicated and I wasn't aware that it meant no right turns at the intersection. The second I turn right, a motorbike cop pops up and gives me a ticket.

    James’s Answer

    That really stinks! I completely agree with the above response. I would only add the following:

    I'm guessing you are set for Atlanta Municipal Court for your designated court appearance. More than likely if you are represented, your lawyer could help you get that ticket dismissed or reduced so it would not appear on your record. Good luck!!!

    Jim Paisley
    www.atlanta-ticket-lawyer.com

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  • I have to appear in court for a "driving with a suspended license" charge. The short version is

    I got a traffic ticket for making a turn on a street in downtown atl that has no turns (did not know). Got back to off iand put ticket in my desk and forgot about it. Missed the court date for the tickect and the summons was sent to my old address...

    James’s Answer

    This is very common, and the ultimate result depends largely on what jurisdiction your DWLS charge is in. For example in Dekalb County, they might offer a reduction but try to gouge you for a huge fine. In Fulton Magistrate they have been know to dismiss just for showing reinstatement. In other places they might not offer anything and this is why I agree with the other lawyers on here in that you need a lawyer and you CANNOT plea guilty to the DWLS. A guilty plea results in an additional 6 month suspension of your DL.

    Good Luck!

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  • I received a speeding ticket in roswell georgia. 60 in a 35. must appear in court. help

    online when i try to pay the ticket is says it is $5,000 and that i must appear in court. Will the fine actually be $5,000 or is that something is says when the fine is not determined yet?

    James’s Answer

    I also agree with them. If you go on your own, the prosecutor you will likely speak with is Krista. She is very professional and will treat you with respect but she can be tough. She will likely look at your driving history to make a decision on reduction. I am of the opinion that she can tougher on those that are unrepresented and can give them a hard time about reductions. If you don't hire an attorney before your court date, I would consider taking the GA basic DDS Defensive driving school so you look better and that should sweeten your chances of getting this reduced to 14 over. 14 over carries no points, nothing on your record and basically disappears. Good luck!

    Jim
    www.atlanta-ticket-lawyer.com

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  • Traffic ticket court incorrect statements made on citation by officer? can it be dismissed?

    I recently received a traffic ticket in Atlanta ga fulton co for speeding the officer stated on the ticket the calibration/check was 11:00 at 68 mph in a 55 zone at the bottom of the ticket in the remarks section he stated 72 in a 55 north 1373ft....

    James’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Hernan's response. The only thing I would add is that with a 13 over the only way it would be reported is if you hold a commercial driver's license. If you do not then when / if you pay this ticket, it will disappear and your insurance company will never know about it. Sorry about the ticket, and good luck.

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  • Is it worth going to a jury trial with a Judge who rejected a plea offered by the solicitor.

    I was pulled over in GA in Feb 2011 and was charged with speeding failure to maintain and DUI. At curbside I was given one sobriorty test which was the HGN. The obtained 2 out of six clues but said my eyes jerked so they terminated the test. At th...

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    Gentlemen,

    These are excellent responses, and I applaud your professionalism. This is my client, and I asked him to get the opinion of fellow DUI lawyers because my recommendation was go to trial. I know some of you but others I only know from this sight. This particular Judge slept on it and for whatever reason and has agreed to accept the reduction. If you know who this judge is then please do not hold this case against him, as its refreshing to see a judge reconsider rulings. Thank you!

    Jim

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  • Can I get help on a Turner County GA speeding ticket if I know I was going 89/70 and they cited me for it?

    I’m concerned about points and insurance issues as well as the fine amount - they told me it’s over $422! It has been a really bad 3 months for me.

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    I think Turner is going bananas lately with tickets. This is the second Turner post I have seen today, so I will post the same answer. Sorry about your tough 3 months - hang in there!

    A lawyer that knows Turner County State Court or the City of Ashburn well will know how to fight this ticket for you. Unless you are under 21, a lawyer familiar with Turner County should be able to get the speed reduced to 84, and sometimes they can get the fine reduced as well. All this can be done without you having to appear in court.

    Getting the speed reduced to 84 is important for 2 reasons: (1) it makes the citation "non-reporting" to the GA DDS, which means no points and nothing on your FL driving record - this is by far the most important thing; and (2) it saves you 200 bucks from the GA super speeder penalty. That’s right - in addition to any penalty Turner County assesses, anytime you are convicted going 85 anywhere in GA, GA will assess an additional 200 bucks. GA is getting more creative with taxation measures. Good luck with your ticket!!!

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  • I live in Florida and while visiting Georgia, I received a speeding ticket in Turner County Georgia

    I was cited for driving 92 mph in a 70 mph zone. I wasn't driving that fast but challenging the officer at that time would have been pointless. I'm confident the wrong car was pulled over. How do get the fine reduced and avoid the points on my ...

    James’s Answer

    Man that really stinks...

    A lawyer that knows Turner County State Court or the City of Ashburn well will know how to fight this ticket for you. Unless you are under 21, a lawyer familiar with Turner County should be able to get the speed reduced to 84, and sometimes they can get the fine reduced as well. All this can be done without you having to appear in court.

    84 is important for 2 reasons: 1-It makes the citation "non-reporting" to the GA DDS, which means no points and nothing on your FL driving record - this is by far the most important thing. 2-It saves you 200 bucks from the GA super speeder penalty. THats right - in addition to any penalty Turner County assesses, anytime you are convicted going 85 anywhere in GA , GA will assess an additional 200 bucks. GA is getting more creative with taxation measures. Good luck with your ticket!!!

    James L. Paisley
    770.265.4630

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