A police officer ticketed me because he claims that I ran a stop sign. After writing the ticket, he then argues that "at no point did my wheels come to a complete stop" (which virtually no-one follows). First of all "running" a stop sign insists that the driver made very little or no attempt to stop. Also, he was walking out of an obstructed view of my vehicle and the stop sign, hence cannot boast that he fully saw my entire vehicle motion.
I firmly believe I stopped. I felt the stop jerk. There is no law in CO as to how long a driver must remain stationary at a stop sign or must open his door to ensure his wheels aren't rolling. Therefore I believe his finite challenge of my wheels is contestable.
What is the best way I can argue my case?
You do not have to have an attorney to contest a traffic citation. Instructions for pleading not guilty and requesting a hearing are probably on the reverse side of the citation. Follow the instructions for requesting a hearing. There are very specific and strict time limits on doing so, and you will have to deposit some amount of $$$, sometimes the full amount of the fine. If you are successful you will receive a refund. Having an attorney with experience in handling traffic matters can be helpful.
You can appear in court and set the case for trial. You will explain your contentions to the judge and the police officer will tell his story. The judge will decide wither you are guilty or not. An attorney may be able to make the argument clearer, but it still comes down to your testimony vs. the police officer's testimony.
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