Can I have my traffic ticket for illegal left turn dismissed if I explain the situation to the judge?
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Your "explanation" will be taken as an admission and no quarter will be given. If you want to dispute the ticket you should retain a local attorney; preferably one who has a good working relationship with the prosecutor / judge.
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Even if true which it sounds like the cop disputes, It is also illegal to lane change in an intersection. It’s also illegal to enter the intersection when there isn’t room for you to go all the way through it.
So, you committed a couple of offenses, and there is no “I really needed to get there” exceptions in the vehicle code. Believe it or not most drivers feel it is important to make it to their destination. The issue with your excuse is also proof. I’m sure the cop and the court hear this stuff every day.
So, unless you show up with the patient and the patient’s medical records corroborating the story, I doubt the judge will give much weight to your story.
In any event, hire a traffic ticket attorney.
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If you want to fight the citation issued, you should not attempt to do so by yourself, as you do not have the legal experience or acumen to do so successfully. Even though I am an attorney, I would not try to fight a traffic citation myself since that is a specialized field that requires more knowledge of the traffic laws and traffic courts than I myself possess.
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