I was driving home at 11:45pm. I turned on my left signal, turned left & noticed a police car behind me, We drove for two miles. The speed limit was 35 & I was doing 35. I tapped on my brakes as I always do as i was approaching a sharp corner. All of a sudden, blue lights came on. I stopped & the officer asked me to drive up to a safer location. I did as I was told. The officer then asked me if I had anything to drink and I said no, & that he was free to give me a test. Then he said that he was issuing me a ticket bc my tires crossed the lines around the bend. The street is narrow, no one else is on the street but him & I, I did not endanger anyone's life, I was not speeding. On the ticket, he put the incorrect make, model & year of my car. I been driving for 13 yrs with NO tickets. Help!
Your issue is that the officer was looking for DUI and was angry when you turned out to not be a dui. You can try and fight the citation, depending on where it is, or try and negotiate for a non reporting violation. A lot depends on the evidence in your case and which court you have to attend.
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The ticket is valid. But if you really want to fight it, I recommend hiring an attorney to represent you in the matter, as there are things that can be done to combat such an allegation.
When it is the officer's word against yours and the Judge, not a jury, is evaluating the testimony, it is very difficult to prevail. Going forward with a lawyer is your best shot.
It's the officer's word against yours. The errors are the ticket do not matter, or render the ticket defective. If your case is in the Municipal Court of Atlanta participate in their pre-trial diversion program. You pay a program fee, and they dismiss the ticket.
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