On my way home on I26 (left lane) at exit 76 going toward Columbia, SC at about 9pm, I see a cop car with lights on in the middle median area of the interstate. As I approach the car I slowed down and notice the officer is helping a disabled vehicle with his back to oncoming traffic. It turns out it was a state trooper..... Officer Gabrielle ended up pulling me over for "Failure to move over" the Move Over Law. As soon as I rolled down my window the he started yelling at me, I never got a chance to speak, and it was very intimating. He comes back with a $1,062 ticket, says "I hope this high fine teaches you a lesson" turns around and walks away. I was not disrespectful to the officer in anyway. I don't understand how he thought I deserved this fine amount. Anyways I looked up the law and it states a fine amount of at least $300 and no more than $500. How can he give me over double the max fine? Also do you think I have a case of pleading not guilty because I slowed down before passing the officers vehicle? I have mud tires and that with my loud exhaust even though I slowed down it probably sounded like I came roaring by and it pissed the cop off. But I did slow down.
The additional money is for mandated court costs. Your fine will be the $500.00 and the remainder is court costs. You should hire a lawyer to represent you. There may be defenses you are not aware of.
You have somewhat of a defense, but you would be well advised to hire a criminal defense attorney to advocate for you.
Dr. Michael G. Sribnick, Esq. criminal defense attorney in Charleston and Columbia, S.C.
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