I was approaching a well lit, damp from rain, 4way intersection going straight at night. I saw the other vehicle (which contained the driver and 2 passengers) in the left-hand turn lane opposite me. As my vehicle reached the stopline the light turned yellow, giving me no time to stop. I continued thru without increasing my speed. I got more than 50% thru the intersection when the other driver turned left in front of me. I tried turning my left to avoid him but made contact. Other vehicle ended up stopped in front of oncoming lanes like he turned too soon. Mine stopped on impact in middle of intersection. I received a ticket for failure to obey traffic signal. I have officer's bodycam footage of my statement as well as the other driver's. I told officer I could not safely stop and that I tried to avoid it. Other driver stated he had a green light and did not see my vehicle coming. Footage also shows the officer telling them that I would receive a ticket and that "she ( I ) really could've hurt you"
Successfully pleading your case involves presenting evidence to support your version of the facts. It also involves understanding how the law views the facts. This is why it is important to hire an attorney who can present the facts in a way that defends you considering the law. It is also important to consult with an attorney about the impact of pleading your case in the event that you are found guilty. A guilty finding may hurt you should the other driver or passengers bring a claim for injuries. They have 2 years to bring suit.
If you received a ticket, you may plead not guilty and fight the ticket in court. If the prosecutor will not drop the case, then you have the right to continue to plead not guilty and have an infractions hearing. It is a trial but in front of a judge, not a jury. At that time, the state would have to present its witnesses-- namely, the police officer and the other party involved in the accident. You would have an opportunity to testify and to cross examine those witnesses. In the end, it is up to the judge, who sits as the fact finder, to determine who to believe. You should consult with an attorney who can handle the trial for you if the prosecutor refuses to drop the case.
You should definitely enter a plea of not guilty, and be advised that the State's Attorney's file with have the Police report from the accident and will give great weight to the Officer's conclusions. To avoid likely unpleasant consequences as to your insurance, as well as a conviction being reflected on your driver's history, it is best to consider the assistance of an Attorney
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