Traffic tickets are very difficult to contest in court, for a number of reasons. A traffic
ticket attorney in Kern County should assess your case to determine what
defenses you may have available.
It is a myth that a judge will always throw out your traffic ticket based
on typos or other minor error, such as writing down the wrong license
plate information or spelling the driver's name wrong. Legally, such
items are a
variance between the pleadings and the proof, and a variance is not always fatal.
For example, writing the "2200 block" instead of the "2300
block" on a speeding ticket is not a fatal variance, unless the speed
limit was different in the 2200 block. Judges tend to consider police
officers to be much more credible than drivers, so fact-based defenses
are difficult to win. It is merely your word against the officers, especially
if there were no witnesses present and you did not have any passengers
with you in the care who can speak to your behavior.
A defense strategy that could work to your advantage would be that your
actions were necessary to avoid causing harm to another driver or pedestrian.
If the word “unsafe” was used in your citation, it can leave
the door open for you to argue that your actions were in fact for the
good of all involved. Additionally, if confusing signage was the reason
for your traffic ticket, you may be able to contest the ticket with evidential
photographs of the
signs themselves. You can check the signs against the Manual on Uniform Traffic
Control Devices from the Federal Highway Administration. If for any reason
the signs do not meet the legal standards, you may be able to have your
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