Any vehicle that comes to a stop sign is required by law to come to a complete stop. There are minor penalties for failure to stop at a stop sign, typically resulting in a fine between 70 and 200 dollars. However, if there are added variables to the scenario, like school and construction zones, penalties can be much higher. You will also have points added to your license, causing insurance rates to rise.
Sometimes it is difficult to prove whether you stopped at the stop sign, but what if you know you are innocent? Here are some possible ways a Miami traffic attorney can help you prove your innocence.
Prove it was justified: sometimes, you may need to forgo the stop sign to stay clear of a dangerous vehicle. If this is the case, you can admit to running the stop sign but emphasize that it was done to keep out of harm’s way.
Challenge the subjectivity of the situation: Though many judges tend to side with officers in these cases, if you believe you did make the required stop, you can provide eyewitness testimony, or challenge the point of view, literally. Maybe what the officer saw from their perspective was that you roll through the stop sign, but in reality, you stopped 20 feet from the line. Be sure to take pictures of the perspective on both ends if possible.
Mistake of fact: to receive a ticket, you must have broken the law. If the stop sign was not in plain sight, hidden by foliage or something else, you could argue that you did not see it.
If you wish to contest your ticket, contact a red light camera violation attorney at Hochman & Goldin P.A. before pursuing a case.
This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided during an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.