How likely am I to win if I contest a failure to stop at stop sign ticket?

by admin on May 19, 2011

I was pulled over late at night and given a ticket for running a stop sign. I had no idea that I had run it in the least, but I figured it was late and if the officer saw me run a stop sign I must have. I told him I didn’t realize it or recall running it at all, but it was late and maybe I was more tired than I thought. I never admitted that I ran it at any time. I’m glad I didn’t too. My boyfriend knows the area well so he took me back. From the street the officer came from the view is obscured by a house and trees. Also, the stop line was recently moved back but you can still see the old line. Every single vehicle that passed in the same direction I had looked like it was running the stop sign. I’ve taken pictures of the changed stop lines and taken video recordings during the day and evening of cars passing by. Should this be enough to prove reasonable doubt that the officer was mistaken in what he saw? I really don’t want to pay a fee for something I didn’t do. Any input on how to go about contesting this would be helpful as well!

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    CW May 19, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Sounds like a good defense. Some judges will simply ignore it though.

    FredP May 19, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Take lots of photos and explain it to the judge. The officer has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt what happened – so he would have to prove you ran the newer limit line. If there’s a discrepancy, then m,any times the judge will let you off.

    CA Deputy

    darthdad May 19, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    not very likely, remember, it’s your word vs a cops, and we all know cops don’t lie

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