What’s one of the most common motor vehicle moving violations? Speeding. If you get a ticket and contest it, you have the right to testify—but should you? Drawing on years of experience, a defense attorney at The Walker Firm in Warner Robins, GA, answers drivers’ questions.
To Testify or Not to Testify? A Defense Attorney Responds
Does Testifying Make a Difference in a Speeding Ticket Case?
Testifying can work for or against the accused speeder. For example, if the driver has a clean record, testifying may help the case. On the other hand, if the driver testifies and has a history of speeding tickets or other moving violations, the prosecutor may ask the court to admit that history into evidence against the driver. Consulting a defense attorney is the best way to reach a decision.
Does it Matter if the Officer Does Not Appear?
Yes. If the officer does not appear for trial, the prosecutor cannot prove the case. The driver’s lawyer will ask the court for a “dismissal for want of prosecution,” which ends the case in the driver’s favor.
Does Weather or Traffic Make a Difference?
It depends. Weather conditions can affect some speed detection equipment. In some cases, drivers testify about the conditions and the speed they were actually traveling. Experienced defense attorneys know how to challenge the credibility of technology. Drivers may offer testimony on traffic-related defenses, such as speeding up to pass a slow moving vehicle or to avoid a collision.
The dedicated defense attorneys at The Walker Firm are meticulous in analyzing and preparing speeding cases. They know attention to detail means the difference between a guilty and a not guilty verdict. You can count on these lawyers to consider every angle before advising you whether to take the stand in your defense.
Before your speeding ticket court date, call The Walker Firm in Warner Robins, GA, at (478) 923-4152 to schedule a free consultation with a defense attorney. Visit their website to learn more, or contact them through Facebook or Google+.