Georgia Speeding tickets can get expensive quickly. If you are convicted after receiving a Georgia speeding ticket you will likely face hundreds of dollars in insurance increases, it may affect your credit rating, and you may face a driver’s license suspension if you have other traffic convictions on your record. Additionally, if you are on probation or parole, you will have to report these convictions to your probation or parole officer. This will not generally result in your probation being revoked, but may in certain circumstances. Contact Georgia speeding ticket attorney Matt Hube right now for a no hassle approach to handling your speeding ticket.
Georgia police use radar, LiDAR, and pacing to enforce Georgia speed laws. Each of these enforcement tools have unique defenses. If you decide to fight your speeding ticket the State has the burden to prove that the officer was properly trained, the machine or instrument used to detect your speed was properly calibrated and functioning, and the officer used approved techniques to detect your speed. The officer does not have to show you the reading, or even “lock in” your speed on the radar or LiDAR device before writing you a ticket.
LiDAR (Laser speed detection)
A LiDAR device uses a laser light to detect the speed of a vehicle. These devices are generally accepted to be more target specific than the typical radar, but are not as accurate as urban legend would hold. LiDAR is not as universally accepted as scientifically reliable throughout the nation as radar, but the State generally can meet their burden of proof as to their reliability in court. While the LiDAR is more narrow in their targeting than radar, the light beam still expands the further it travels from LiDAR device. The wider the beam expands, the more chances there are of obtaining a false reading.
Radar (most widely used speed detection method)
The radar device is the most widely used speed detection device in the United States. There are three primary radar bands that are used by law enforcement – X band, K band, and KA band. Most agencies have replaced their x band units in favor of the more sophisticated K or KA band units. Many of these units can detect the speed of vehicles traveling in the same or opposite direction of the patrol car, and all can be used in either moving or stationary mode. You do have the right under Georgia law to ask the officer to check the accuracy of his radar device. Most officers do not have a problem doing this unless you have an offensive or otherwise unpleasant attitude. Either way, the officer is obligated to run a calibration check if you so request.
Pacing (oldest form of speed detection)
Pacing is the oldest form of speed detection in the United States. It generally requires that a police officer match that speed of his vehicle to the speed of yours. Usually, the officer will prefer to first match your speed then pace you at a speed where you are slightly pulling away from his vehicle. In order to be successful prosecuting these cases the officer’s speedometer must be calibrated and accurate. One common defense is the lack of calibration, or the time that has passed since the last calibration of the officer’s speedometer. Calibration does not mean that the officer’s speedometer will always read accurately, but simply means that it will read the same speed consistently. For instance, an officer’s speedometer may read 67 miles per hour when a radar unit measures it at 65 miles per hour. Calibration means that the officer’s speedometer will consistently read 67 miles per hour when a radar unit measures it at 65 miles per hour.
Most states, including Georgia, use a point system for speeding and other traffic violations. You are awarded points for each conviction. Once you have accumulated enough points your driver’s license will be suspended or revoked. Keeping a disposition (the final legal outcome of your speeding ticket case) from being reported to the Department of Drivers’ Services is the goal for all speeding ticket cases. It is difficult to prove an officer’s speedometer was not properly certified, or that his speed detection device was not properly functioning. We can often get the State to agree to amend the speeding ticket in such a way so that it will not be reported, thus points will not be assessed against your driver’s license.
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