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BradATL
Mon, Dec-01-2003, 04:46:57 PM
Got my first ticket just 3 weeks after taking delivery of my '04 M3. Ga State Patrol clocked me with laser doing 81 in a 55. Feels pretty unfair, given that I was going with the flow of traffic. Also, shouldn't a 10-lane interstate highway have a speed limit of at least 65?

Jurisdiction is the City of Atlanta Traffic Court. I've heard that the prosecutor will generally accept a "nolo" plea if it is a first offense, in which case you still have to pay the fine but no points against your license. I would be happy with this because it would keep my insurance rates from going up.

Have any of you guys had any experience with the City of Atlanta Traffic Court?

Thanks!

04M3blur
Mon, Dec-01-2003, 05:03:42 PM
No experience in Atlanta, but it sounds similar to our system in WI. If you take the ticket to traffic court (no attorney necessary), you will almost always be given a lessor offense with less points. Of course, as you said, the fine will be the same. I'd do it every time, keeps points and insurance down.

Atl_Kev
Sun, Dec-07-2003, 04:55:59 AM
A few years ago I had the same type ticket and they let me attend a one day driving school and pay a reduced fine to keep the points off my license. I don't think you can get avoid the points without the school.

SeanBelnick
Sat, Dec-13-2003, 12:52:35 PM
Yep--every freeway inside of the perimeter in Atlanta is 55. There is a curve on I75 southbound just as you come into the city from the north where they have about 5 policeman on motorcycles just pulling people over since they are behind a blind curve.

I've heard that if you pay $1 over, they will send you a refund and if you do not deposit that refund check, they will never close your case and it wont be reported to your insurance...not sure if its true or not, but hey...its only $1!

BradATL
Thu, Dec-25-2003, 04:05:56 AM
Well, my court date was last Monday. A friend who is a lawyer went down there with me. He found a provision in the GA law that says the court MAY (but is not required to) reduce the fine by 20% and assess NO POINTS if you have a clean driving record and take driving school prior to your court date.

So I took a 6 hr bulls**t driving clinic (2 nights x 3 hrs each), total waste of time.

When we got to court, my lawyer found the solicitor to see if he'd give us this deal. He said he's fine with it if the judge is willing to go along with it. Then court starts and the judge is a mean old fart. He was literally mean as hell and didn't cut anyone any slack. When he called my case, my lawyer approached him with the plea offer. The judge said NO WAY! So my lawyer asked for a few minutes to "consult with his client". We stepped out of the courtroom and the court clerk came up to us and said to plead not guilty and request a trial date. So we went back up there and I pled not guilty. Then the clerk reset my case to February. He said there are 20 traffic court judges and this guy is a total jerk, and most of the others are more reasonable. He said that it is highly unlikely that I'll get this same judge in February. Man, that was pretty cool of the clerk to help us like that.

So the story will be continued in February... in the meantime, I just had the Escort ZR3 laser shifter installed because I don't ever want to put up with this crap again!!!

04M3blur
Thu, Dec-25-2003, 04:59:03 PM
Originally posted by BradATL
So the story will be continued in February...

Good luck. Let us know in Feb what happens.

atlM3punk
Wed, Mar-31-2004, 06:25:08 AM
BradATL,
Hey I just got a ticket for 53 in a 35 in Atlanta (second day I had the car) can you please post what happened with your case. I need some advice on what I should do. Thanks for any info.

BradATL
Wed, Mar-31-2004, 05:05:55 PM
BradATL,
Hey I just got a ticket for 53 in a 35 in Atlanta (second day I had the car) can you please post what happened with your case. I need some advice on what I should do. Thanks for any info.

I got a "nicer" judge on my reset date and she let me plead "nolo". You still have to pay the fine but it keeps the points off of your driving record. In the state of GA, you are allowed to plead nolo to a minor traffic offense once every 5 years. The judge doesn't have to accept the nolo plea, but most will.

Were you inside the city limits of Atlanta? 18 mph over the limit isn't too bad. Mine was 26 mph over the limit.

04M3blur
Wed, Mar-31-2004, 10:03:01 PM
I got a "nicer" judge on my reset date and she let me plead "nolo". You still have to pay the fine but it keeps the points off of your driving record. In the state of GA, you are allowed to plead nolo to a minor traffic offense once every 5 years. The judge doesn't have to accept the nolo plea, but most will.

Were you inside the city limits of Atlanta? 18 mph over the limit isn't too bad. Mine was 26 mph over the limit.

What's "nolo"?

atlM3punk
Thu, Apr-01-2004, 06:24:13 AM
Were you inside the city limits of Atlanta? 18 mph over the limit isn't too bad. Mine was 26 mph over the limit.

ATL PD got me on Ponce de Leon by city hall east heading out of the city. Worst part is it was the second day I had the car. Here's my story: it was 2 a.m., a garbage truck was in the outside lane and I was in the middle, he kept swerving into my lane so like any M3 owner who loves his car I knew that I had to pass him so as I accelerated by him going downhill I might add, BOOM nailed by the cop. I tried to explain this to the officer, but he said "that's for the courts to decide" what a bummer. STUPID GARBAGE TRUCK! DOH!

Anyways, does anyone know how to check when the last time you plead nolo was? I know I did it a long time ago, but I am not sure if it was quite 5 years ago or not? Last thing I want to do is enter a plea that I am not allowed to. Should I hire an attorney to fight this? If so BradATL would your buddy like to help out a fellow M3 guy for a reduced fee (I don't mind paying for legal advice, it's just that the fees are pretty high sometimes).

Once again I appreciate any help that anyone can give...

BradATL
Tue, Apr-13-2004, 02:36:48 AM
Anyways, does anyone know how to check when the last time you plead nolo was? I know I did it a long time ago, but I am not sure if it was quite 5 years ago or not? Last thing I want to do is enter a plea that I am not allowed to. Should I hire an attorney to fight this? If so BradATL would your buddy like to help out a fellow M3 guy for a reduced fee (I don't mind paying for legal advice, it's just that the fees are pretty high sometimes)

I would recommend you go in there and plead "nolo". If the judge has a copy of your Georgia criminal record, then they may notice that you have pleaded nolo within the past 5 yrs. Big deal -- all they can say is "no -- you've already plead nolo within the past 5 yrs, so we won't accept that plea again". You can say that you didn't realize that it can only be used every 5 years. But the judge probably won't have a copy of your record. They usually only pull it if you plead "not guilty" and request a trial.''

SMOK3
Wed, Apr-14-2004, 05:56:27 PM
Wassup Bradatl... I remeber you awaiting your delivery. I live in NoVa now. It doesn't take long to get that first ticket...;o) Although (kiss my hand knock on wood), I have not gotten a ticket in my M3 yet. I got a warning. But, in the wifee's X5 I have gotten two tickets. 87 in a 55 and 70 in a 55. One in Ga and the other in KY. Paid the tickets and points accessed. ;o( Take care... and enjoy the ride.

atlM3punk
Mon, Apr-19-2004, 07:25:18 AM
Thank you for the information BradATL you have been a lot of help.

How good does your laser shifter work? Have you ever been shot by a cop and it gave you the time to slow down? Just wondering about getting one. Also, where did you get it and is front and rear?

Once again thanks for your help.

BradATL
Wed, May-05-2004, 04:18:41 PM
How good does your laser shifter work? Have you ever been shot by a cop and it gave you the time to slow down? Just wondering about getting one. Also, where did you get it and is front and rear?

I've been shot three times and I quickly slowed down and then turned off the system so he wouldn't know he was being jammed. So far, its 3-for-3. The sensors are front and rear. The fronts are mounted behind the grill under the front bumper. The rear sensor is mounted above the license plate. I got it at Hi-Fi Buys in Buckhead and they did a great job on the install.

BradATL
Wed, May-05-2004, 04:21:50 PM
Wassup Bradatl... I remeber you awaiting your delivery. I live in NoVa now. It doesn't take long to get that first ticket...;o) Although (kiss my hand knock on wood), I have not gotten a ticket in my M3 yet. I got a warning. But, in the wifee's X5 I have gotten two tickets. 87 in a 55 and 70 in a 55. One in Ga and the other in KY. Paid the tickets and points accessed. ;o( Take care... and enjoy the ride.

Whatzup Wheel1! How's life in NoVa? Dude, I enjoyed the pictures of your wifee in the Miss M3Forum thread. I think we need to do more threads like that!

yummm3
Wed, Jun-30-2004, 06:14:18 AM
I've heard that if you pay $1 over, they will send you a refund and if you do not deposit that refund check, they will never close your case and it wont be reported to your insurance...not sure if its true or not, but hey...its only $1!
Not true, I tried it they just took my $1 and cashed the whole check. I got a ticket doing 83 in a 55 in Gwinnett county, which is in the metro Atlanta area. I paid a $160.00 fine, this was my second speeding offense.