Disobeying a Stop Sign Ticket
Stop signs, yield signs, and other traffic control devices are maintained by the county or city tasked with regulating traffic in the area. Adherence to these signs and signals are the fundamentals of safe traffic, so police officers are very motivated to uphold their validity and ticket any driver who disregards them.
Additionally, if you were involved in an accident and an investigation reveals that you failed to yield when appropriate, the South Carolina Uniform Act Regulating Traffic on Highways states “the collision shall be deemed prima facie evidence of his failure to yield right-of-way” (§ 56-5-2330). This could make an accident ticket even worse for your driving record and insurance rates.
Disobeying a Stop Sign Defense Attorney
Our SC traffic ticket lawyers understand that mistakes happen and a simple distraction or mistake could cause you to fail to stop or yield. Call our knowledgeable and experienced South Carolina Traffic Attorneys for a free consultation regarding your citation. When you call, you can speak to a South Carolina Traffic Citation attorney who will evaluate your case, give you honest feedback, and be upfront about any fees.
Failure to Stop or Yield – What to do?
The most important thing to do when pulled over for failure to obey a traffic control device is to remain calm and be polite to the officer. Officers remember which drivers gave them a hard time, and it is more difficult for us to get your ticket dismissed or reduced if the Officer had an unpleasant experience. If you were distracted or failed to see a “Stop” or “Yield” sign, do not simply pay the fine without talking to an experienced South Carolina Traffic Attorney. By paying the fee, you are pleading guilty to the charge as written on the ticket. This could even be a misdemeanor offense. Our seasoned traffic attorneys also have extensive experience working with out-of-state drivers. A citation from South Carolina does not simply stay in South Carolina. It will get reported back to your home state DMV. If you proceed without knowing all the facts and implications of your ticket or guilty plea, you could end up with catastrophic damage to your driving record and your insurance premiums.