Traffic tickets are no fun, and Georgia drivers may admit that they may have told a little tale to the officer to try to escape with a warning. It is never a good idea to lie to the police, but when drivers see the lights in their rear-view signaling a dreaded traffic stop, they may find themselves trying to cook up a good excuse. Law enforcement has been trained to sniff out tall tales, and one man recently learned that trying to avoid a ticket for traffic offenses can land a person in worse trouble.
A Georgia police officer stopped the man, who resides out of state, when he allegedly saw him driving about 20 miles an hour over the posted speed limit. The driver pulled over, and when the officer approached, the driver reportedly flashed a badge of his own. The officer stated the man produced a badge to show that he was a federal marshal.
The officer requested to see further proof, and the man stated that he had no other credentials on his person. Upon further investigation, the officer concluded that the man’s badge was merely a souvenir. The driver admitted that he was not actually a federal marshal, but it was too late to avoid further charges. He was ticketed for speeding, but he was also charged with the more serious crime of impersonating an officer.
When drivers get a ticket, panic may set in. They may feel as if they did not break the law or that the charges are unfair based on circumstances. Rather than risk further trouble by trying to be dishonest, it may be helpful for those charged with traffic offenses to contact an experienced attorney. An attorney may be able to determine the best way to deal with a ticket and get the driver back on the road the proper, honest way.