Stop sign traffic ticket violations are very similar to red lights in that you have to defend them in about the same way.
Read the vehicle code you are accused of violating (similar to U-Turn traffic tickets) and study all of the different elements of that code.
To beat a stop sign violation, your best defense is to sit where the cop was sitting and take a picture of his view of the road where the stop sign violation occurred. If the picture shows the officer didn't have a good view of you, it might be enough to establish reasonable doubt.
For example, if the officer was sitting at a street intersecting the street you were traveling, you could make a valid defense that you came to a complete stop a couple of feet before the white marker line on the road. As a result, the officer did not see you stop exactly at the white marker line, which made it appear as if you didn't stop.
If the officer was behind or in front of you when the offense occurred, you might want to show the officer could not see, from the other vehicles blocking his view, if your brake lights were on or not.
Plus, if the officer was behind or in front of you, his angle of where your front bumper and the stop sign were could have been obscured.
Some other things to consider when trying to fight a stop sign ticket would be the actual wording of the violation. Sometimes an officer will say you did not stop behind the white limit line. Check and make sure the limit line is clearly visible and hasn't faded out over time. Also, a wet road can obscure the limit line.
I've also seen tickets where the officer has written that the driver did not stop long enough. Read the code you are accused of violating and see if it says anything about stopping for any required length of time.
Most do not specify the length of time you have to stop, just that you should come to a complete stop. This does not however include rolling stops. You had to have actually stopped.
A driver was pulled over for running a stop sign. While trying to get out of the ticket, he had the following exchange with the police officer:
Officer: "I'm giving you a ticket for not stopping at that sign back there."
Driver: "What! I did stop."
Officer: "No you didn't, I watched you the whole time."
Driver: "You're crazy, I'm telling you I did stop!"
Officer: "Don't argue with me, I know what I saw."
Driver: "You must be blind then, because I did stop!"
Officer: "No you didn't, what you did was slow down, not stop."
Driver: "Oh, c'mon, what's the difference... slow down or stop?"
Officer: Feeling agitated with the driver at this point, the officer whipped out his baton and began to beat the driver over the head with it repeatedly and asked, "Well, what do you want me to do... slow down or STOP!"
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