I am posting to find out whether I should go to court or if I do not have hope and should pay the ticket.
I wonder if I can avoid points and insurance hikes.
Last time I got a ticket I think was about 6 years ago, and that was when a lady hit me but the police offer thought it was my fault. I wont go into the story but wanted to mention that as far as my record.
I was driving on a 2 lane road in downtown and needed to make a left turn. the light was a green left turn arrow so I proceeded and immediately the light turned green for the traffic coming towards me to go straight. I know I had 2 choices, either hit the accelerator and finish the turn or wait. I had moved forward and slightly over to the left, but because I had not moved much, the cars directly in front of me (at least 3) were also making left turns, and the cars in the lane next to them were already moving forward. There were about 5 cars in that lane, so as soon as they finished, I finished my turn. Incidentally, the cars directly in front of me were still waiting to try to make their left turn so they were not moving forward.
Then immediately I was pulled over. Officer asked if I knew why, I said I was not sure. He said I almost caused an accident because I was in the middle of the road and went when it was not green. I said that actually the arrow was green when I went forward but that the light changed (this leads me to believe he might not have seen what happened in the beginning). He said you were supposed to keep going. I said, yes I hesitated and was going to explain why I didn't accelerate, but then he walked back to his car and then gave me the citation with court date. In Georgia (or at least Fulton county) they give you a choice of paying the ticket online and admitting guilt and then you do not go to court.
the ticket says I am in violation of code section 40-6-71 of state law. remarks mention where I was making the turn and that I was blocking traffic almost caused an accident.
What I would like to know is if I go to court will I be wasting my time because I have no chance? If I go to court and if the judge thinks i am guilty even after explanation, is there a chance of the points being less, or say going to traffic school?
I looked up some references online but I am not sure how valid they are, and many mention speeding and dui. Someone told me to hire a lawyer, but is that useful in my case? From what I found, I think this will be 3 points and the ticket cost is $158.
Thanks in advance