I got cited for running a stop sign and requested a trial to contest the ticket. The officer said I didn't come to a full and complete stop but I actually did. My adult daughter was in the car and agrees that I did indeed come to a full stop. How do I prove my case at the trial?
In most states, the stop sign statute will—in a longwinded way—say that when approaching a stop sign, you must come to a complete stop before reaching the closest of a stop line, the crosswalk, or the intersection itself. So, when you're arguing your case in court, keep in mind how the offense is defined.
Fighting a stop sign ticket can be difficult. Unfortunately, when it's your word against the police officer's, the person with the badge usually wins. Having your daughter as a witness helps, but not as much as having an independent witness who you don't have a close relationship with. In most cases, you're not going to have an independent witness.
What you're left with as a defense, is attacking the officer's judgment in giving you the ticket. There are a handful of ways to go about doing this, but again, check your strategy against the letter of the law. Some possible defenses might include:
It's also possible that the citing officer won't show up for your trial. If that happens, you typically win without having to do anything.