Failure to stop at a stop sign is a charge given to individuals by police when the individuals keep driving through a stop sign or fail to come to a complete stop. This may seem like a minor violation, but serious injuries and even death has occurred because a driver failed to stop at a stop sign.
While it's true that many people don't actually come to a complete stop at stop signs, it's also true that if a police officer spots it, he or she can hand out several consequences. Typically, the traffic violator will be given a ticket for up to $200, and can even receive up to 15 days in jail. The incident will also be captured on the individual's permanent driving record.
Failure to stop is typically considered a ‘moving violation,' and most states dish out 1 to 3 points for moving violations. However, these points can lead to increased insurance premiums and even a suspended license if they add up quickly enough. If an individual receives a certain amount of points in a determined amount of time, he or she could have their license suspended for a year, 18 months or even longer.
While many individuals will simply pay their fines and move on, others choose to fight the charge. It may be that the individual really did stop at the stop sign, didn't see the stop sign or that other factors were involved in the case. For instance, if the stop sign is not visible, the driver can successfully fight the charge and win.
It's important to speak to an attorney when one feels they have been wrongly accused of failure to stop at a stop sign. An attorney can gather the details and plan a strategy of defense to help the client show that the violation was not his or her fault. Hiring an attorney can help keep the charge off of the driver's record, prevent insurance premiums from rising and more.
Individuals should hang on to any proof that they are innocent, including pictures of obstructed stop signs, proof that the weather was bad and the car skidded, or any other thing that might help the attorney prove the case.