If you have been charged with drag racing in Georgia, you should understand the seriousness of the legal case against you.
Drag racing is a misdemeanor, not a felony offense—which is a good thing, because you will be risking less severe consequences. According to the Georgia Code provisions for “Racing on Highways or Streets,” drag racing involves:
- "The operation of two or more vehicles from a point side by side at accelerated speeds in a competitive attempt to outdistance each other."
- "The operation of one or more vehicles over a common selected course from the same point to the same point for the purpose of comparing the relative speeds or power of acceleration of such vehicle or vehicles within a certain distance or time limit."
What is the evidence against you?
In any Alpharetta misdemeanor case, as with any case under criminal law, it is the duty of the government to prove that an offense occurred and to prove that the accused persons were responsible.
It is hard to prove that a drag race actually happened if there is no video evidence. It is just the officer’s word that he witnessed a drag race. In some cases there may be video footage of the race, but if there is not that is a good thing for your defense.
It is up to the prosecutor to prove with sufficient evidence that you were actually involved in a drag race. An experienced Alpharetta traffic misdemeanor attorney may be able to help you get the charges dismissed or reduced. Because drag racing is considered a misdemeanor, it is punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail. If the evidence against you is not persuasive, there is no reason that you should have to serve this sentence.
Hiring an attorney is the best way to fight this type of accusation. An experienced attorney fights tickets like this on a regular basis and has the know-how to properly defend you during your trial.
If you have been charged with a drag racing violation in Alpharetta or adjoining communities, you should hire an attorney to help you with your case. Call the Law Offices of Scott Miller at 707-408-1001 so we can help you with your traffic violation case.