Judge Vacates Driver’s Banishment

Ricardo Riley was stopped for speeding last year in the Walton County town of Loganville, 19 miles from his home. The police laser detected his speed at 40 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone. He argued that he thought the speed limit was 35 when he represented himself at a bench trial in January before Loganville Municipal Court Judge Ira Brownlow Jr.

The court convicted him of speeding and sentenced him to 12 months of probation, a collision avoidance course chosen by the judge and a $1,000 fine, according to court records from both sides. When Riley, a warehouse worker, argued that he could not afford to pay the fine, the judge asked him if he had any need to be in Loganville or Walton County. Riley said no. The judge then added banishment to the sentence.

Lawrence Zimmerman took the case pro bono to challenge the sentence.

–Riley v. City of Loganville, No. 2014CR188-5

Mr. Zimmerman practices criminal defense in Local, State and Federal
Courts across the State of Georgia. Mr. Zimmerman handles cases in trial courts as well as appeals.

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