About 2 months ago, I was stopped for careless operation of a vehicle in South Carolina. More specifically, I passed a car trying to turn left on the right in the bike lane. A sheriff pulled me over and I tried to explain my position that the car in front of me stopped quickly and I was unable to avoid it. He wasn't buying my explaination, but he did agree to turn it over to the city officer, who arrived on the scene after the incident occurred. When he asked me about what happened, I just said that I was in a hurry and left it at that.
Wouldn't I have a case to explain (guilty with explaination) before the judge since the officer who wrote the ticket wasn't the one who pulled me over and wasn't behind me when it happened? The information he got was from the sheriff/deputy officer who probably only told him that I passed someone in the right lane.
My other option would be to go to traffic school I guess because I really don't want my insurance to go up over this.