I was recently given a ticket in Tyrone, Georgia for not properly stopping at a stop sign. The only vantage point from which the stop sign could be seen well (without the police being seen) was from a house across the road and to the right. In fact the policeman was parked directly in front of the residence carport, and had to drive out of the driveway to pull me over. (I turned left past the right side of the house after the stop sign).
I asked the policeman if he was allowed to park on private property. He stated that he could park "anywhere within the right of way", which he defined as 25 ft from the road. At this time he abruptly left. I measured the distance to about30-35 ft from the edge of the road. I also took pictures of the area. I have not seen ANY policeman at this position before OR after the incident, and I pass this same spot 2-3 times per day for the last 8 months.
I now know that the occupants of the house left just a couple of days before the incident.
What is the law on where a policeman can "stake out" an area? Doesn't he have to have permission to PARK on private property? I do plan on going to court, however this local department has quite a name for giving lots of tickets for the small size of town. What are my chances?