Should I Fight A Traffic Ticket?
If you have received a traffic citation, you have found the highly-qualified attorney you need. I spent several years as a prosecutor handling the entire spectrum of traffic offenses. Nobody knows traffic law like I do. I’ve practiced in most every traffic courtroom in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) and know the ins and outs of these courts. My knowledge will save you time and frustration as well as give you peace of mind.
Most traffic citations will affect your license. Make sure you understand what you are doing and the potential consequences before simply pleading guilty or paying a fine. The conviction and fine are usually just the beginning, not the end of the matter.
What about points?
Georgia uses a point system for its drivers. Accumulating too many points in too short of time will result in a license suspension. Most traffic offenses carry points. And the more serious the charge, the more points it will carry. If you have a poor driving history or if your charge carries a lot of points, the risk to your license can be severe. Many people will plead guilty or pay a fine just to get it over with. Many times, it is only after the conviction takes effect, that they realize the consequence was more serious than a simple fine.
Drivers under 21
If you are under 21, stop and call me now. You must be careful with how you proceed when dealing with a traffic citation. You do not have the same protections as drivers who are 21 or older. In certain instances, it takes a lower number of points to trigger a suspension. Additionally, if you are cited for speeding 24 or more over the limit, your license will be suspended. Therefore, even if it is your first citation your license can be easily suspended. Never handle a traffic citation if you are under 21 by yourself.
Traffic citations I commonly defend:
- Reckless driving
- Improper lane change
- Failure to maintain lane
- Driving while license suspended: This charge carries mandatory jail time (even on the first offense). The jail time gets worse the more times a person is convicted and may even be treated as a felony. It will usually re-suspend your license as well.
- Suspended registration: This charge carries mandatory jail time and may re-suspend your license.
- No insurance: This charge carries a mandatory license suspension. However, under certain circumstances this suspension can be avoided when handled properly.
- Failure to appear suspensions