20+ years of experience, traffic citation attorney Larry Kohn, explains traffic ticket violations, violation codes, and fines in Georgia. This knowledgable traffic lawyer also elucidates the importance of why you should NOT pay your citation online without speaking to an attorney first.
Most individuals believe paying the fine(s) associated with their traffic citation is the best way to handle the violation. This incorrect assumption is more costly than hiring a traffic court lawyer. Traffic attorneys understand the repercussions of such violations, recognize their alternative options and could negotiate reduced fines and charges.
Moving violations are criminal offenses in the state of Georgia, most of these crimes are classified as misdemeanors. To put this into perspective, possession of marijuana less than an ounce charge has the same classification as a traffic ticket. Search “traffic attorneys near me” and schedule a consultation to hear the different options available for your case before you pay your Atlanta traffic ticket. Our attorneys are here to explain the possible outcomes and clarify the difference in traffic lawyer costs and paying the traffic ticket online in Georgia costs. Kohn & Yager, LLC is a criminal defense law firm located in the Atlanta area, successfully representing thousands of clients in various cases.
10 Reasons Why You Need a Traffic Ticket Lawyer
Since traffic violations are misdemeanors, penalties may include paying fines of up to $1,000.00 and serving up to one year in jail. Hiring a traffic lawyer will reduce the possibility of potential jail time for a speeding ticket. In addition, there are ten (10) main rationales as to why you need to retain a traffic violation lawyer:
- Disagree with details of the pending traffic citation: It is important to remember facts regarding the circumstances during your encounter with the officer: details on the time of day, the weather conditions and the radar reading. This is a proactive measure to challenge the cop if the speed is falsely reported. If there was a car accident that resulted in property damage, you may disagree with the conclusions on the incident report, the ticketed driver was not at fault for the collision, or some object was restricting your view (e.g., a broken tree branch blocked visibility of the stop sign) caused the cited motorist to receive the citation.
- Maintaining low car insurance rates: In many states, traffic violations instantly increase insurance premiums, due to auto insurance and motor vehicle crimes law.
- Convenience: If the driver lives out of state or the court is located a long-distance away from their residence.
- The driver has driving restrictions, driving with a restricted license or a limited driver’s permit: These vehicle operators CANNOT receive any new type of traffic citation(s). In the unfortunate event that he or she receives a traffic summons, the outcome of the court case will determine if the offender can keep his or her ability to drive.
- Avoid adding penalty points on your driving record: Even though every state uses a “points system,” the weight and schemas vary for each jurisdiction. This system accumulates points obtained for each driver over a certain amount of time. Reaching the maximum number of demerit points results in license suspension and loss of driving privileges in Georgia. Pursuant to O.C.G.A §40-5-86, licensed Georgia residents may receive up to 7 points reduction against their DL upon completion of an approved defensive driving course once every 5 years.
- Affects Employment: The driver convicted of speeding (or another traffic violation) drives a company vehicle as part of his or her employment. Furthermore, 35% of American’s jobs include transportation as part of their employment.
- Trucking Incident for Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers: In order to prevent any job suspension or termination, individuals with Commercial Driver’s Licences need to fight every traffic violation, personal or in their company vehicle.
- Georgia is one of the few states that have strict penalties for high speeding citations: Pursuant to O.C.G.A. §40-6-181, tickets for speeding 15-18 Miles per hours (MPH) result in 2 points on your driving record, incrementally increasing up to 6 points for any speeding tickets 34+ MPH over the speed limit. O.C.G.A. §40-6-189 defines a super speeder as anyone driving 85 MPH or more on any road or highway, or 75 MPH or more on any two-lane road or highway in GA. If convicted, super speeder fines are $200.00, failure to pay the fines for the citation within 90 days will result in license suspension.
- Collision claims resulting in civil lawsuits: Car accidents involving personal injury cases with their ramifications of damage claims. If the claim is more than the liability insurance coverage, these collisions can leave the party at-fault financially vulnerable and need a civil traffic attorney in addition to a criminal traffic lawyer.
- Accidents based on cases involving serious traffic offenses: Offenses including reckless driving, serious injury by vehicle, aggressive driving and driving under the influence will be classified as felony charges if the incident results in a serious injury or fatality. If these are the circumstances you are facing, you NEED to search for the best traffic ticket lawyer near me for the pending charges and a personal injury attorney for the insurance claim.
Attorneys Near Me, Georgia Traffic Violations, Codes and Fines
Listed below are the common GA traffic violation codes and fines that account for more than 95% of our law firm’s clientele involving traffic-related criminal charges:
- speeding (O.C.G.A. §40-6-181) and super-speeder (O.C.G.A. §40-6-189) assessments, as previously mentioned, super speeder tickets in GA have a fine of $200.00 and if you do not pay the super speeder fine within 90 days, your license WILL BE SUSPENDED,
- red light violation (O.C.G.A. §40-6-21), fines for running a red light are $1,000.00 whereas fines for a camera red light ticket violation are $70.00,
- following too closely (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-49),
- failure to yield (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-71), maximum fines are $1,000.00,
- stop sign violation (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-72),
- driving while suspended or revoked (O.C.G.A. §40-5-121), fines vary from $500.00-$1,000.00,
- driving without a license on a person (O.C.G.A. §40-5-20), fines vary from $500.00-$1,000.00,
- driving without insurance (O.C.G.A. §40-6-10), fines up to $1,000.00,
- driving with an expired tag or inspection sticker (O.C.G.A. §40-2-8),
- failure to maintain lane (O.C.G.A. §40-6-48), the maximum fine is $1,000.00,
- illegal left turn where prohibited (O.C.G.A. §40-6-121),
- passing a stopped school bus that has its visuals activated, loading or unloading (O.C.G.A. §40-6-163), fines for this violation are up to $1,000,
- crossing the double yellow center line (O.C.G.A. §40-6-45),
- driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other intoxicating substances (O.C.G.A. §40-6-391), DUI/DWI convictions have two types of fines for each charge, criminal and administrative. First offender fines for the criminal/DUI charges may total to $1,000, in addition to these fines, administrative fines can vary from $210.00 to $410.00,
- reckless driving (O.C.G.A. §40-6-390) fines up to $1,000.00,
- striking a fixed object (O.C.G.A. §40-6-272),
- leaving the scene of an accident with an occupied vehicle (O.C.G.A. §40-6-270) first-time conviction fines vary from $300.00 to $1,000.00,
- striking an unattended vehicle (O.C.G.A. §40-6-271),
- failure to appear for a court date, resulting in a bench warrant (O.C.G.A. §40-13-63) fines not to exceed $200.00, or confinement in jail for up to three days,
- child safety restraints violation/child seat violation for an improper type of rear-facing device (O.C.G.A. §40-8-76) first violation fines to not exceed $50.00,
- distracted driving, violation of the hands-free law (O.C.G.A. §40-6-241.1) first conviction fine is $50.00,
- distracted driving for any activity inside the vehicle (O.C.G.A. §40-6-241),
- attempting to elude police officer, refusing to stop your vehicle once a police officer has audibly signaled or visibly signaled (O.C.G.A. §40-6-395), fines for this violation vary from $500.00 to $5,000.00,
- passing in a “no-passing zone” (O.C.G.A. §40-6-46),
- racing, two vehicles at accelerated speeds competing to reach a certain destination or outperform the other (O.C.G.A. §40-6-186); and
- seat belt violation, use of safety belts (O.C.G.A. §40-8-76.1) $15.00 fines for first-time convictions.
Lawyers That Handle Traffic Tickets, 7 Way to Choose the Right Traffic Court Attorney
There are many important factors to consider when hiring a speeding ticket lawyer or a traffic attorney: how high or low their ratings/reviews are online and if any disciplinary complaints have been filed on the GA state bar directory, you will see if any previous clients have complained, which is pertinent information to know when so much depends on the outcome of your case. In addition to these:
- years of experience representing clients with similar charges,
- knowledge or familiarity of the court in which the case is pending,
- precise knowledge of different defense strategies to resolve or minimize the damages, both financially and consequentially,
- if the fees are fixed or variable,
- if he or she has staff that can be reached when he or she is in court or with another client,
- AVVO rating; and
- his or her attitude or optimism on the outcome of the situation once all of the details of the case are known.
Call Kohn & Yager, LLC. and speak with one of our Atlanta, Georgia traffic attorneys to set up a FREE traffic court lawyer consultation. Our attorneys will review the circumstances regarding your case and will help answer any questions you have, including the question if you are making a serious mistake of paying your traffic ticket. Know your options and call our office at (404)567-5515 now, take the advice and look at our reviews online, or ask around, we look forward to hearing from you.
Georgia Department of Driver Services
Georgia Point System– this includes Georgia’s speeding ticket points
William C. “Bubba” Head
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