Traffic tickets are more than just fines. Traffic tickets in Georgia concerning moving violations carry with them points. Since people with a bad driving record are more likely to get into car accidents, these points can affect your insurance rates. Even after you pay the ticket fine, your insurance rate increase can last for several years. If you are a repeat traffic offender with 15 accumulated points within 2 years, your driving privileges will be revoked, putting you at risk for getting jail time if you drive on a suspended license. A traffic ticket can devistate your life if your job requires you to drive a Big-Rig, taxi, Uber, or other company vehicle. It's hard to believe but you could lose your job by getting a ticket on your way to work.
Dangerous moving violations such as reckless driving or running a red light are actually punishable by jail time and/or probation. Daniels & Taylor, P.C., can help you defend against an unwarranted traffic citation or get the charges reduced or dismissed. There are many technicalities and constitutional rights that are fundimental to our criminal justice system and a Traffic Lawyer can help you navigate the system to find facts to defend you from the State. Remember, a "defense" is not the same as an "excuse". It is not a valid defense to say you were speeding because you were "following the flow of traffic." Even if you don't have a vaild legal defense, often times plea negotiations can result in reduced fines or no points against your driving record.
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The Georgia Traffic Violation Point System
The points to be assessed for each offense shall be as provided in the following schedule:
|Aggressive driving||6 points|
|Reckless driving||4 points|
|Unlawful passing of a school bus||6 points|
|Improper passing on a hill or a curve||4 points|
|Exceeding the speed limit by more than 14 miles per hour but less than 19 miles per hour||2 points|
|Exceeding the speed limit by 19 miles per hour or more but less than 24 miles per hour||3 points|
|Exceeding the speed limit by 24 miles per hour or more but less than 34 miles per hour||4 points|
|Exceeding the speed limit by 34 miles per hour or more||6 points|
|Disobedience of any traffic-control device or traffic officer||3 points|
|Too fast for conditions||0 points|
|Possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage while driving||2 points|
|Failure to adequately secure a load, except fresh farm produce, resulting in loss of such load onto the roadway which results in an accident||2 points|
|Violation of child safety restraint requirements, first offense||1 point|
|Violation of child safety restraint requirements, second or subsequent offense||2 points|
|All other moving traffic violations which are not speed limit violations||3 points|
The commissioner shall suspend the driver's license of any person who has accumulated a violation point count of 15 or more points in any consecutive 24-month period, as measured from the dates of previous arrests for which convictions were obtained to the date of the most current arrest for which a conviction is obtained. A second or subsequent plea of nolo contendere, within the preceding five years, as measured from the dates of previous arrests for which pleas of nolo contendere were accepted to the date of the most current arrest for which a plea of nolo contendere is accepted, to a charge of committing an offense listed in this subsection shall be considered a conviction for the purposes of this Code section. At the end of the period of suspension, the violation point count shall be reduced to zero points.
An experienced criminal defense attorney will advise you of your rights and provide reliable counsel throughout the various stages of the legal process. From our office in Lawrenceville, our lawyers represent clients in communities throughout Gwinnett County and Walton County, Georgia. Call us at 770-604-1380 or contact us by email to arrange a free consultation with one of our experienced Lawrenceville traffic violations defense attorneys today.