Augusta Traffic Ticket Defense Lawyer

Traffic Ticket & Speeding Defense

If you’ve received a traffic ticket, you may be considering whether you should fight the ticket or just pay the fine. Depending on the nature of the ticket, the consequences of admitting to a traffic violation may involve more than just paying a fine. Speak with an experienced traffic ticket lawyer to learn about your options.

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Traffic Ticket Defense Attorney in Augusta, Georgia

Traffic Tickets Cover a Wide Range of Offenses

When you think of traffic tickets, you probably think of a speeding ticket or a ticket for running a red light. While those are some of the most common types of moving violations in Georgia, there are dozens of traffic violations that can result in fines and points against your license. If you fall into Georgia’s “super speeder” classification, you will see an extra $200 tacked on to your fine. That classification applies to anyone who is driving at 75 mph or faster on a two-lane road, or 85 mph or faster on any road.

It’s important to note that when you decide to “just pay the fine,” you are also agreeing to accept the applicable points against your license. Most traffic offenses carry between 2 and 4 points. The offenses carrying the highest number of points (6), include:

  • Aggressive driving
  • Speeding 34 mph or more over the limit
  • Unlawful passing of a school bus

It takes just 15 points in two years to trigger a driver’s license suspension. Before you consider paying a traffic ticket, find out how many points will be assigned and what’s already on your record. If you are at all uncertain about the right way to proceed or whether admitting to the violation will have serious consequences, consult a defense attorney experienced in traffic law before making any decisions—there’s typically limited time to act after a traffic ticket has been issued.

Some Traffic Offenses are Crimes

Some moving violations, such as driving under the influence and reckless driving, are crimes. This can cause confusion for some drivers, and even uncertainty about what to expect. For example, the definition of reckless driving is operating a vehicle with reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property. A reckless driving charge carries a fine in the same range as a serious speeding ticket and 4 points on your license. But, it carries some other consequences, including a possible jail sentence of up to 12 months and a criminal record. This is just one example of how one offense could end up being treated as a much more serious criminal charge.

In addition to the direct consequences of a traffic violation, your driving record may impact your ability to do certain types of work. Traffic violations may prevent you from operating a commercial motor vehicle, or make you ineligible for other jobs that involve driving. Both Uber and Lyft have policies (though different from one another) that disqualify drivers with certain types or numbers of traffic violations.

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Defenses in Traffic Violation Cases

The best way to challenge a speeding ticket or other traffic ticket will depend on the circumstances. It’s impossible to list all of the possible defenses to all traffic violations here, but an experienced Augusta traffic ticket lawyer will know what to look for based on the facts of your case.

Your speeding ticket lawyer can also look into whether there is cause to challenge the accuracy of the radar gun. For example, there may be evidence that the device isn’t properly calibrated, or that weather may have impacted its accuracy, or simply that the officer who clocked you wasn’t properly trained in the use of the device.

There is also a possibility that the officer who wrote your ticket made a mistake that can be used to call the accuracy of their account into question. For example, the location on the ticket may not match the place you were stopped, or an error in recording the time could mean you couldn’t have been in that location at the time listed.

These are just two examples of ways an experienced traffic ticket lawyer might find grounds to fight your traffic ticket. The bottom line is that it takes knowledge of traffic laws and police procedures to identify cracks in the allegations. When you retain the J. Todd Mitchell Law Firm to handle your traffic ticket, we’ll examine your ticket, take information from you about the event, and consider every possible defense that may be available to you.

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I became a criminal defense lawyer to help people in and around Augusta, GA by protecting their rights and their futures. Whether the matter involves a serious crime that carries a potential prison sentence or a traffic ticket that could jeopardize your ability to drive, or impact your employment options.

To learn more about how I can help you fight a Georgia traffic ticket, call 706-750-0501 right now, or fill out our contact form. The initial consultation is always free, so you can make an informed decision about how to move forward.

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Traffic Ticket Defense FAQs

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When you pay a traffic ticket in Georgia, you are admitting to the offense. That means points on your license that may contribute to a license suspension. You may also see an increase in your automobile insurance rates. You should also be aware that, unlike most states, Georgia doesn’t have a separate category such as “infraction” for traffic offenses. They are criminal misdemeanors.

You always have the option of contesting the citation in court, though this should be undertaken with the assistance of an experienced traffic ticket lawyer. In some Georgia counties, you may qualify for a pre-trial intervention program. And, if you haven’t done so in the past five years, you may be able to plead nolo contendere to a traffic offense, avoiding points against your license.

Talk to an Augusta traffic ticket lawyer right away. More serious traffic offenses may result in loss of your driver’s license regardless of points, and even criminal penalties such as jail time. You can’t afford to think of these allegations as “just traffic offenses.”

An experienced speeding ticket lawyer may be able to get a “super speeder” charge reduced, or even find weaknesses in the evidence that result in dismissal of the charge.

Depending on the specifics of your case, a traffic ticket lawyer may be able to negotiate for a program that doesn’t result in an admission, or argue for the court to accept a nolo contendere plea. Or, your attorney may find a problem with your case that will lead to dismissal or acquittal at trial.

Every traffic ticket case is different. The important thing to keep in mind when deciding whether to hire a traffic ticket lawyer is that attorneys experienced with this type of case will know how to assess the case against you for weaknesses you may not see, and to gather any necessary evidence to fight the charge. Your attorney can also ensure that you are aware of the direct and indirect consequences of a conviction, and negotiate with the prosecution for the most favorable outcome possible.

When you hire a traffic ticket lawyer or speeding ticket lawyer, you want to know that your attorney has experience with cases like yours. You also want to work with an attorney who is willing to fight the charges in court if that’s the best option in your circumstances.