Traffic Violations Lawyer Lawrenceville
Helping clients fight tickets and keep a clean record
It may seem like a small deal, but a having traffic violation on your record can affect you in unexpected ways. In recent years, Georgia’s Government Office of Highway Safety has implemented various campaigns to prompt residents to take Georgia traffic laws seriously. These include both statewide and national campaigns such as “Super Speeder Laws” “Click It or Ticket” and “Operation Zero Tolerance” with shorter-term awareness programs targeted around holidays. As part of these efforts, law enforcement may increase traffic stops. Many people fight tickets on their own, without success. Since 1995, Stepp Law, Attorneys and Counselors at Law has fought for justice for Lawrenceville and throughout Gwinnett County residents in traffic court or criminal court with positive outcomes.
Do I need a lawyer for a traffic ticket?
It happens so quickly: you look in your rear view mirror and see the lights of a police car. The officer pulls you over and issues you a ticket. You hoped it would not be a big deal, but when you look into it you find you are facing a misdemeanor — or even a felony. What are some consequences of a traffic citation?
- Monetary fines, points and a possible impact on your record
- There are extra fines of $200 for driving faster than 75 mph on a two-lane road and faster than 85 mph anywhere in Georgia
- Jail time
- Increased insurance costs
- Limits on employment opportunities — employers often run a check with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as part of a background evaluation
- Requirement to attend drug and alcohol courses/counseling
- Increased penalty for any future violations
Suspensions, points and other punishments
Georgia law differentiates between cancellation, revocation and suspension of a driver’s license. Although in each of these cases, you may reapply for your license. Suspensions and revocations cover a specific period of time. The Department of Driver Services may cancel your license if you give false or incomplete information or are ineligible for a license.
Georgia law requires mandatory suspension of license for those convicted of any of the following:
- Homicide by vehicle, hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident
- Using a motor vehicle to commit a felony, flee or elude a police officer
- Driving a car with a suspended or revoked registration or without insurance
Your driver’s license may also be suspended for:
- A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) or refusing to submit to DUI testing
- If you are already driving on a suspended license, the suspension will be extended
- Driving with certain drug crime convictions
With such harsh consequences you need counsel from an experienced criminal law attorney.
Serious consequences for common traffic violations
- Reckless or aggressive driving: Both are violations of Georgia law, but reckless driving is a misdemeanor. Aggressive driving, which means driving with intent of harassing or trying to harm another, is a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature.
- DUI and related charges: Simply refusing to test for DUI violates Georgia’s implied consent laws. In all 50 states, drinking while driving with a blood alcohol level above 0.08 may put you in jail.
- Texting while driving: Texting behind the wheel is banned in Georgia. According to a 2008 study, Georgia was the third highest state in the US for texting while driving.
- Homicide by vehicle: There were 1144 deaths in car accidents in Georgia in 2013. When a driver is found responsible for another person’s death, the driver may be convicted of homicide by vehicle for which the sentence is between three and 15 years in jail for a first offense.
Traffic violations can have long-term impacts. Call an experienced defense firm to keep your record clean
At Stepp Law, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, we have been helping Georgians fight traffic violations and other charges since 1995. Our team knows Georgia law and how it can impact your future and we work hard to fight for justice on your behalf. We understand how important it is to have a driver’s license in Gwinnett County where public transportation is limited. Contact us at 678-987-8490 to set up a free initial phone consultation.