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Traffic Offense Citations in Georgia

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In the event that you are ticketed and fined for violating a traffic law, the consequences can have a major impact on your life. Your insurance will likely increase, your ability to drive may be restricted, and the repercussions could unexpectedly affect other aspects of your day-to-day life.

Common moving violations and traffic offenses in Georgia include:

  • Careless driving
  • Driving without insurance
  • Failure to yield
  • Hit and run
  • Reckless driving
  • Running a red light
  • Running a stop sign
  • Speeding

Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol is also considered a traffic offense. Anyone who has been charged with DUI is subject to a license suspension or revocation by the Department of Driver Services. DUI can also be more than just a minor traffic offense. You can face arrest on criminal charges if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is suspected or tested to be at 0.08% or higher.

What can you do if you are hit with a traffic offense charge? You can start by contacting our Hinesville traffic violation attorneys today.

Automatic License Plate Readers

Since 2004, the Georgia State Patrol has been using automatic license plate readers to capture thousands of license plates each day. While this technology has been used to look for stolen cars or vehicles connected to crimes, some law enforcement agencies are using license plate readers to target cars with expired tags or tax liens. These camera systems are always running and are able to unobtrusively capture images and compare license plate numbers with databases in a matter of seconds. Although law enforcement agencies claim they make every effort to protect the information they collect, many people are concerned about how their information is being stored and protected.

If you have been given a ticket or charged with a crime after your license plate was scanned by police, you should call (866) 580-3089 to schedule a free case evaluation.

How Do Traffic Offenses Affect Me?

"Bad driving habits" of Georgia drivers is tracked by the state's Department of Motor Vehicles though a point system. For every violation that winds up on your driving record either through an admission of guilt or a judge's verdict, you will gain anywhere between 2 to 4 points. Like golf, the goal is to have the least amount of points as possible, and the greater the infraction, the more points you will receive. For example, passing on a hill or curved road when it could be deemed dangerous will hit you with 4 points.

Once you have 15 or more points on your record within a two-year time frame, your license will be automatically suspended by the DMV. Keep in mind that Georgia State does not offer traffic school for individuals wishing to keep their ticket off their driving record. If you plead guilty to accusations, the citation will automatically be placed on your record and remain there for its full duration.

Can I Get My License Back After Suspension?

Due to the unique and arguable noncriminal activities that can add points to your driving record in Georgia, retrieving your license after a suspension based on point accrual is also unique. In many cases, you will not need to go to court. You can head to a Georgia DMV office to request its return, or even send a letter to the Georgia Department of Driver Services. This is normally only an option after the suspension has fully played out, but with an attorneys help, you could possible receive a hardship license in the meantime.

Keep Your Future Open with Our Help

If you are charged with a traffic offense, you have two options: pay the fine and plead guilty, or fight for your rights as a Georgia driver. At Balbo & Gregg, Attorneys at Law, PC, we can develop a plan that aims to effectively resolve your situation without leaving you wondering what is going on in your case. We work closely with our clients because although it is our job to defend them, it is still their lives that we are protecting.

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Protect your driving privilege with confidence. Call (866) 580-3089 today.

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