Atlanta Traffic Violations Attorney Helping Navigate the Legal System
Traffic violations, whether major or minor, can stay on your driving record for a long time and potentially affect your insurance rates, your credit score, and even your ability to get a driver’s license. Some more serious violations may even involve heavy fines or jail time. Whether you have received a major violation, possibly related to a car accident, or you have been accused of something minor, like neglecting to stop fully at a stop sign, it may be to your benefit to take legal action to protect your driving record.
An experienced traffic ticket lawyer from Sessoms Law Office, LLC can help you with a legal strategy to bring your traffic violation case to its best possible outcome. Call our Atlanta office today at 678-853-7402.
What Are the Possible Consequences of a Minor Traffic Violation?
In Georgia, all traffic violations are considered misdemeanors. Consequently, all traffic violations can have an impact, even minor ones. Moving violations such as speeding, failure to stop at a stoplight or stop sign, failure to yield when required are generally considered minor if there is no accident involved, but even these minor violations can have serious consequences.
Most insurance companies raise rates for these kinds of violations in certain circumstances. All misdemeanors in Georgia carry a penalty of 12 months in jail and a $1000.00 fine. Fines for traffic violations are treated like any other debt, and if you fail to pay in a timely manner, your credit score can be impacted. Even minor violations, when repeated, can add up to major consequences like the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license and the addition of points to your driver’s record.
What Are the Possible Consequences of a Serious Traffic Violation?
Major or serious traffic violations include things like hit-and-run, reckless or negligent driving, refusing to stop or fleeing law enforcement, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving with a suspended or revoked license, or causing an accident that results in someone’s injury or death. The consequences for these and other major violations can include hefty fines and possible jail time. While most traffic violations in Georgia are considered misdemeanors, serious violations can be raised to the level of felonies where there are aggravating factors involved in your case or if an individual has been arrested for this offense multiple times. All misdemeanor offenses will go on your criminal record as well as your driving record if you are convicted.
Other consequences of serious traffic violation convictions can include job loss if driving is required in your job or to get to and from work, family disruption if you are sent to jail, and financial ruin if you are required to pay compensatory damages to any victims of your violation. However, in certain circumstances, if this is your first offense for particular misdemeanor offenses the Attorneys at Sessoms Law Group can help you obtain a limited driving permit so you keep your job and continue to support your family.
What if I have a Commercial Driver’s License?
Commercial drivers are held to the highest standards in Georgia. While there is a point system that applies to non-commercial drivers, with more points being assigned to more serious offenses, for CDL drivers, the point system does not apply. Instead, Georgia assigns certain violations as “serious” offenses and other violations as “major” offenses. Serious violations include things like reckless driving, tailgating, speeding 15 MPH or more over the posted limit, improper lane changes, failure to signal, and using a cell phone or any wireless device while driving, including texting.
The consequences for serious violations include a 60-day suspension of the CDL license for a second offense or a 90-day suspension for a third. Major violations include such things as hit and run, driving under the influence (DUI), driving with a suspended license, fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement, and driving with a suspended registration. A single major violation can result in a one-year license suspension, and a second may cause a permanent, lifetime revocation. If you have been accused of a serious or major traffic violation as a CDL driver, your career is at stake.
Experienced traffic violation attorneys know what it takes to plan the most successful legal strategy possible in your case. Call Sessoms Law Group, LLC today at 678-853-7402 to get the professional help you need.
Is it Worth It to Hire a Traffic Violations Lawyer?
Even a minor traffic ticket can have big consequences. Your finances, your career, and your freedom can all be affected, depending on the severity or repeated nature of the violation. Accessing the knowledge and experience of a seasoned traffic violations lawyer to stand with you in traffic court can make a difference in your case and help protect your future.