Most traffic offenses are “violations” as opposed to misdemeanors or felonies and do not carry jail time. In these cases, such as speeding, reckless driving and disregarding a traffic control device, the punishment generally consists of a fine and court costs and “points” on one’s license.
However, some traffic cases are more serious and can carry a much higher fine, license suspension or even jail time. Examples are no insurance, driving on a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident.
In addition to the above “moving” violations, there are a number of non-moving violations. These include defective equipment and driving with expired tags, an expired license or without a license on one’s person.
For obvious reasons, those charged with more serious traffic offenses need an attorney familiar with traffic court. However, even those charged with minor moving violations should consider hiring an attorney. Multiple moving violations will add up in terms of points and can lead to a license suspension. Moreover, a single moving violation can result in a drastic insurance premium increase.
John Harralson can help with all of your traffic court needs.