When you are caught speeding, you will generally be facing a civil infraction that has no jail time. However, in some situations, speeding can result in a misdemeanor or felony charge that could result in a jail sentence and stiff penalties. In any event, being accused of speeding will almost certainly add points to your license. This may correspond with a significant increase in your insurance premium which could last for 3-5 years. If you are not ready for any of these penalties, you may want to call a traffic lawyer.
Your License May Get Points
All states have their own driving laws; however, in the case of speeding, you can almost guarantee that every one of them will add points to your driver’s license if traffic court finds you guilty of speeding. They may stay on your record for a period of time, between one and five years, and the more severe the charge, the more points you will receive. For example, if you were caught driving 10 miles over the speed limit, you might be given two points; whereas, if you were caught driving 25 miles over the speed limit, you might be given 4-5 points. Once you have so many points within a period of time, the Secretary of State may send you a warning letter. Once you reach a certain number, usually 10-12, you may need to appear at a hearing where your license could be suspended.
Fines for Speeding
In addition to points being added to your drivers license, a speeding ticket may result in fines that could range from $90-$200 or more. If you do not respond to your ticket, you may be found guilty by default. Failure to pay this fine could then lead to the Secretary of State suspending your license. If you’re caught driving on a suspended license, you will face significant penalties.
Fight the Ticket or Pay?
If you choose to pay your ticket without fighting against it, you are admitting your guilt. As a traffic ticket lawyer might explain to you, you are entitled to contest any charge that is brought against you. You do not have to make a guilty plea. Even though the fines may be low, in the long run, a ticket can be costly to your driving privileges and work opportunities. For instance you will receive points on your license and a possible insurance increase by 15-60% for 2-5 years. The DMV may suspend your license, which will make travelling to work inconvenient, or revoke it, which will negatively impact your daily activities.
If you do choose to fight your ticket, you should only do so with the aid of a traffic ticket lawyer. A lawyer is best equipped to help you build defenses or poke holes in the officer’s story regarding whether you violated a traffic law. The Law Office of Mark T. Hurt is on your side.
Whether you are an in-state or out-of-state driver, if you have been ticketed for speeding and you would like to know how to avoid this inconvenience, you should call a traffic ticket lawyer to explore your options.