WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TRAFFIC TICKETS
YOU CAN LOSE YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE
Simply paying a traffic summons does not end the matter because the DMV puts POINTS on your license for most traffic infractions. Just two or three summonses on your record can total up to enough points for you to lose your license. In some cases even ONE violation can cause you to lose your license!
In addition to paying any fines, penalties and surcharges authorized by law, new legislation states that you may be required to pay a "Driver Responsibility Assessment" for certain violations that occur on or after Nov. 18, 2004, that result in a conviction or administrative finding. Your learner permit, drivers license or driving privileges will be suspended if you do not pay the assessment.
The assessment is paid annually for 3 years and includes:
$250 a year for drug and alcohol driving offenses (including chemical test refusals). $100 a year for offenses totaling 6 points during an 18 month period, plus $25 for each extra point accrued during that driving period.
YOUR INSURANCE MAY GO UP!
The insurance law permits companies to impose increases upon people who are convicted of traffic violations. An insurance company could increase your premiums up to an additional 50%. One traffic violation can cost you thousands of dollars in insurance costs! This insurance increases can stay with you for more than three years after you pay the ticket!
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
Just because you were issued a ticket does not mean that you are automatically guilty. You are entitled to plead not guilty and to have your day in court. Keep in mind that good preparation is essential to a successful outcome. Taking photographs, contacting witnesses and creating diagrams will help you to convincingly present your side of the story. You may also consider hiring counsel to aid you in the presenting of your defense.
HOW CAN AN ATTORNEY HELP?
Traffic court is very much like any other legal proceeding. Law is unfamiliar territory to most people. This makes it difficult for many to be able to make an effective presentation. When you fight your ticket, you are likely to face a police officer who has been to traffic court before and knows how to present his case well. Being represented by an attorney can increase your chances of winning your case. An attorney familiar with the court rules can help to present your case in a more logical and persuasive fashion.
Driving While Intoxicated - DWI - DWAI
Drunk Driving is a serious charge. A Driving While Intoxicated charge can be a violation (DWAI "impaired'), a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the circumstances and your driving record. You may be required to attend and complete drug and alcohol evaluation and treatment before you can drive again.
The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation.
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