Traffic Violation Lawyer Serving Georgia
According to the Encyclopedia of Everyday Law, “the first traffic ticket in the United States was allegedly given to a New York City cab driver on May 20, 1899, for going at the breakneck speed of 12 miles per hour.”
Today, we have a myriad of local, regional traffic laws that vary from state to state, and violations may cost you far more than a fine and court costs. Georgia uses a point system for violations of traffic laws. The points you accumulate not only affect your driving record and car insurance but may also cause you to lose your driver’s license and, depending on the circumstances, land you in jail.
Operation of motor vehicles on Georgia highways often leads to many violations of traffic laws. Speeding, moving violations, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), hit and run, vehicular manslaughter, driving without a license, and reckless operation are only a few instances.
Traffic violation convictions in Georgia in a combination of the following:
- Increased insurance rates
- Jail or prison sentence
- Suspension of driver’s license
- Vehicle confiscation
- Ignition lock device installation
- Alcohol abuse assessment & treatment
- Criminal record
- Job loss
- Community service
Speeding and other minor traffic offenses may result only in fines; however, in Georgia they are also criminal offenses. Repeat offenses carry the stiffest penalties, as do accidents that lead to death, and drunk driving charges such as driving under the influence (DUI).
At the Law Office of Paul Ghanouni, in Cherokee County, we regularly assist clients with a full range of traffic citations from DUI to speeding and moving violations, as well as charges filed in connection with traffic accidents and license suspensions.
When you are charged with a traffic violation in Georgia and your freedom to drive is curtailed, your job is in jeopardy, and you are facing potential jail time, call our law firm at 770-720-6336 to arrange an appointment and learn how we can help.
Georgia Traffic Violations Point Assessments
Georgia Code for traffic violations sets the assessed points for each driving offense as follows:
|Aggressive driving||6 points|
|Reckless driving||4 points|
|Unlawful passing of a school bus||6 points|
|Improper passing on a hill or a curve||4 points|
|Exceeding the speed limit by more than 14 miles per hour, but less than 19 miles per hour||2 points|
|Exceeding the speed limit by 19 miles per hour or more, but less than 24 miles per hour||3 points|
|Exceeding the speed limit by 24 miles per hour or more, but less than 34 miles per hour||4 points|
|Exceeding the speed limit by 34 miles per hour or more||6 points|
|Disobedience of any traffic-control device or traffic officer||3 points|
|Too fast for conditions||0 points|
|Possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage, while driving||2 points|
|Failure to adequately secure a load, except fresh farm produce, resulting in loss of such load onto the roadway, which results in an accident||2 points|
|Violation of child safety restraint requirements, first offense||1 point|
|Violation of child safety restraint requirements, second or subsequent offense||2 points|
|All other moving traffic violations which are not speed limit violations||3 points|
The Code also provides that the commissioner shall suspend the driver’s license of any person who has accumulated a violation point count of 15 or more points in any consecutive 24-month period. At the end of the period of suspension, the violation point count shall be reduced to zero points.
Under 21 Years of Age Suspension
In Georgia, the driver’s license of any person under 21 years of age convicted of any of the following offenses shall be SUSPENDED:
- Hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident in violation of Code Section 4-6-270
- Racing on highways or streets
- Using a motor vehicle in fleeing or attempting to elude an officer
- Reckless driving
- Any offense for which four or more points are assessable under subsection (c) of Code Section 40-5-57
- Unlawful passing of a school bus
- Improper passing on a hill or curve
- Exceeding the speed limit by 24 miles per hour or more
- Purchasing an alcoholic beverage
- Driving under the Influence
- Aggressive Driving, Code Section 40-6-397
- Misrepresenting age for purpose of illegally obtaining any alcoholic beverage (3-3-23 (a) (3))
- Misrepresenting identity or using false identification for purpose of purchasing or obtaining any alcoholic beverage (3-3-23 (a) (5)
- Accumulating a violation point count of four or more points within any 12-month period
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