Traffic Offense Lawyer in Duluth
You may not consider a traffic violation as a criminal offense but, in Georgia, you can end up with criminal penalties from a minor error on the roads.
As harsh as this may seem, it’s important to seek legal assistance if you are charged with a traffic offense in Duluth. One driving error can leave you with a criminal record that shows up in background checks for the rest of your life unless you take active steps to challenge the ticket.
The experienced traffic offense lawyers at the Law Office of Adam D. Brown, LLC can evaluate your case and advise you on how to proceed.
Common Traffic Offenses
Traffic offenses are the most common type of criminal offense in Georgia. The offenses that we most frequently defend in the Duluth area include:
If you are caught for speeding in Duluth, you may face multiple penalties. As a misdemeanor offense, it is punishable by 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000, as well as the possible suspension of your driver’s license if you drive excessively over the speed limit. You will likely face increased insurance premiums for several years, too.
Super Speeder Ticket
Georgia’s “super speeder” law applies if you are caught driving at 75 mph or more on a two-lane road or at 85 mph or more on any road or highway in Duluth. In addition to the standard speeding fine, there will be an additional $200 super speeder fee to pay. Failure to pay this within 120 days will result in the suspension of your driver’s license or driving privileges.
Reckless driving is another offense that is generally treated as a misdemeanor criminal offense. It carries a possible penalty of up to 12 months in jail and fines of up to $1,000, as well as increased insurance premiums and the suspension of your license if you go over the Georgia Department of Driver Services point threshold.
Improper Lane Change
Changing lanes improperly is another driving offence that many people are surprised to learn is a criminal offence in Georgia. On a roadway with multiple lanes, you must stay in your lane unless it is safe to change lanes, or you could face a misdemeanor charge with a fine of up to $1,000, as well as up to 12 months in jail.
Hit and Run
Hit and run accidents can be serious. If you are fortunate and nobody was killed or injured, you may face a misdemeanor charge, a fine of up to $1,000, and potential jail time. However, if someone was seriously hurt or killed, you may be charged with a felony and could face a prison sentence of up to 15 years.
Following too Closely
In Georgia, following too closely
is a criminal offense and will be treated as a misdemeanor. If you rear-end the car in front of you, unless certain specific circumstances apply, it is likely that you failed to maintain a reasonable distance. For this, you could face up to a $1,000 fine and a jail term of up to 12 months.
Driving Without a License & Suspended License
If convicted of driving without a license, it is treated as if you were driving on a suspended license. This means that for a first offense you will face at least 2 days in jail plus the remainder of 12 months on probation, a minimum $500.00 fine, and a 6-month “hard” suspension of your driving privileges. A second or third conviction within 5 years is considered a “high and aggravated” misdemeanor and will increase the minimum punishment to 10 days in jail, and a minimum $1,000.00 fine. A fourth conviction is a felony, punishable by 1 to 5 years in prison, and a fine of $2,500.00 to $5,000.00. An experienced Georgia traffic attorney will be able to help you avoid the hefty penalties.
Operating without a license
In Georgia, penalties for driving on a revoked license may be even more severe than those for driving on a suspended license. It is typically charged as a misdemeanor crime, punishable by up to 12 months in jail and fines of up to $1,000.
If you are convicted of DUI for the first time in Duluth, your crime will be treated similarly to other misdemeanor offenses: up to 12 months in jail, fines of up to $1,000, and a 12-month license suspension. For second and subsequent offenses, you can expect harsher penalties.
Vehicular Homicide First Degree:
If death is caused after a hit and run, it is First Degree Vehicular Homicide and is punishable by 3-15 years in prison. Other traffic offenses + fatality that would result in a First Degree Vehicular Homicide charge are: overtaking and passing a school bus; reckless driving; DUI; fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, or hit and run.
Vehicular Homicide Second Degree
All other deaths resulting from misdemeanor traffic offenses (predicate offense) may be prosecuted as Vehicular Homicide in the Second Degree. Second Degree Vehicular Homicide is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail, and a $1,000.00 fine.
Why do you need a traffic offense lawyer?
Here in Georgia, there is no such thing as a “minor” traffic offense. We have some of the strictest penalties for disobeying the rules of the road.
As you have seen from the offenses detailed above, penalties are extremely severe and the consequences of a criminal record extend far beyond an initial fine.
Violations that might only lead to a fine and points on your license in other states can mean jail time in Georgia.
There is a real possibility of far-reaching consequences for a single misdemeanor if you simply agree to the ticket and try to work it out yourself. An experienced traffic offense lawyer can help you prepare an effective defense.
Strong defense strategies are almost always available, no matter how hopeless your situation seems. This applies whether you have been charged with something as serious as vehicular homicide or you are just caught speeding a few miles per hour over the limit.
A good traffic offense lawyer can protect your rights, your license, and your clean criminal record.
Contact the Law Office of Adam D. Brown, LLC Today
If you have been charged with any type of traffic violation in Duluth, our experienced traffic ticket lawyers at the Law Office of Adam D. Brown, LLC will explore every avenue to prevent you from being burdened with a criminal record for the rest of your life.
Our skilled team has an impressive track record of getting traffic tickets reduced or dismissed entirely.
After evaluating the details of your case, we will advise you of the best legal strategy and walk you through the process. Call (404) 418-6395 for a free and confidential initial consultation.