Posted by Jim Yeargan in Jim's Blog on May 7, 2018
In Georgia, getting a speeding ticket is much more than a minor inconvenience. Not only does receiving a speeding ticket mean that you will have to pay a steep fine or attend traffic court, it could also affect your ability to retain your driver’s license or maintain car insurance coverage. Once you have received more than one speeding ticket in Georgia, you will start accumulating points that could lead to a driver’s license suspension or raise your motor vehicle insurance rate. You will also receive a fine that Georgia lawmakers are currently thinking of increasing. Instead of paying your speeding ticket and accepting the points on your license, it might be in your best interest to fight the citation. Knowing how to fight a speeding ticket can help you avoid insurance rate increases and high fines.
The first step to fighting a speeding ticket actually occurs when you are first pulled over. When the officer stops you to issue the citation, other than asking what method is used to determine your vehicle’s speed, do not say anything. Getting too chatty could lead to you accidently admitting guilt or make you stand out to the officer. It is best to try and blend in and not do anything that will make the officer remember you or your specific traffic stop.
Record every single thing you can about your traffic stop. The day, time, location, weather conditions, and anything that may have impacted the driving. If possible, take pictures of damaged or obscured speed limit signs or document anything in the immediate area that could have affected your knowledge of the speed limit or made it difficult for you to speed in that specific area. Anything you document can be used to build an argument in the future.
Do Not Pay Online
Paying your ticket online is usually what people do when they get a speeding ticket. While paying the ticket is the fastest way to put the incident behind you, doing so means that you accept the fact that you were guilty of speeding. If you pay multiple tickets without attempting to fight them, things could get complicated in the future when you need to fight a super speeder or other extremely expensive traffic citation. Waiting to pay is a crucial part of fighting your speeding ticket.
Contact a Lawyer
Talking to a lawyer will help you decide if you can win your battle against a speeding ticket. A qualified traffic offense attorney can review the details surrounding your citation, your past driving history, and any other important factors during an initial consultation. The attorney can then let you know if fighting or negotiating in court is in your best interest. If you have received a traffic citation that you want to fight, contact the attorneys at Yeargan & Kert, LLC. We are standing by to provide you with the legal advice and representation that you deserve. Call our office today to schedule an appointment so that we can begin discussing your unique needs.