Posted by Jim Yeargan in Atlanta DUI Law on April 18, 2015
Is A Speeding Ticket A Misdemeanor In Georgia?
Yes. A Speeding Ticket is a misdemeanor in Georgia. This means someone may receive a fine of up to $1,000, and 12 months in jail for a speeding ticket in Georgia. While this is rare it is possible to go to jail for a speeding ticket.
Georgia’s Traffic Laws
Unlike most states, Georgia has a very unique traffic code. Almost all traffic violations in Georgia are misdemeanors. Speeding tickets, running a red light, running a stop sign, car accidents, and failing to turn your headlights on at night can all land you in jail for up to 12 months.
Georgia only has a handful of traffic violations that are not misdemeanors. These violations include Driving With An Expired Tag, Open Container, HOV Lane Violations, and Defective Equipment. These code sections may be found at the following links:
Defective Equipment charges vary by statute, but can include burned out lights, bald tires, a crack windshield, etc.
A Speeding Ticket 25 MPH Over The Limit Will Get You Arrested
This is a common misconception I hear often. A speeding ticket this fast will get you arrested; a speeding ticket this fast is Reckless Driving and will get you arrested. The truth is any speeding ticket in Georgia is a misdemeanor, and you can be arrested for any speeding violation regardless of the speed.
Again, it is not likely you will be arrested for a speeding ticket in Georgia, but it is certainly possible.
How Many Points Is A Speeding Ticket In Georgia?
The answer depends on how fast the speeding ticket is. To learn how many points a speeding ticket is in Georgia please visit my blog entry here.
Is A Speeding Ticket Always A Misdemeanor In Georgia?
Yes. No matter what the speed is a speeding ticket is always a misdemeanor in Georgia. Remember, it is not likely you will go to jail for speeding.
What About A Super Speeder Speeding Ticket?
A Super Speeder speeding ticket is still a misdemeanor. Super Speeder is simply a designation the State of Georgia gives certain speeding offenses. Super Speeder is an additional financial penalty levied by the state. That is all a Super Speeder violation is. For more information on Super Speeder violations in Georgia please watch my short video here.