Moving violations in Georgia
Moving violations in Georgia are as common as they are everywhere else, but they can be more costly due to the state’s strict point system. If you accumulate too many points against your license within a specific period of time, your license may be suspended.
Here’s what you need to know about the most common moving violations and how to dispute a ticket for a traffic violation.
In Georgia, speeding isn’t simply defined by going over the posted speed limit. A police officer can pull you over for speeding if you were going faster than what would be considered “reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard for the actual and potential hazards then existing.”
Failure to Stop or Yield
This traffic violation is defined as failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign or to pause at a yield sign before entering the flow of traffic.
Driving without a License
Driving on a suspended or revoked license is illegal in Georgia. Unless you have a special permit that allows you to drive to and from work or rarely, other activities like frequent doctor’s appointments, driving at any time is against the law — even if you have a “good reason.”
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI)
Driving under the influence (DUI) is not only a crime, it’s also a traffic violation. If a police officer stops you for a DUI, you can expect to be arrested and be ticketed. Additionally, you may also receive tickets for other traffic violations you committed, such as speeding or reckless driving.
Reckless driving is also both a crime and a traffic infraction. Most often, reckless driving is an additional charge beyond speeding or driving while intoxicated. Usually, reckless driving tickets are not issued alone, making them even more problematic for your driving record.
Do You Need an Attorney to Fight a Traffic Ticket?
A lawyer isn’t necessary for you to dispute a traffic ticket, however, working with one is highly recommended. This is especially true if being found guilty of this traffic violation would assign enough points to your license to “tip the scale,” or cause you to have your license temporarily suspended.
If you were issued a traffic ticket in Atlanta, don’t simply pay it — this is akin to admitting guilt. Instead, contact the Kimbrel Law Firm for a consultation at (770) 349-9219.