Under California’s Vehicle Code 22350, speeding is defined as driving on a highway at a speed that is not reasonable for the present road conditions, traffic, weather, visibility, or at any speed that is a danger to the safety of others. You can also be cited for driving faster than the posted limit. Unfortunately, this basic law can make tickets a subjective issue based on the discretion of police officers.
If you have been cited for speeding in Los Angeles County and want to fight back, we urge you to get in touch with our Newport Beach speeding ticket defense attorney at RPM Law. We have devoted the majority of our practice to traffic ticket defense. We understand the frustration you may be experiencing after being pulled over for a speeding ticket, asking politely for a warning, and ending up with a ticket that will put points on your record and cost you in fines and increased insurance premiums. We know how to fight back on your behalf by leveling the playing field in court.
The Consequences of Speeding Tickets
If you are cited for a speeding ticket, you have three choices. You can pay the fine, which amounts to pleading guilty; go to traffic school to avoid having points put on your DMV record; or take your case to court to be heard before a judge.
The penalties you face for a speeding ticket will depend on the circumstances, such as whether it was a violation of the basic speed law or whether you drove at excessive speeds, such as 100 mph or higher.
Examples of points added to your record for speeding includes:
- One point for exceeding the posted limit
- One point for speeding more than 70 mph on a freeway
- Two points for speeding over 100 mph
Fines for speeding can range from $35 up to more than $500 along with court costs and assessments. If you ignore your speeding ticket, you can be charged with failing to appear, which is a misdemeanor. Furthermore, if you accumulate more than 4 points on your DMV record within 12 months, you could have your license suspended as a negligent driver.
How To Get A Speeding Ticket Dismissed In Georgia
In Georgia, getting a speeding ticket dismissed typically involves taking certain steps, which may vary depending on the circumstances of your case. Here are some general strategies that may help you get a speeding ticket dismissed in Georgia:
- Request a Court Date: When you receive a speeding ticket in Georgia, you have the option to contest it in court. You can request a court date and appear before a judge to present your case.
- Gather Evidence: Collect any evidence that supports your defense. This could include photographs, witness statements, or documentation that demonstrates your innocence or mitigating circumstances.
- Understand the Law: Familiarize yourself with Georgia's traffic laws, particularly those related to speeding. Understanding the specific statute you are accused of violating can help you build a stronger defense.
- Consider a Plea Bargain: In some cases, you may be able to negotiate with the prosecutor for a plea bargain. This could involve pleading guilty to a lesser offense in exchange for having the speeding ticket dismissed or reduced.
- Hire an Attorney: If you're facing a complex case or are unfamiliar with the legal process, consider hiring a traffic attorney who specializes in Georgia law. They can provide personalized advice and represent you in court.
- Attend Court Prepared: If you decide to contest the ticket in court, make sure to arrive on time and dress appropriately. Present your case clearly and respectfully to the judge.
- Follow Court Procedures: Adhere to all court procedures and deadlines. Failure to do so could result in your case being dismissed or a judgment being entered against you.
It's important to note that the effectiveness of these strategies can vary depending on the specific circumstances of your case and the discretion of the judge. Consulting with a legal professional who is familiar with Georgia's traffic laws can provide you with personalized advice tailored to your situation.
How can I Remove Points From My Driving Record in California?
To remove points from your driving record in California you must complete traffic school. If the ticket was from a DUI, committed on a commercial vehicle during work, misdemeanor traffic school will not remove those points from your driving record. When choosing which traffic school to go to make sure you choose one that is DMV-approved.
How Long Does a Speeding Ticket Stay on My Record in California?
A speeding ticket that will add 1 point to your driving record will stay on your record for 39 months in California. Points from serious violations such as DUI or hit and runs will stay on your record for at least 10 years.
Can You Go to Jail for a Speeding Ticket in California?
A speeding ticket can lead to a "reckless driving" conviction. This conviction, can lead up to 90 days in jail and/or $145 to $1,000 in fines. And if a speeding violation results in the death of another person, vehicular manslaughter or homicide charges are a possibility.
Let RPM Law Help
Our firm has helped thousands of drivers just like you fight speeding tickets and other traffic violations. We are deeply familiar with the traffic court system in Los Angeles County and are known for our professionalism and highly personalized service. Let us use our experience and skills to fight for you.
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