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Traffic Ticket News

  • 20.04.12

    The Georgia Department of Driver Service is the administrative agency that issues (and acts to suspend) a driver's license in Georgia.  If you are convicted of any of the following charges (in or outside of Georgia), your driver's license will be suspended:

    1. Homicide by vehicle.

    2. A conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

    3. Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used.

    4. Using a motor vehicle in fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.

    5. Fraudulent or fictitious use of, or application for a license.

    6. Hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident.

    7. Racing.

    8. If you refuse to take a chemical test for intoxication, then your license will be suspended for 12 months through the administrative license suspension process.

    9. Operating a motor vehicle with a revoked, canceled, or suspended registration in violation of OCGA 40-6-15.

    10. Conviction for driving without insurance is a 60/90-day suspension.

    11. If convicted for driving while license is suspended, revoked or canceled, your driver's license will be further suspended for six months.

    12. If you fail to appear in court or respond to a citation, your license may be suspended indefinitely.

    13. Your driver's license will be suspended if you are convicted of possession, distribution, manufacture, cultivation, sale or transfer of a controlled substance or marijuana.

    14. The Department is authorized to suspend your license if its records or other evidence shows that you have accumulated 15 points within 24 months under the point system, including violations committed out of state.

  • 26.03.12
    In addition to any other fines or penalties imposed by the Court, the Georgia Department of Driver Services will impose a fee of $200.00 on any driver convicted of speeding of 85 miles per hour or more on any road or highway or 75 miles per hour or more on any two-lane road or highway. Once convicted of one of these offenses, the driver is classified as a "super speeder" in Georgia.
  • 03.04.09
    Our Georgia speeding ticket lawyers are experienced in helping people charged with speeding in high intensity traffic enforcement areas. There are several jurisdictions throughout Georgia that are known for writing countless speeding citations. If you have been cited for speeding in Tift County, Monroe County, Atlanta,  Port Wentworth, or any other jurisdiction throughout the State of Georgia, do not hesitate to contact our office.
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Our Georgia traffic ticket attorneys have significant experience in handling traffic tickets for commercial drivers who are cited with a Georgia speeding ticket or Georgia traffic ticket.  A commercial driver's CDL will be suspended for a wide variety of Georgia traffic ticket convictions including moving violations and non moving violations such as speeding, expired license and driving while out of service.

Georgia traffic law provides that a commercial driver's license will be suspended if convicted of two "serious traffic violations" within a three-year period as measured from the dates the commercial driver received the tickets. Many other states have the same or a similar traffic ticket law as its relates to commercial drivers.

Under Georgia traffic ticket law a "serious traffic violation" includes speeding 15 or more miles per hour above the posted speed limit, reckless driving, following too closely, improper or erratic lane change, and failure to signal a lane changes as well as many other Georgia traffic ticket offenses.

Georgia traffic law also states that a commercial driver's license will be suspended if convicted of a "major offense".  A "major offense" includes but is not limited to DUI, hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report striking an unattended vehicle, failure to report striking a fixed object, failure to report an accident, driving a commercial motor vehicle while the person's commercial driver's license or commercial driving privilege is revoked, racing, fleeing or attempting to elude, operating a motor vehicle with a revoked registration as well various other Georgia traffic ticket offenses.

Georgia traffic law also provides that a "serious traffic violation" or "major offense" occurs for a commercial driver with a CDL whether the CDL driver receives a conviction for a Georgia traffic ticket in a commercial vehicle or a non-commercial vehicle.

Many commercial drivers and even some Georgia traffic ticket attorneys believe that a plea of no contest which is also known as nolo contendere for a Georgia speeding ticket or Georgia traffic ticket will save a CDL license from being suspended if the Georgia traffic ticket offense qualifies as a "major offense" or "serious traffic violation" under Georgia traffic ticket law.  This is WRONG!   Georgia traffic ticket law does NOT distinguish between whether an offense occurs within a commercial vehicle or non-commercial vehicle for a CDL.

If you have a CDL and receive a speeding ticket or traffic ticket in Georgia you should have an experienced and competent Georgia traffic ticket attorney review your case before your court date.  Our Georgia traffic ticket lawyers can let you know if your CDL is exposed to being suspended.  More importantly, we can most times resolve your Georgia CDL traffic ticket case so that (1) you do NOT have to go to court and (2) your CDL is NOT suspended!!  Our goal for commercial drivers is always to secure a reduction for your Georgia traffic ticket so that the ticket is NOT reported to your DMV without your having to go to the Georgia traffic ticket court!

Some times a commercial driver will pay his Georgia speeding ticket or Georgia traffic ticket through the mail or over the telephone with a Georgia traffic ticket court and then receives notice from their DMV by mail that their commercial drivers license is suspended due to the Georgia traffic ticket conviction. Our Georgia traffic attorneys are very experienced with Georgia traffic law for commercial drivers and can some times secure reinstatement of your CDL by filing certain motions to reopen your Georgia traffic ticket case.  Please be aware that this is a complex legal matter to handle and some Georgia traffic ticket courts will not permit you to reopen your Georgia traffic ticket case so you should make every effort to resolve your Georgia traffic ticket case correctly the first go around.

For all of these reasons, it is absolutely necessary to have an experienced Georgia traffic ticket attorney review your citation to determine if your CDL is subject to being suspended for a Georgia speeding ticket or Georgia traffic ticket. Georgia traffic ticket lawyer Sean J. McIlhinney is focused on handling your Georgia traffic ticket case and is able to give you a complete evaluation and fee quote once he knows the court, specific charge and your driving history.

Our Georgia traffic ticket lawyers have a tremendous command of Georgia traffic ticket laws and excellent relationships with the many Georgia traffic courts that we practice in. As such, our Georgia traffic lawyers are often times able to negotiate a reduction to a very low speed or non reportable offense to save our client's CDL! And if we are not able to negotiate a license savings deal, our Georgia traffic lawyers have the knowledge and trial experience to challenge the case at trial. In fact, founding partner Sean J. McIlhinney was recognized in 2009 in 2 different surveys of attorneys and judges alike throughout the State of Georgia by Georgia Trend magazine and Atlanta magazine as a "Super Lawyer" for his Georgia traffic ticket and DUI work.

Please e-mail or call us today if you are a commercial driver and have a Georgia traffic citation in any Georgia traffic court OR your CDL has already been suspended due to a Georgia speeding ticket or Georgia traffic ticket conviction. We can normally help save your commercial drivers license without your having to go to court and will give you a free evaluation and fee quote!!