Smyrna Traffic Violation Lawyer
Many of us have received traffic tickets at some point. Maybe you were speeding or you ran a red light. Perhaps you rolled through a stop sign or failed to yield. Or maybe it was something more serious, like driving without a license or insurance or drinking and driving.
With a traffic ticket, you have three options. You can pay the fine, contest the ticket, or just do nothing and ignore it. You definitely don’t want to ignore the ticket because you could lose your license or get arrested, so do you pay it or contest it?
Don’t pay the fine. Paying the fine is how the state of Georgia gets you to admit guilt. It may seem like the easy way out, but it’s an action that can affect your driver’s license, insurance rates, and more.
Smyrna traffic violation lawyer Andrew L. Schwartz, P.C. can help you understand what you should and should not do in these situations. Contact our office today to learn more.
What Happens if I Pay the Fine?
If you get a traffic ticket, you can pay the fine and accept the penalty. However, this means you are admitting guilt. Review the citation to learn more about your traffic violation and then decide if you want to pay the fine and accept the penalty, which will likely be points on your driving record.
After you pay the fine, you will be convicted of the violation. The court will forward notice of the conviction to the Georgia Department of Driver Services. Points may be placed on your driving record and the case will be closed.
What if I Contest the Ticket?
You have the right to fight the ticket. Review your ticket to confirm your traffic violation and court. Appear in court on your court date. If you miss your court date, your driver’s license will be suspended until the case is resolved.
If you decide to go to court, it’s best to hire a lawyer. A lawyer can defend you against the allegations you face and help you get the best outcome possible.
The judge will hear your plea and make a decision. You can plead guilty and pay the fine, plead not guilty and request a jury trial, or plead nolo contendere (“no contest”). If the court finds you guilty, the case will be closed and you may receive points on your driving record.
Contact Andrew L. Schwartz, P.C. Today
Even if you are a decent driver, you could get caught by police committing a traffic violation. The damage a ticket can do to your driving record can be more serious than you think.
Don’t pay your ticket. Instead, get help from Andrew L. Schwartz, P.C. We’ll advise you of the next steps so you can avoid serious consequences to your driver’s license. Schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Smyrna traffic violations lawyer today. Call our office at (678) 853-2500.