Getting a traffic ticket in Atlanta, Georgia may seem like a minor annoyance. However, you should not ignore a traffic citation. When you receive a speeding ticket or another citation, you will have a few options. Entering a guilty plea to a traffic ticket by paying the ticket outright may result in points against your driving record and higher insurance rates. If you accumulate too many points, your license could be suspended. In many cases, it makes sense for people to fight their traffic tickets to secure a plea to a traffic offense with fewer or no points. The Hawkins Spizman Fortas traffic ticket attorneys provide experienced representation to people who have received traffic tickets throughout the Atlanta Metro area. We can work to secure a favorable outcome that avoids the accumulation of points and protects your valuable driving privileges. Call our Atlanta traffic lawyers today for a FREE Traffic Ticket consultation, 24/7!
Hawkins Spizman Fortas will work to resolve your traffic ticket, speeding ticket, DUI, reckless driving, school bus, red light violation or other moving traffic violation in Atlanta Municipal Traffic Court, we appear on your behalf in court without you whenever possible. Call or submit your Atlanta traffic ticket information online 24/7 for a free ticket consultation. Don’t let a traffic or speeding ticket ruin your perfect driving record, contact Hawkins Spizman Fortas for your free traffic ticket consultation.
In Georgia, points are assessed against the driving records of people after each conviction of a traffic violation under O.C.G.A. § 40-5-57. Different traffic convictions result in points according to the severity of the traffic offense. The points range from two to six points. If you accumulate 15 or more points in two years, your license will be suspended. Some of the offenses that can result in points under state law include the following:
- Aggressive driving – 6 points
- Passing a stopped school bus – 6 points
- Speeding by 34 miles per hour or more above the speed limit – 6 points
- Speeding from 24 to less than 34 miles per hour above the speed limit – 4 points
- Speeding from 19 to less than 24 miles per hour above the speed limit – 3 points
- Passing on a hill or curve – 4 points
- Texting while driving – 1 point
- Using a handheld phone while driving – 1 point
There are many other traffic violations under state law that carry points and fines. Atlanta also has a variety of traffic violation fines which usually can be found online via a search of their website.
Some traffic offenses may result in an immediate suspension of your license. For example, if you are arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, you will face both a criminal case in the court and administrative action against your license through the Georgia Department of Driver Services. After you receive a ticket for a DUI, you will only have 30 days to appeal the suspension of your license. Your license can be suspended for up to one year for a first-offense DUI charge.
No matter what type of traffic offense you are accused of committing, consulting with the Atlanta traffic ticket defense lawyers at Hawkins Spizman Fortas is a good idea. Our attorneys offer free traffic ticket consultations and affordable legal representation. Instead of simply paying your ticket, accumulating points, and paying higher insurance costs, it makes sense to get help from our traffic ticket attorneys Atlanta GA.
Types of traffic offenses handled by our traffic ticket attorneys Atlanta GA
The Hawkins Spizman Fortas Atlanta traffic ticket attorneys defend our clients against all types of traffic citations. Some examples of some of the types of traffic offenses that we handle include the following:
- CDL violations
- Drag racing
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Driving with a suspended license
- Driving without insurance
- Expired tags
- Failure to appear
- Following too closely
- Georgia super-speeder tickets
- HOV lane violations
- Illegal traffic stops
- Improper lane changes
- License suspensions
- Move over law violations
- No registration
- Reckless driving
- Running red lights or stop signs
- School bus violations
- Speeding in work or construction zones
- Speeding tickets
- Under 21 license suspensions
We also handle many other types of traffic violations and can help you to understand your options after you have received a traffic citation.
Your options after receiving an Atlanta traffic ticket
When you receive a traffic ticket, you have options. You can pay the ticket or appear in court to fight against it. If you pay your ticket online, it will be considered to be an admission of guilt. Any points that are associated with the traffic violation will be added to your driving record by the Department of Driver Services, these will report back to your home state as well if your license is from outside of Georgia. While it is possible to plead no lo contendere, the effects of doing so are that the violation will still appear on your driving record even though the points will go away.
If you do not pay your ticket before the court date that is listed on your ticket, you or an attorney must attend the court date. Missing your court appearance can result in the judge issuing a bench warrant for failing to appear (FTA). If you choose to fight your ticket, you will have a much better chance of winning if you have an experienced Atlanta speeding ticket lawyer to represent you. If you have a Failure to Appear (FTA) in City of Atlanta Municipal Court you will need to be out of FTA status before you can move forward . Depending upon how old the ticket/citation is, it may be possible to do this before your driver’s license is suspended. For a Failure to Appear in Atlanta it is important you find out exactly how to proceed to protect your license and record. Hawkins Spizman Fortas can help you determine what your options are at this point so that you can get the FTA lifted and then potentially get the citation and points reduced. Call now for a free consultation or complete our quick website form.
An Atlanta speeding ticket lawyer can negotiate with the prosecutor to secure an agreement for a lesser traffic offense with fewer points. If there were issues with how the stop was conducted, an attorney might be able to secure the dismissal of the ticket against you.
Atlanta also has a pretrial intervention program. If you are found to be eligible to participate in this program and are accepted you can work with the court. You will have to pay a fee to participate in the program, but it is generally less than most fines. Our Atlanta attorneys can help you to understand the different options that are available to you and help you to resolve your ticket more favorably.
When confronted with the decision to choose the right lawyer to help you fight your ticket, consider the experience and success rate our lawyers have in achieving a positive result for clients. We have helped fix thousands of tickets since 2007 and have many satisfied clients and client reviews to support that result.
We can help if you receive a speeding ticket or other moving violation in most Atlanta suburbs and surrounding communities – Atlantic Station, Brookhaven, Buckhead, Chamblee, Druid Hills, Dunwoody, Decatur, East Atlanta, Emory, Grant Park, Inman Park, Little Five Points, Marietta, Midtown, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Sweet Auburn, Vinings and Virginia Highland.
We handle traffic violations/citations in all traffic courts in Atlanta including the Municipal Court of Atlanta, State Court of Fulton County, Fulton County Juvenile Court, State Court of Cobb County, Gwinnett County Municipal Court, DeKalb County Recorders Court, DeKalb State Court, Douglas County Traffic Court and all other courts for Atlanta traffic tickets.
If you need legal representation in Atlanta’s traffic courts, call us today at 404-933-1153 for a free consultation.