Speeding – Don’t Just Pay It! When you pay the ticket, you plead guilty and your insurance company is notified. Moving violations have a hidden cost: HIGHER INSURANCE PREMIUMS FOR THREE YEARS. Speeding tickets carry points that are assessed on your Department of Motor Vehicles Record—the higher the speed then the higher the points. Reported tickets NEVER DROP OFF YOUR RECORD. Let us get your ticket reduced to a zero-point, non-reporting offense. It’s easy and it’s not expensive! We go to Court for you and get your ticket reduced! One call and we take care of everything else. Call us at (770) 795-7751.
10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Georgia Speeding Laws:
- Radar Guns must be tested Daily
- Police can only use State Approved Speed Detection Equipment
- Radar Guns must each have a certificate of inspection and calibration
- Radar Operators must have a license
- Tickets can’t be issued if the road grade is 8% or more
- Tickets can’t be issued if the radar operator isn’t clearly visible from 500 feet
- Tickets can’t be issued within 300 feet of a speed reduction inside city limits and 600 feet outside city limits
- Municipalities and Counties must apply for a FCC radio frequency license to use radar
- The radar device operator must be present in court for trial
- Laser devices shoot a small beam of light the size of a pinhead (think accuracy)
Super Speeder Fines: Watch Out! Georgia Super Speeder Law increases the fines by $200.00 for any ticket where your speed is 85 miles per hour on an interstate or 75 miles per hour on any 2-lane road. The prosecutor won’t tell you and there is no warning from the court or police department handling the ticket, but shortly after you plead guilty, you’ll get a bill in the mail for $200.00. Failure to pay gets you a suspended license. Let us go to court for you. We’ll get the ticket reduced so you won’t have to pay the Super Speeder Fine.
Hit and Run is sometimes referred to as “Duty of A Driver.” Hit and Run is actually three different laws: leaving the scene after striking an occupied vehicle, leaving the scene after striking an unoccupied vehicle and leaving the scene after striking a fixed object. This is a serious traffic offense that can result in arrest, license suspension and habitual violator status. It can also be charged as a felony offense if a person is injured. Call a lawyer immediately, if you believe you may be a suspect or you believe that you might be arrested for Hit and Run. Most often, the only evidence used to obtain a conviction is a person’s own statements.
Habitual Violator – It is a felony if you drive without a license after being certified a Habitual Violator. It is also a felony if you are charged with DUI while being on a habitual violator probationary permit. The first defense to Habitual Violator charges is to attack the certification and notice requirements of Habitual Violator status. Many people do not realize that they can object to and contest an attempt to be certified as a Habitual Offender. The Habitual Violator statute is extensive and complex. Check out our blog to view a defense motion based upon invalid certification.
Suspended License / Suspended Registration /No Insurance – Suspended license or registration and No insurance is a serious offense. You will be arrested and forced to post bond. These offenses carry additional license suspension and a jail sentence. Our goal is to get your charge dismissed and your license reinstated. We have represented hundreds of people charged with license and insurance violations and we’ll get you out of the suspension circle and get you legal to drive!
Move Over Law. The new Georgia Move Over Law is based on good intentions (protecting police officers), but it has resulted in thousands of illegal charges and prosecutions. The law requires motorists approaching a police vehicle on the side of the road to move over to the next lane or to reduce speed. But the law also says that motorists should do so only if it is reasonably safe to do so. The Semrau Law Firm has NEVER lost a “move over” case. We have found that police officers write tickets when a motorist doesn’t move over to the next lane, giving no consideration for whether moving over was a safe choice or whether a motorist slowed down to pass.
Improperly Passing a School Bus is a six point ticket and requires a court appearance. Passing a stopped school bus is illegal, even if it is stopped on the opposite side of the roadway. Fines are very high and prosecutors often require community service. Most people don’t know that Georgia Law requires school buses to be equipped with an extensive series of lights and signs and that NO SCHOOLBUS IN THE METRO ATLANTA AREA IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW. Also, the School Bus law excludes stopping when it is not safe to stop and when there is a median dividing the roadway.
Aggressive Driving is a six point ticket and requires a mandatory court appearance. It is defined as “operating a motor vehicle with the intent to annoy, harass, molest, intimidate, injure, or obstruct another person.“ Persons convicted of this offense are usually placed on probation and required to complete a defensive driving and anger management courses and pay a high fine. A conviction for this offense often results in being dropped by your insurance provider. We work very hard to investigate and defend these charges. Often we find that the complaining party is actually the instigating party. Also, the only witness is usually the complaining driver. Police Officers often charge this offense improperly, because it’s not illegal to speak your mind to another driver—even to a police officer!
Reckless Driving is driving in a manner that places people or property at risk of harm. This is a four point ticket. Police Officers often charge this offense when they can’t think of any real driving violation to ticket. We have found that the allegation of “reckless driving” usually rests entirely upon the “opinion” of the police officer, and that isn’t enough to sustain a conviction.
Drivers Under 21 years of age face especially tough laws in Georgia. A single 4 point ticket will result in suspension of driving privileges. We always find a way to save the license. License reinstatement after suspension is expensive and unnecessary.
Moving Violation Tickets: Following too Close, Traffic Signal Violations, Improper Turn, Improper Stopping are all 3 point tickets. These offenses usually do not require a court appearance but paying the ticket will result in a lifetime record and higher insurance premiums. We fight minor traffic tickets every day with great results. Usually, the ticket is dismissed or reduced to an offense that won’t be reported to your insurance company or to the Department of Motor Vehicle—and you WON’T HAVE TO GO TO COURT!