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Traffic Violations

Lawrenceville Traffic Violations Lawyer

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It is not uncommon to think of traffic violations as no big deal. People think of speeding tickets or related violations as relatively minor in importance compared to homicide or drug charges, for example. However, traffic violations can be quite serious in their own right, and even simple speeding and parking tickets can result in the loss of your driving privileges if there are multiple offenses.

It is important to fight traffic violations aggressively. Attorney Stacy Levy is a compassionate advocate with nearly 30 years of legal experience defending clients in Lawrenceville and throughout Georgia. She has built strong relationships within the local legal community and will help you fight your charges to protect your driving privileges and avoid harsh fines and prison sentences.

Schedule a free initial consultation with Stacy Levy Law online or at (770) 545-6955 to learn more.

Speeding

One of the simplest and most common traffic violations is driving above a posted speed limit. Most speeding violations are misdemeanors in Georgia punishable by up to $1,000 in fines and/or up to 12 months in jail (though jail time is rare). The specific cost of a speeding ticket depends on where the violation occurred, the amount by which the motorist exceeded the speed limit, and the motorist's driving record. Generally, the maximum fines for a first speeding violation are:

  • $0 for exceeding the limit by 5 mph or less
  • $25 for exceeding the limit by 5-10 mph
  • $100 for exceeding the limit by 10-14 mph
  • $125 for exceeding the limit by 14-19 mph
  • $150 for exceeding the limit by 19-24 mph
  • $500 for exceeding the limit by 24-34 mph

Speeding violations in highway work zones are misdemeanors of a "high and aggravated nature” and carry $100-$2,000 in fines and/or up to 12 months in jail. Anyone caught going at least 85 mph (or 75 mph on a two-lane roadway) will incur a "super speeder" fee of $200 in addition to the underlying fine and other fees. Judges may also order motorists to complete a defensive driving course in addition to or in lieu of fines.

Also note that a speeding ticket for driving at least 15 mph over the limit will add 2-6 demerit points to the motorist's driving record. Fighting a ticket, however, may help a driver avoid all these consequences of a conviction. Consult Stacy Levy Law for your legal options in your situation.

Vehicular Homicide

In serious cases when speeding results in the death of another person, the driver may be charged with vehicular homicide. Vehicular homicide may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, based on the circumstances. Felony vehicular homicide is typically punishable by 3-15 years in prison and a 3-year license suspension, and misdemeanor vehicular homicide warrants up to 1 year in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines, as well as 12 months of license suspension. A person convicted of vehicular homicide of any degree may also face a civil suit requiring them to pay damages for pain and suffering or loss of company to the victim's family. 

Driving Under the Influence

Another important traffic violation our firm handles is driving under the influence (DUI) offenses. Recall that it is illegal to drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle while:

  • with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or greater (.04% or more for commercial drivers and .02% or more for drivers under 21 years old);
  • "under the influence" of any alcohol, drug, or controlled substance; or
  • with any amount of marijuana or illegal drugs in the motorist’s blood or urine.

The penalties for DUI will depend on whether the defendant has previous convictions within the past 10 years:

  • 1st offense – minimum of 10 days in jail; $300-$1,000 in fines; minimum of 20 hours of community service
  • 2nd offense – minimum of 90 days in jail; $600-$1,000 in fines; minimum of 30 days of community service
  • 3rd offense – minimum of 120 days in jail; $1,000-$5,000 in fines; minimum of 30 days of community services

All convicted drivers must also complete an alcohol and drug clinical evaluation. Further penalties, such as license plate forfeiture, may be ordered for multiple convictions within 5 years. A driver may also face a period of license suspension based on the number of convictions incurred within the last 5 years – 12 months for a first offense, 3 years for a second offense, permanent revocation for a third offense, and 3 years for an injury or death DUI.

Additionally, Georgia also implements an “implied consent” law like many states, which presumes that drivers have impliedly consented to an alcohol or drug test if they have been lawfully arrested for a DUI. Refusal to submit to a test may result in a 1-year suspension for a first offense, 3-year suspension for a second offense (within 5 years), and a 5-year suspension for a third refusal.

If you are facing any kind of traffic accusation, from speeding to DUI, do not wait to take legal action. Traffic violations can build up and cause you unnecessary stress and possible penalties that you do not need. Fight back aggressively with an experienced attorney on your side.

Call Stacy Levy Law at (770) 545-6955 or contact the firm online for a free consultation to get started.

  • “She is very genuine and really cares about her clients. She fights hard in the courts and does everything she can to not only help her clients individually but also the affected family members as well.” - Therese
  • “Stacy is also down-to-earth and very responsive. Stacy is someone whom I would not hesitate to refer to.” - Éamonn
  • “Stacy Levy has to be one of the best lawyers I have hired in Gwinnett county hands down, she communicated very well, conducted business in a professional manner as always. Made me feel like I can come to her with anything, she has us in court no later” - Jasmine