Going to court can be an overwhelming experience. And if you don’t understand the process or possible outcomes, the situation can be even more stressful. You should be aware that consequences can be severe, even for what you might consider a minor traffic offense.
Penalties depend on multiple factors, including your age, driving history, and the severity of the offense. Possible traffic violations that might land you in Cobb County State Court include:
- Speeding tickets
- Following too closely
- Passing a school bus
- Driving without a license
- Failure to appear (FTA)
- Red light/moving violation
- Aggressive driving
- Reckless driving
- Hit and run
Any of these offenses could result in significant fines, increased insurance rates, license suspension, and even jail time.
Consequences could be especially harsh for drivers under the age of 21. Those in this category are more likely to have their license suspended. Even worse, it usually doesn’t occur in court, but rather it happens several weeks later.
Any of the following offenses can trigger an automatic suspension for drivers under the age of 21:
- Hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident
- Racing on highways or streets
- Using a motor vehicle to flee or elude an officer
- Reckless driving
Furthermore, while the court staff and prosecutors might share relevant information, they often don’t have the time to discuss your options at length. So it’s not wise to rely on them to help you make a decision that’s in your best interest. You can avoid making hasty decisions by researching the process before you show up to Cobb County State Court for a traffic violation.
Is a NOLO Plea The Right Option for My Traffic Violation?
Understanding your plea options before you arrive at court is also a smart decision on your part. Because making an uninformed decision could result in harsher consequences.
For example, many drivers learn about the possibility of pleading “nolo,” or “no contest” once they arrive in court. When a driver takes this plea, they agree to the punishment without accepting or denying responsibility.
Nolo sounds like a great alternative to a guilty plea. And it has the added appeal of keeping points off your driving record – which leads many drivers to believe it will help keep their insurance rates down. However, the conviction is still on your driving record and visible to insurance companies, so a nolo plea will not help you avoid higher insurance costs.
There are plenty of situations where a nolo can be very valuable – for instance, many times a nolo plea will prevent an automatic suspension. Make sure you are clear on if and how a nolo will be valuable in your case before moving forward with the plea.
Why Should I Hire An Attorney for a Traffic Violation?
It is possible to resolve your traffic ticket without a lawyer, and many drivers take that route. But having a legal representative who understands the ins and outs of a traffic violation at Cobb County State Court can be extremely valuable.
Not only can a lawyer guide you through the process, but they can provide a thorough explanation of your options and possible outcomes.
If you have questions, schedule a free consultation to speak to an attorney today.