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Do I Need a Traffic Attorney to Handle My Speeding Ticket?
Many speeding tickets can be successfully handled without an attorney. Depending on what your goal is, you may be able to work out a resolution by yourself. Many courts have excellent diversion programs that allow you to pay a fine and/or complete a driving course in exchange for the ticket being dismissed. In other courts, you may be able to enter a guilty plea to a non-reportable offense and simply pay a fine.
There are many ways to handle speeding tickets without an attorney, but you need to have the relevant information before you go to court on your own.
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Unfortunately, what frequently happens when you go to court without first consulting an attorney is that you look around and see that all the other people in court are pleading “nolo.” It sounds good, and someone may say it is a way to avoid points on your record. Because everyone is doing it, you follow their lead.
The problem is, nolo rarely affords you the protection you think it does.
First, the points schedule only applies if you are a Georgia license holder. In other words, despite the nolo, your home state may impose different consequences than Georgia.
Second, a nolo plea is still visible to your insurance company. As a result, your insurance rates may be affected despite the nolo plea.
Before going to court by yourself, call Attorney Erin Gerstenzang who is experienced in fighting speeding tickets in Fulton County for a consultation to find out whether you should consider legal representation when you go to traffic court.
If I Hire a Lawyer, Do I Still Need to Attend Court?
Often one of the benefits to hiring a lawyer is that they can go to court for you; you won’t need to take time off of work to be in court. This can depend on where you live, which court it is, and how early you reach out and hire an attorney.
Should I Pay My Ticket Online?
Generally speaking, it is probably not in your best interests to pay the ticket online. Many Georgia courts charge exceptionally high speeding fines (higher than what you would pay if you go to court) and you won’t be considered for a reduced charge if you simply plead guilty online.
When you talk to an attorney about your speeding ticket, ask about whether, given the type of Georgia traffic citation and your court assignment, it would benefit you to appear in court instead of paying in advance.
What is the Super Speeder Law? — O.C.G.A. -§40-6-189
The Georgia Super Speeder Law can be confusing as the penalty for a super speeder ticket is primarily an added financial burden. The courts, for the most part, treat tickets for speeding the same way they had prior to the new law. Now, however, if you are convicted of (1) traveling more than 85 MPH on any road; or (2) 75 MPH or more on any two-lane road, then you will be declared a “super speeder.”
The court will not automatically collect an additional fine, nor will it automatically impose an additional sentence simply because it qualifies as “Super Speeder.” The prosecutor may or may not let you know that your ticket qualifies as a "Super Speeder."
Rather, what will happen is that a few days or weeks after you enter a guilty plea, you will receive a $200.00 invoice from the Department of Driver Services (DDS). If you do not pay the fee within 90 days, your license will be suspended. Thereafter, you will have to pay an additional $50.00 reinstatement fee.
Be aware that entering a plea of nolo contendere will not avoid the imposition of the super speeder fee.