Traffic offenses include a wide variety of conduct, from harmless lane changes to vehicular manslaughter. Violations are assigned “points” that remain on your driving record and should be taken seriously. Georgia criminal defense attorney David Schnipper has obtained dismissals or reduced charges for drivers across the state. He fights alleged traffic violations to keep your driving record clean.
Georgia Traffic Violations
Georgia law penalizes numerous traffic violations, including:
- Speeding and racing
- Reckless driving
- Improper passing
- Hit & Run
- Driving without a license
- Driving with a suspended license
- Failure to obey traffic signal and signs
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
Understanding Georgia Traffic Offenses
Speeding occurs when a motorist drives faster than is “reasonable or prudent” given current road conditions and hazards. The statutory speed limit is 70 mph on city highways; 65 on highways outside urban areas; 35 on unpaved roads; and 30 in residential areas. Georgia drivers accrue points depending on their speed above the posted limit and time between subsequent violations.
Reckless driving ranges from intentional to careless conduct. Aggressive driving or “road rage” is often intended to enrage, harass, or threaten another person. Careless conduct, while not intended to cause harm, may nevertheless endanger or injure others.
Improper passing refers to accelerating in order to overtake another vehicle or unlawfully passing in a restricted zone. Passing is prohibited at intersections, railroad crossings, near bridges or tunnels, on hills, curves, one-way streets, and in lanes to overtake a truck or bus.
Hit & Run means leaving the scene of an accident in which the driver is involved. Even if the crash caused no damage, injury, or death, drivers are required to stop after an accident to exchange information and aid injured parties who require medical attention.
Document crimes describe the unlawful operation of a motor vehicle without a license or with a suspended, revoked, or expired license. State law requires that motorists carry a valid license, registration, and proof of insurance to operate a motor vehicle.
DUI is driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. The legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) in Georgia is .08 or higher for most drivers, .04 for commercial drivers, and .02 for drivers under 21. But lower BAC levels may still give rise to a DUI charge if law enforcement can show that intoxication impaired driving or made vehicle operation “less safe.” The presence of alcohol and drugs may be shown through breath, blood, and urine tests.
Traffic Offense Penalties
Traffic violations result in various penalties, including points on your driving record, higher insurance premiums, criminal fines, vehicle forfeiture, license suspension, mandatory substance abuse treatment, community service, alcohol or drug testing, and imprisonment. Few can afford the expensive cost of speeding tickets, traffic school, and surcharges. Most depend on their cars to survive. Driving is necessary to move freely between work, school, errands, and activities.
Traffic Defense Lawyer David Schnipper Fights for Drivers
If you have been charged with a traffic offense, contact experienced Georgia criminal defense lawyer David Schnipper today. Obtaining legal counsel is critical to preserving your privilege to drive. Attorney Schnipper has successfully challenged all types of traffic violations, resulting in dismissed or reduced charges. Employing his prior experience as a District Attorney, he efficiently fights prosecution tactics. Attorney Schnipper has prevailed in numerous traffic proceedings by eliminating the only evidence against you. He looks for holes in police reports, test results, and every required element of a crime. Attorney Schnipper is dedicated to protecting your rights and helping you through unfamiliar proceedings. Call (404) 983-6051 for a free consultation or contact us online.