Traffic tickets can be more than just an annoyance. You may lose your license with multiple convictions, which could seriously disrupt your life if you use your car to get to work. Your auto insurance rates could also skyrocket even if you don’t lose your license, and the state of Texas can assess annual surcharges against you for accumulating moving violations.
If you fail to pay your ticket and miss your court date, you might even be arrested. Fortunately, the services of a skilled attorney can greatly help in this regard.
Texas, like other states, maintains a driver’s license point system, which is a record of black marks against your driver’s license based on the number and seriousness of traffic violations that you are convicted of. A moving violation will generally cost you 2 points, or 3 points if an accident results. If you accumulate 6 points in three years, a $100 annual surcharge kicks in, and you must pay this charge every year in which at least six points remain on your 3-year driving record. This amount increases by $25 for each additional point against your license. Fines assessed for traffic tickets themselves vary from county to county.
Texas will also suspend your driver’s license if you accumulate at least 4 moving violations on separate occasions within a year or 7 violations in 2 years. Although Texas has no authority to suspend or revoke an out-of-state driver’s license, the authorities can forbid you from driving in Texas, and they can notify your home jurisdiction so that you will be penalized by your local authorities.
Infractions such as speeding, running a red light, illegal turn, failure to yield, and driving without insurance can all be treated as Class C misdemeanors under Texas law, which don’t involve jail time. In extreme cases, however, such as driving far beyond the speed limit, you could face incarceration. Incarceration is particularly likely if alcohol or another intoxicant is involved or if an injury accident occurs.
Hiring a good traffic ticket attorney can help you in several different ways. First, I might be able to win a no-strings-attached dismissal for you based on any one of a variety of different possible defenses. Second, even if the prosecutor is unwilling to offer a no-strings-attached dismissal, I can ask the court to allow you to earn a dismissal through deferred disposition. Third, if the court suspends your license, I can ask the judge to issue you an occupational license that will allow you to drive to and from work and meet basic household needs. Finally, I can represent you in traffic court without your presence being required.
In San Antonio, traffic tickets can cause you a number of different problems, especially if you have multiple tickets. Fortunately, I offer an aggressive defense in traffic court, and I am not afraid to confront opposing witnesses. Regardless of where you live, don’t hesitate to call Corley Legal, PLLC in San Antonio or Austin and surrounding counties at (210) 444-2889 / (512) 444-2889.