In Georgia all traffic citations are a misdemeanor which means they are crimes which can go on your record.
Many people don't realize that there is more to a traffic citation than simply paying a fine in court. Some citations actually carry jail time in addition to the fine. Not looking past this issue, but in addition to your fine, its possible that your insurance rates can go up as well. Depending on your driving history your insurance may go up anywhere between $400 and $1000 per year for several years after you resovle your traffic charge.
Many drivers don't realize these charges that the state doesn't tell you about, or doesn't care about. They are commonly called “hidden charges” in our line of work. Also, don't forget that if you have purchased life insurance, your life insurance rates can also go up.
Under the law there are several issues which may affect your record:
- Suspended License Charges
- Hit and Run
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident
- Following too Closely
- Super Speeder
- Red Light and Stop Sign Citations
- Aggressive Driving
- Driving on suspended Registration
- Driving without insurance
Don't fool yourself, fighting or trying to reduce any citation you are being charged with is important to your well being.
Suspended License issues
If you are charged with a suspended license there are several issues which may affect your case. Although each case is different, some of the basic standards apply to every case. For the first offense the statute which controls this citation requires a minimum fine and two days in jail. The second offense requires a minimum fine and 10 days in jail. Once you reach the fourth violation you potentially face a felony if convicted. That's right, you can become a convicted felon if not handled correctly.