Getting a traffic citation is such a routine part of driving that many people think it's best to just pay the fine and avoid the bother of fighting it in court. But as many drivers have found, that's not always the best move to make. Law enforcement officers can make mistakes; getting a ticket doesn't mean you're guilty. And because paying a traffic ticket in Alabama means getting points on your license, your driver's license can be suspended after just a few tickets.
All of these traffic tickets carry fines of $50 to several hundred dollars -- but that's just the beginning of the costs of a citation. The State of Alabama's Department of Public Safety also puts two to six points on your license each time you plead guilty to traffic violations -- and paying a ticket is considered pleading guilty. After you accumulate 12 to 14 points within two years, your license will be automatically suspended for 60 days. Higher numbers of points within the same two-year period can get your license suspended longer, for up to one year.
Losing a driver's license isn't just an inconvenience for many people; it's a radical lifestyle change that can cost them jobs, cause trouble at home and interfere with their personal lives. Reinstating it when the time is up is a bureaucratic hassle that costs $100 to $300. And whether you lose your license or not, points on your license will cost you when it's time to renew your auto insurance. Insurance companies remember the points on your license no matter how long ago you got them, so enough points can cause your insurance bills to skyrocket.
Fortunately, traffic tickets are far from the open-and-shut citations that law enforcement might like us to believe they are. The evidence against you may have serious flaws that can cause the whole case to be thrown out. An experienced traffic violations attorney like Tim Fleming knows where to look for common mistakes in the officers' work and use them to get your ticket dismissed.
If you're facing the serious financial and personal consequences of a traffic ticket, don't plead guilty without calling TIm Fleming for a free consultation. He has handled many, many DUI cases and other traffic violations, so he understands how important it is to provide a vigorous, thorough defense to a traffic citation. He can explain your rights and your legal options; help you contest your ticket; and protect your driver's license. And because Tim Fleming offers free initial consultations, there's no pressure and no risk to speaking to him about the best course of action in your case.
If you or someone you care about is fighting a traffic ticket in Alabama, call Tim Fleming today for a free consultation at (251) 304-0888.