If you are fighting an expensive ticket you should retain the services of an experienced Greenville traffic lawyer. Our team at TF Law will handle your case with the drive and tenacity needed to reach the best outcome for you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation!
What Can a Traffic Lawyer Do For Me?
A talented traffic attorney can save two very important things for you:
- Money. Traffic tickets can result in substantial long-term costs in the form of insurance premium hikes. Working with our experienced traffic lawyers can help you keep your premium low and save you money.
- Time. When you work with TF Law we will work to allow you to maintain your everyday life. We will represent you on your court date so that you don't have to take time off of work or school.
What if I Just Pay the Ticket?
Paying the ticket is an admission of guilt. This can have repercussions on your insurance premiums and can result in points being added to your driving record. Avoid these issues by hiring experienced attorneys who will work to reduce or even eliminate the ticket and help you keep unexpected consequences from impacting you.
What Happens if I go to Court Alone?
You are entirely within your right to represent yourself on your court date for your traffic ticket. But before you do you should take a moment to ask yourself, how much do you actually know about traffic law? Like anything else, hiring a professional will yield professional results. And with the potential consequences you can face from a ticket, it is in your best interest to have the court appearance handled quickly and efficiently.
Consider what will take place when you make your court appearance. You will wait alongside everyone else who received a ticket with that court date, and you could potentially be in court all morning or afternoon before your case is heard. When it is your turn to address the judge, it will be a matter of your word versus the officer's. The officer likely has experience, potentially years of it, presenting traffic cases and speaking with judges, which puts you at an inherent disadvantage.
If you are unfamiliar with court proceedings, traffic law, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles' point system, and a myriad of other aspects of the court process, how will you know if the ruling is to your benefit? How will you argue against the ticket if you don't have knowledge of the legal processes a police officer must follow in cases like yours, or how you might argue against the technology used to determine that a ticket was warranted? Running through these scenarios should help illustrate to you that most people are simply not prepared to represent themselves in court. This is where we come in.
What is the Drivers License Point System in South Carolina?
South Carolina uses a points system to track license penalties for drivers. The baseline is zero points. At 12 points on your record your license will be suspended. One year after the points are accumulated half of them will be dropped from your record. Two years after the offense the other half will be dropped. Having points on your driving record can be detrimental to your auto insurance premiums in addition to leading to license suspension.
Tickets also come with potentially hefty fines for the driver. The fine issued with the ticket will be dependent on the number of points for the offense. Speeding ticket fines are broken down as follows:
- 6 points may receive a maximum fine of $440
- 4 points may receive a maximum fine of $180
- 2 points may receive a maximum fine of $75
Note that points penalties will vary from state to state, meaning that what is considered a 4 point penalty in South Carolina may be a 6 point penalty in North Carolina.
Hire an Experienced Greenville Traffic Lawyer
If you have received a ticket for a traffic violation you should contact us at TF Law. For tickets from basic speeding to reckless driving and more, we will fight to keep points and violations off your driving record. Court appearances can be hard on your personal life, requiring time off from work or school. Hiring an experienced attorney to provide legal advice and represent you will allow you to move forward with your life while we appear on your court date in your place.
Car insurance is expensive, and traffic tickets can cause an increase in your insurance rates in addition to the fee levied against you. For many people, even a single speeding ticket could have severe consequences, especially when considering the possible long-term effects.
We fight traffic tickets at TF Law. We have the experience and tenacity needed to minimize or even completely eliminate the penalties from a traffic ticket. Contact our Greenville criminal defense law firm today through the contact form or give us a call to schedule an appointment.