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Speeding Tickets in GA | Is a Traffic Ticket a Misdemeanor?

By: William C. Head, Atlanta Georgia Speeding Ticket Lawyer

Speeding Tickets in GA

Georgia has some of the strictest policies among all states in the country for speeding tickets in GA. In the city of Atlanta and the greater Atlanta area there are many speed traps and it is very well known in the community. Even in small towns outside of the metropolitan area motorists are stopped while traveling on interstate highways. Especially if you are stopped while driving over 75 mph, you will be given a ticket with a very high fine.

Your Georgia driver’s license will not be suspended over just one infraction of the speeding law, but a multitude of violation it can be. One speeding ticket in Georgia can have you facing much higher insurance rates as well.

If you are charged with a speeding violation in Georgia requiring a criminal defense attorney in Atlanta is very beneficial and will defend you in court or negotiate a plea deal. There are many different types of criminal offenses, looking for a criminal defense lawyer with experience in your type of case will give you the best possible defense.

With the background of defending cases similar to yours a criminal defense lawyer will know what the prosecution will try to use against you to make for a better defense of your case. An experienced criminal lawyer will also know what is needed to win your case or have it dismissed.

Is a Traffic Violation a Misdemeanor in Georgia?

Traffic law violations are the most common criminal offenses in Georgia. And yes, traffic violations in Georgia are considered crimes. Traffic violations are most likely misdemeanors in the state of Georgia, which carries penalties of $1,000 fine and 12 months in jail. Traffic violations are handled in a multitude of courts including county probate court, state court, magistrate court, municipal court, and juvenile court for drivers younger than 16 years of age. You possibly can be arrested for a speeding ticket in Georgia, although it is not likely.

Georgia Speeding Ticket Fines

The ‘Super Speeder Law’ in Georgia is defined as a driver convicted of speeding 75 mph or more on a two-lane road, or at 85 mph and above on any road or highway in the State of Georgia. On top of the fine paid to the jurisdiction where the speeding took place, there is an additional $200 Super Speeder state fee that is also to be paid by the driver.

Failing to pay this fine within 120 days will result in a suspended license, and a $50 reinstatement fee will be added. Fines for traffic tickets vary by the different violations and by the court that has summoned you. If you get a speeding ticket the fine should be printed on the citation. If you simply pay the ticket outright that is an admission of guilt.

How Many Points Is a Speeding Ticket?

The Georgia Point System ranges from 2 to 6 points. A driver with 15 points in a 24-month period will be suspended. The State assesses no points for speeding convictions less than 15 miles per hour over the posted speed limit and for convictions of driving ‘Too Fast for Conditions’, as per O.C.G.A. §40-6-180.

Depending on how fast you were going speeding tickets in Georgia are broken down into 4 different point levels listed:

  • Speeding 15 to 18 mph over the posted speed limit is 2 points
  • Speeding 19 to 23 mph over the posted speed limit is 3 points
  • Speeding 24 to 33 mph over the posted speed limit is 4 points
  • Speeding 34 or more over the posted speed limit is 6 points

Hire the Best Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney

In the unfortunate event that you are charged with a criminal offense, it is highly recommended to seek out a reputable Atlanta criminal defense attorney. This will ensure you are represented effectively for your first court date. Be sure to keep a close eye on your initial court date – failure to appear may result in a bench warrant. Retaining an Atlanta criminal defense lawyer as early as possible is crucial after being charged with a crime.

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