A conviction for a Chatham County, GA traffic ticket can get more expensive than the cost of the ticket. You may also face a license suspension if you have prior moving violation convictions on your record, and increased insurance costs for several years. Savannah, GA traffic ticket attorney Matt Hube wants you to understand your options if you receive a traffic summons.
You generally have the right to represent yourself in court, or be represented by the attorney of your choice. If you have received a traffic ticket, you may also oftentimes pay your ticket through the mail or in person at the courthouse prior to your court date. The court date should be on the traffic ticket you received from the officer. If it is not on the ticket, then you will need to call the courthouse listed on the ticket and ask them for your court date.
If you pay your ticket by mail, or in person before you court date you are pleading guilty to the charge on the traffic ticket and will have to pay the fine and court costs listed on the information sheet the officer gave you. Pleading guilty will result in points being assessed against your driver’s license. If you accumulate enough points within time periods determined by law you will also face the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. Once points are assessed, you will also likely face higher insurance premiums.
You also have the right to represent yourself in court and question the officer who stopped you about the basis for the stop, his training, and his testing and maintenance of his radar equipment. While some courts may relax the rules of courtroom procedure for a pro se defendant, they are not required to, and most judges will warn you before you proceed pro se that they will not waive the rules of evidence, and other court procedures simply because you are not a trained attorney.
Finally, you have the right to hire a Savannah, GA traffic ticket attorney like Matt Hube and have him either negotiate your traffic ticket to a non-moving violation, or try your case for you. If he tries your case, the court will require you appear in court. If he negotiates your case, you often do not have to appear in court. In some cases you will have to appear in case regardless of whether you have retained an attorney or not. In a typical negotiation you will be required to pay a fine and court costs, but no points will be added to your driver’s license.
Contact Savannah, GA traffic ticket attorney Matt Hube right now for a confidential consultation, and let him show you how he can help save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in a Chatham County, GA traffic ticket case.