Traffic Ticket Process in Georgia
Each traffic case is different based on the age of the driver, severity of the charge in the citation, additional tickets, level of license of the driver, and many other factors.
The following is a brief general outline of the traffic ticket process:
- You receive a traffic ticket. The court date and location are on the citation.
- The Officer files the citation in the traffic court that was listed on your citation.
The first court date scheduled is called an Arraignment. At the Arraignment,
you have two options:
- The first option is to enter a plea as is to the charges under Nolo Contendere (No Contest) or Guilty.
- The second option is to plead Not Guilty and request a bench trial or jury trial.
- If you enter a plea to Nolo or Guilty, the case is over. Your license will be affected based on the citation, your age, the choice of plea, and other factors. If you plead Guilty, in addition to the fine and other criminal penalties, you may receive points, a suspension, and the result will go on your driving record. If you plead Nolo, in addition to the fine and other criminal penalties, the result of the plea will result will be reported to your driving history; however, you may avoid points and a suspension. If you are under the age of 21, a Nolo plea may not prevent points or suspensions.
- After a plea of Guilty or Nolo is entered, the Court sends the result - referred to as a disposition - to the Department of Drivers Services. The DDS sees how you entered a plea in court then uses the assigned point schedule to assess points. If a suspension is connected to the conviction, then the DDS will suspend your license.
- If you plead Not Guilty, you will have a second court date where the prosecutor must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If you are found Guilty, you will be assessed criminal penalties such as a fine, community service, a driving course, etc. The result of the citation will be placed on your driving history, which may result in points and a suspension of your license. If you are found Not Guilty, then you will not have any criminal penalties or license consequences.
If you have been cited or arrested for a traffic violation in Gwinnett County or the Metro-Atlanta area, call us today at (770) 766-8966 and schedule a free initial consultation.