As a traffic ticket and DUI defense firm, our job is to protect your license, driving history, and save your from increased insurance premiums. Houston Washburn has represented clients with many different types of citations ranging from speeding tickets to D.U.I.s.

 

Houston has the knowledge and experience to negotiate favorable results for his clients or take your case to trial and make the state prove any guilt. Houston is a member of the National College for DUI Defense and American Association of American DUI Attorneys.

 

We handle hundreds of traffic tickets annually and achieve favorable results that do not appear on our clients' driving histories. We can usually complete the case without you having to appear. Read below to understand the traffic ticket process and how tickets are reported to your motor vehicle report.

 

 

 - Traffic Ticket Process - 

Many individuals do not know how the traffic ticket process works, which can cost them money and time. Some individuals think traffic tickets are not a big deal or not worth their money to pay for an attorney. You would not try to go at it alone to face criminal charges, why go at it alone for a traffic ticket?

 

In Georgia, traffic tickets are considered misdemeanor criminal charges, which can lead to criminal penalties, such as fines, probation, community service, and jail.

 

Traffic ticket convictions have another side to them - the license implications. Convictions to moving violations can lead to a bad driving record, points assessed to your license, and a possible suspension of your license.  Not only will a conviction to a moving violation, such as speeding or running a stop sign, assess points or can lead to a license suspension, but a it will greatly increase your insurance or cause you to be removed from your insurance coverage. Convictions can also limit your ability to obtain employment where driving is an integral part to the job.

 

Having an attorney in your traffic ticket case can protect your liberties, license and wallet!

 

As a traffic ticket attorney, Houston Washburn uses his knowledge of the process and the law to protect his clients by taking the original ticket and have it dismissed or changed so that it does not adversely impact your driving record or lead to an unnecessary license suspension. 

Below is a brief general outline of the traffic ticket process. Each 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. 

You receive a traffic ticket. The court date and location are on the citation.

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The Officer files the citation in the traffic court that was listed on your citation.

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The first court date scheduled is called an Arraignment.

At the Arraignment, you have two options.

  1. The first option is to enter a plea as is to the charges under Nolo or Guilty.

  2. The second option is to plea Not Guilty and request a bench trial or jury trial.

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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 an 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. 

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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 asses points. If a suspension is connected to the conviction, then the DDS will suspend your license. 

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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 not found Guilty, then you will not have any criminal penalties or license consequences. 

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