Dealing with a traffic violation can be stressful and confusing, but you really only have two options: you can pay the fine, or go to Court.
When you receive a traffic violation you will notice that the Court has set-up an easy way for you to pay the fine and avoid going to Court. Although paying the fine seems easiest, it can impact your driving record significantly.
Georgia traffic violations work on a point system. Points on your driving record can be accumulated by a variety of traffic offenses, such as:
- Possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage while driving, 2 points
- Reckless Driving, 4 points
- Aggressive Driving, 6 points
- Speeding: 15 mph but less than 19 mph, 4 points
- Speeding: 19 mph but less than 24 mph, 3 points
- Speeding: 24 mph but less than 34 mph, 4 points
- Speeding: 34 mph or more, 6 points
Paying your fine online means that you accept any points associated with that traffic violation. Points on your driving record may not only increase your car insurance rate, but accumulation of 15 points within a 24 month time frame will result in your license being suspended.
There are also certain circumstances where your license would be mandatory suspended. Mandatory suspension means that you cannot drive for a temporary period of time. Sample mandatory suspensions of a driver’s license include, but are not limited to:
- A conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Using a motor vehicle in fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.
- Hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident.
- Failure to appear in court or respond to a citation.
If you chose to pay your fine online and the Court does not receive your payment by the deadline, or you do not appear in Court on your Court date, you will likely be fined and a bench warrant would be issued for your arrest.
Having an attorney present during your traffic Court date can often help to decrease your points assessed. Contact an attorney as soon as you receive your traffic violation to determine how best to proceed.