Traffic Tickets in Georgia
Almost all traffic tickets in Georgia are technically misdemeanor criminal offenses where the statutory maximum punishment is 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Although relatively few traffic tickets result in people being sentenced to jail time, judges frequently have the authority to sentence a person to jail time for what might seem to most people like a minor traffic ticket. Certain traffic offenses, such as driving with a suspended license, driving without a license, and DUI, almost always result in a person being arrested or facing jail time if they are convicted.
Depending on your circumstances, traffic tickets can be much worse than a simple inconvenience. People who drive for a living, particularly those people with a Commercial Driver's License ("CDL") can very easily lose their ability to drive a commercial vehicle based on simply paying a traffic ticket. Young drivers, under 18 years' old or under 21 years' old, are subject to harsher consequences than 21-year-old drivers. If a traffic citation resulted from an accident, simply paying the ticket could have severe negative consequences if the other driver in the accident chooses to sue you in a civil proceeding. Will Kelbaugh has handled the full spectrum of traffic offenses in Georgia and will use every legal and ethical method to protect his clients.
Below are links to short discussions of some common situations facing drivers who have received traffic citations. These short discussions are not legal advice. Please feel free to call the Kelbaugh Firm to schedule a free consultation about your traffic tickets.