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Georgia Speeding Laws 

There are two basic categories of speeding offenses: too fast for conditions and speeding in violation of minimum or maximum limits. In these days of radar and laser speed detection devices, the latter is the more common violation.

It is worth noting, however, that speeding can be charged even when the speed being traveled is not known precisely and even where the speed is below the otherwise applicable maximum limits. This would typically be charged as too fast for conditions.

Too Fast For Conditions

O.C.G.A. § 40-6-180 directs that no person shall drive at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard for the actual and potential hazards then existing.
Examples of conditions that might require a lesser speed include approaching and crossing an intersection or railroad grade crossing, approaching and going around a curve, when approaching and traversing a hill crest, when traveling a narrow or winding roadway, or when special hazards exist with respect to pedestrians or other traffic by reason of weather or highway conditions.

This is an interesting statute because it is not constitutional on its own. For the charge to be valid, the officer must identify sufficient criteria to meet constitutional requirements. Bilbrey v. State, 254 Ga. 629, 331 S.E.2d 551 (1985). This means that the State must identify the conditions which caused the need for a lower speed and an estimate of the speed of the vehicle.

Many, many officers are unaware of the need to provide an estimate of speed and to identify the condition that made driving that speed unsafe.

However, it is worth noting that most officers will be of the view that they are doing the driver a favor by charging them with too fast for conditions instead of a speeding offense, since too fast for conditions carries no points for a Georgia licensee.

Speeding below Maximum Limits

O.C.G.A. § 40-6-184 provides three means of charging a driver of driving too slowly.

The first is referred to as impeding traffic flow. Basically, a driver cannot drive so slowly as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when that is necessary for safe operation.

The second is driving a speed below that posted on a minimum limits sign. The commissioner of public safety and the commissioner of transportation can set a minimum speed limit based on engineering and traffic investigations. The most common place that such signage will be found will be on major state highways or on interstate highways. Where such minimum limits are posted, it would be an offense to drive at a speed below the posted minimum except when it was necessary for safe operation. So, for instance, the minimum limit might be 45 m.p.h. but a driver encountering heavy fog or smoke or pounding rain or snow and ice could be justified in driving well below that limit.

The third way of being charged with driving too slowly is to violate what is known as the “slow poke” law. This law applies on roads, streets or highways with two or more lanes traveling in the same direction. Where the motorist is driving in a direction that has two or more lanes devoted to that direction, it would be an offense to drive in the passing lane so as to block drivers overtaking the driver from the rear at a higher rate of speed. This law applies even if the motorist is driving the speed limit and the overtaking driver is speeding. Passing lane means the most left hand lane other than a high occupancy vehicle lane. There are some exceptions to this provision including: when traffic conditions or congestion make it necessary to drive in the passing lane, hen inclement weather, obstructions or hazards make it necessary to drive in the passign lane, when compliance with a law of this state or an official traffic control device make it necessary to drive in the passing lane, when a vehicle must be in the leftmost lane to exit the highway or turn left, on toll roads when necessary to pay the toll or use a pass. It also does not apply to authorized emergency vehicles engaged in official duties or to vehicles engaged in highway maintenance and construction operations.

Speeding above Maximum Limits

O.C.G.A. § 40-6-181 is our starting point. Basically, no person shall drive a vehicle at a speed in excess of a maximum limit.

Posted Limits

Your best bet to determine the speed limit is posted signs.

Unposted Limits

However, where signs are absent, O.C.G.A. § 40-6-181(b) sets limits imposed based on the characteristics of the roadway. Those are thirty miles per hour in an urban or residential district, thirty-five miles per hour on an unpaved county road, seventy miles per hour on a federal interstate highway except inside urbanized areas with populations greater than 50,000, sixty-five miles per hour on divided highways lacking full access control if signs allow that speed limit, and fifty-five miles per hour otherwise.

This Code section causes confusion for some people. They look at it and think that the only allowable limits are 30, 35, 55, 65 and 70 miles per hour. That is wrong. Subsection (c) makes it clear that the maximum speed may be altered as authorized in O.C.G.A. §§ 40-6-182, 40-6-183 and 40-6-188.

Process for Establishing Speed Limits

O.C.G.A. § 40-6-182 permits the commissioner of public safety or the commissioner of transportation can jointly set lower speed limits for a particular road or highway. That decision must be based on an engineering or traffic investigation which demonstrates that the conditions of that particular road or intersection require a different maximum limit for safety. Where such action is taken, appropriate speed limit signs may be posted, whether the change in limit is fixed or variable.

In addition, local authorities including incorporated municipalities and counties may also alter the speed limits based on similar evidence, engineering or traffic investigation that determines that the default speed limit is greater than is reasonable or safe based on conditions found to exist on the roadway within its jurisdiction. Particularly, speed limits can be decreased at intersections, decreased in areas outside an urban or residential district (but not less than 30 mph), decrease in an area within an urban or residential district (but not less than 25 mph), or decrease on account of a special hazard or condition. The authority can also increased a speed limit for an urban district, but no higher than 55 mph. Again, appropriate signs must be erected. No more than six alterations in speed limit may be made within a one mile stretch of road, and the difference between such alterations can be no more than 10 miles per hour (except near schools, where the difference can be no more than 20 miles per hour).

Where highway work is occurring, the Department of Transportation or the county or city which is conducting the work may designate a segment of highway, road or street as a highway work zone and may erect signs designating the speed limit for the zone and that speeding violations within the zone are subject to increased penalties. O.C.G.A. § 40-6-188. For a person to be cited or convicted based on the highway work zone, there need to be workers present or barriers,

Speeding Law

It is worth noting that the actual speed alleged against the driver is not considered a material element of the offense. If the evidence at trial establishes a lesser speed than charged, but the speed established is still in excess of the limit, the State's case does not fail because of the variation. Jones v. State, 258 Ga. App. 337, 574 S.E.2d 398 (2002); Porter v. State, 290 Ga. App. 113, 658 S.E.2d 893 (2008).  This means that if the officer charges you with driving 90 mph in a 70 mph zone, and the judge or jury finds that the evidence shows that you were actually going 80 mph in a 70 mph, you can still be convicted of speeding at the 80 mph level.

Citation Requirements

O.C.G.A. § 40-6-187 requires that any violation of a speeding regulation in Chapter 6 of Title 40 must specify (1) the speed at which the defendant driver is alleged to have driven, (2) the maximum speed limit where the driving is alleged to have occurred, and whether the violation occurred on a two lane road or a highway.

The sentence imposed by the court must include a finding as to the specific amount by which the person convicted exceeded the speed limit.

How Speed is Established

The State must lay the foundation for the method used by the officer to determine the speed of the vehicle. There are actually multiple methods for establishing a vehicle's speed including visual estimate, pacing, as well as radar and laser detectors.

Radar/Laser Speed Detection

For a law enforcement agency to operate radar or laser speed detectors, the governing authority for the agency must have a permit from the Georgia Department of Public Safety to use such devices. Such devices must be operated in accordance with the requirements of Article 2 of Chapter 14 of Title 40.

Such a permit is not authorized where the officers of the department are paid on a fee system. I am not aware of any departments in Georgia using such a payment system.  At this time, I am not aware of any law enforcement agency in Georgia still using the fee system.

To qualify for the permit, the agency-applicant must provide law enforcement services by certified peace officers 24 hours a day, seven days a week on call or on duty or allows only peace officers employed full-time by the agency to operate speed detection devices. O.C.G.A. § 40-14-2.

To operate a speed detection device under the permit, the officer must be an employee of the agency, be registered or certified as a peace officer by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council and certified by POST to operate the speed detection device. O.C.G.A. § 40-14-2.

The permit specifies the streets, roads and highways within the geographic boundaries of the agency's territory on which the devices may be operated. O.C.G.A. § 40-14-3.

Punishment for Speeding

Speeding is a misdemeanor in Georgia. As such, it generally carries a punishment which can range up to 12 months of incarceration and a $1,000 fine. Obviously, most court dispositions of speeding offenses involve no jail time and lower than the maximum fine.

Courts have great discretion to determine the fine for speeding offenses. Many choose to use a schedule of fees based on the number of miles above the speed limit that the driver is found to be traveling. In some cases, the court may require probation. The court may also require defensive driving courses, drug and alcohol risk reduction programs, victim impact programs, or community service.

First Georgia Speeding Offense

In the case of a first lifetime Georgia speeding offense, the legislature in 2001 imposed some maximum fines. This schedule is as follows: 1-4 miles over, $0; 5-10 miles over, $25; 10-14 miles over, $100; 15-18 miles over, $125; 19-23 miles over, $150; and 24-33 miles over, $500.

It is worth noting that most courts that I have had contact with do not have any system in place to determine whether a particular speeding ticket is a first speeding offense for the driver. It is likely that many drivers do not get the benefit of this law change in having their speeding fine reduced.

This provision would not prevent a court from imposing jail time or probation on a first speeding offense. Jones v. State, 308 Ga. App. 99, 706 S.E.2d 593 (2011).

It is also worth noting that the determination of whether a particular offense is a first speeding offense should be limited to a review of the driver's Georgia record since the determination is based on violations of the Georgia statutory provision and does not incorporate similar violations under the laws of other states.

In most cases that I deal with, there are other considerations which are more significant than the fine, such as license points and insurance consequences.

Super Speeder

Beginning in 2009, Georgia has an additional penalty for speeding drivers.

Regardless of the fines and fees and other penalties imposed by a local court, the State of Georgia will impose and collect a fee of $200 for any driver who is convicted of driving at a speed of 85 miles per hour on any road or highway or who is convicted of driving at a speed of 75 miles per hour or more on a two-lane road or highway.

Written notification of the fee imposition will be sent to the driver upon the Department of Drivers Services receiving the qualifying ticket and notice of conviction. Failure to pay the fee within 90 days will result in the suspension of the driver's license (in the case of a Georgia licensed driver) or driving privileges within the state (in the case of a driver licensed by any other state). Lifting the suspension requires the payment of the fee plus an additional $50 reinstatement fee. Non-Georgia drivers should be aware that most states will suspend your license upon notification that Georgia has suspended your privileges.

The best way to deal with Super Speeder is to seek a disposition which causes your offense of conviction to fall outside the Super Speeder parameters.

Sean A. Black

Sean A. Black is a 1992 graduate of the Emory University School of Law. He has been in private practice in Toccoa, Georgia since June 1, 1992.

Comments

Martymart76

Posted Jul 10, 2019 at 10:39:44

I recently got a speeding ticket in downtown Savannah – 42 in a 30 MPH zone, not a school zone or construction zone. The officer was polite and said it was a city ordinance and would not go to my insurance or get reported or get me points. But I went to pay the fine online and it has me listed as owing $421. I nearly passed out. I haven’t had a speeding ticket in 20 years and now this for only going 12 miles over? It also has the citation as having ‘improper parking’ and I have on idea how that is even possible. I haven’t had ANY citations for 20 years. What do I do??

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Posted Jul 15, 2019 at 06:47:24

A city ordinance will not go against your license or driving history, but the fine does seem fairly high. It is likely not a good use of funds to pay a lawyer to seek a reduction in the fine amount. You can go hat in hand to the court with your clean driving history and ask for a reduction in the fine amount. I cannot tell you what the response will be since I do not practice in the Savannah area. It sounds like instead of charging you with speeding, the officer wrote the citation for the ordinance-improper parking to help you out by keeping it off your driving record. That favor came with a pretty hefty price.

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Posted Oct 28, 2019 at 05:42:24

If the streets in your neighborhood are public roads, there is a real limit to what your HOA can do, except interfacing with local law enforcement to encourage more frequent patrols and traffic law enforcement. Signs and even speed bumps are of limited effectiveness. One of the more effective strategies for slowing down traffic on a road is to do a road diet, where the road is narrowed. People perceive that it is not safe to drive fast on narrow roads and adjust subconsciously, but that is usually beyond the authority of the HOA and can be hard to convince local government to do.

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brandon

Posted Apr 22, 2020 at 16:08:15

hey i dont mean to bother you but i have a quick question

in a defensive driving class i attended several years ago the instuctor mentioned a georgia law that local municipalities cannot pull you over for speed by radar or laser detection devices unless the speeds were greater then (maybe 9mph) then the posted speed limit so long as the limit was greater than 35mph
have you heard of such a law? do you know the code of it if so.
hope you r staying healthy in these terrible times

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Posted Apr 23, 2020 at 08:44:16

The one that you are looking for is OCGA 40-14-8. I thought I had covered these in another post, but I cannot find that I did, so I just added a new blog post on my duiguru.com site.

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Shayla

Posted May 01, 2020 at 11:39:03

I have a question about the process of speeding tickets. I received a ticket in March in which the officer claimed I was going 71 in a 45. I know I was not going to that fast, in fact, I had glanced at my speedometer and it read 54mph seconds before he turned on his lights. I hadn’t even passed his vehicle yet before he pulled me over. He then told me that he would take the speed off of his partner’s laser which was 67 but either way I would receive a ticket. I now have a ticket for $215 and summons for court. Is this ticket worth fighting?

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Posted May 01, 2020 at 13:34:08

It’s worth trying to do something about. 67 in a 45 is 22 over, which is 3 points against your license in Georgia. Licensees from other states may have lesser or greater penalties. A traffic lawyer who handles cases in that court might be able to negotiate the speed down further to get it to no points or non-reporting. The money you spend may be significantly less than the insurance premium bump that 3 points could cause over a three year period.

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Forace

Posted May 05, 2020 at 09:23:09

I received a ticket for going 76 in a 55, but when pulled over the officer said that I was going 71 in a 55. The 5 mph spread determines the difference in whether or not it’s a super speeder. The way it all happened has me questioning things. The officer said that he clocked me as I passed him going the opposite direction. He didn’t flash his lights or anything at the time but he did tailgate me before finally hitting his lights. He then says that he had to go turn around to catch up to me. In the past if I was ticketed the issuing officer always hit their lights immediately. About him having to turn around, sounds sketchy to me. Then saying I was going 71 in a 55 but cited for going 76. He asked if I wanted him to recheck, I obliged. As he went to his car there was no way he checked. I watched the whole time. He simply reached inside his car and grabbed his clipboard and headed back to my car. Which means he already had it filled out, in my opinion.

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Posted May 05, 2020 at 10:59:31

Unless you have video documentation of officer behavior inconsistent with his statements or report, it comes down to credibility between you and the officer as determined by the court.

If you are asking whether the officer is required to turn on his strobes immediately upon observing speeding or while going in the opposite direction, or is required to let you observe the calibration check, or see the reading on the device, then the answer is no.

A lawyer may be able to negotiate a speed reduction for you to avoid super speeder classification and possibly points.

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Ryan

Posted May 29, 2020 at 07:43:39

I received ticket for going 81 in a 70mph. So I thought

My ticket indicates (1-15mph) over speed limit but the ticket states I was going 91mph. I didn’t realize it suggested I was going over 90 until I got a notice for additional payment.

I paid the fine soon after I got the ticket, which was Christmas time on our family vacation from Ohio to Florida.

Then I received notice of additional $200 owed for super speeder.

Does my ticket have a mistake or do tickets issued for citations of 20mph above the speed limit also only say (1-15mph) over speed limit.

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Posted May 29, 2020 at 07:54:27

An entry of “1-15 over” is not a standard entry on a speeding citation, at least in my part of Georgia. The many tickets that I see all state the speed and the speed limit and do not classify it further.

If your ticket says 91/70 and says 1-15 then there is a mistake, because those statements are not both true. The court would look to the speed and speed limit, and it appears that they did.

There is a 180 day period from date of disposition to try to get this withdrawn or corrected. After that, it will be too late. Failure to pay the super speeder fee will result in the suspension of your privilege to drive in Georgia and will be communicated to your state of licensure, where it can result in suspension of your license.

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Dan Vaughn

Posted Jun 08, 2020 at 09:07:47

If a driver from Florida gets a speeding ticket in Georgia, can that driver elect to attend a driving school here in Florida in lieu of paying a fine, in order to keep the points off the record?

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Posted Jun 08, 2020 at 09:14:46

Each individual court in Georgia has its own system of dealing with tickets.

A defensive driving course meeting Florida standards can usually meet the Georgia requirements,

Most courts will use that as a basis to make a reduction in speed or offense but not to eliminate a fine.

Your best bet would be to speak to a traffic defense lawyer familiar with the court where the ticket is or will be pending.

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Caitlyn O’Malley

Posted Jun 11, 2020 at 09:32:29

I just got a ticket in Gwinnett/Duluth for going 71 in a 45. This is my first ticket so I’m not sure what to expect as I’m also still on my father’s insurance. I was hoping I wouldn’t have to tell him but now I see that my insurance will probably go up now as a result? Is there any way I can fight this

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Posted Jun 11, 2020 at 11:19:21

26 miles per hour on a two lane road does not get you up to super speeder territory, but it is close. You avoided an extra $200 assessment that would have been on top of the court fines and fees.

It is a four point offense. If you are under 21, it could have license consequences.

You may be able to go to court and ask for a speed reduction or diversion program, but since I don’t go to Gwinnett courts, i cannot tell you for sure.

You should speak to some traffic lawyers in Gwinnett to see what they think they can do for you.

As for your father, he is saving you a bunch of money keeping you on his his insurance, do you really want him to find out about this ticket because his rates suddenly jump or his policy gets cancelled? That would be worse for you than just being honest about it. If you were paying your own insurance on your own policy so it did not affect anyone else’s wallet, it would b fine to stay quiet. Tell him about it before he finds out the hard way.

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Posted Jun 23, 2020 at 06:04:24

The language “(must report actual and posted speed)” is an instruction to the officer/court personnel to list the speed the driver was going and the speed limit. In your case, it would be listed on the ticket as 84/70.

If you have tendered the fine, then on the court date, that will be received as a cash bond forfeiture and treated as a guilty plea. No other action should be needed.

By the way, the zero points because it is under 15 mph over the limit only applies to Georgia license holders.

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Posted Jul 13, 2020 at 05:58:17

Do defensive driving course. Do Traffic Violators Impact Panel. Do community service. Sell the motorcycle or car used, if it belonged to you, and buy something much more underpowered. Be contrite.

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Abel

Posted Jul 15, 2020 at 10:14:40

Hi Sean,

I just received a citation in Dooly county for going 84 in a 70 mph zone. I have a california license.
Other lawyers have said that this will not be reported because it is less than 15+, so I should pay it instead of hiring someone to ensure that it is a non-reporting violation. Your June 23rd response seems to suggest that an out-of-state driver would receive points. What is your advise?

Thank you so much,
Abel D.C.

P.S. It is possible I will changing from being a CA resident to a GA resident, in which case I will obtain a GA driver’s license. I don’t know if this is relevant. Thanks.

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Posted Jul 15, 2020 at 11:02:40

If you were a Georgia license holder and that license was on the ticket, the 14 over speeding ticket would not generally be reported to Georgia Department of Drivers Services. Some clerks have been trained that they are to report all violations by non-Georgia licensees, even if it would not normally be reported since it is a zero-point offense in Georgia. The risk is that even if the clerk for that court in Dooly County does not currently report the 14 over speeding tickets for out-of-state drivers, there is always a possibility that that “non-report” gets corrected. If so, it could have consequences against the California license.

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Abel

Posted Jul 16, 2020 at 07:30:18

As an update, the clerk at court got back to me and confirmed it will not be reported, because it was only 14 over. I explained I had an out-of-state license and she insisted that they will not report it in.

Thank you.

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Austin Stansel

Posted Jul 16, 2020 at 07:38:44

I was pulled over coming out of Ocilla, GA. In between a 45 and 55 sign. By the time I was stopped, which was immediately, I was in the 55 zone. The officer cited me for 71 in a 45 because he says I was still in the 45 zone. I have never been pulled over before much less given a ticket. Is this worth going to court over to try for a reduced ticket or classes?

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Posted Jul 17, 2020 at 07:19:31

To know your full consequences, I would have to know whether you are a Georgia licensee or not and whether you are above or below the age of twenty-one.

Assuming that you are an over-21 Georgia license holder, 71 in a 45 is 26 over. That would be a 4 point offense. An attorney might be able to get a reduced speed which might or might not require you to complete a defensive driving class or traffic violators impact panel or other activity. It is under 75 mph, so there is not a Super Speeder fee that will be assessed. Four points is enough to bump your insurance. It won’t suspend you unless you already have a number of points.

If you are an under-21 Georgia driver, that speed would cause a suspension of your license by itself. That is true even if you do a nolo plea or submit it as a zero points order. In that situation, it would be very important to have a lawyer to seek a reduction of the speed cited.

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Jane

Posted Jul 17, 2020 at 08:27:48

Hi Sean, thank you for all your comments, it’s very helpful. I was driving from South Carolina to Florida, passing Georgia. I have California license. I was stopped in Darien. Officer gave me a ticket for speeding 15-18 over on 70 zone. Saying that I was driving at 85. I can’t show up to court. Do you think I should hire a lawyer? My biggest concern for it not to go on my driving record. Also do you know how many points it will be if it will go on record?! What would be your suggestion? Can I just do driving school and pay the fine and have it not go on my record? Thank you in advance!

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Brooke devins

Posted Jul 18, 2020 at 12:54:00

hey, I was recently pulled over for speeding on Hwy 247 in warner robins ga. the speed drops down to 45 right near the museum of aviation. i think I was going 64 and he dropped it down to 59 so i didnt get a super speeder fine. well he was a young Georgia state patrol officer. it was around midnight-ish and he was in the middle turning lane with no lights at all on in his vehicle. i didnt even see him until he hit the blue lights. well after he writes my ticket im looking back over them at home and its a printed copy from his laptop, unlike the yellow copy regular officers give you. and instead of the city stating warner robins, which is where we were, mile marker 118 I think, it says perry. and we in fact were nowhere near perry. is this a technicality that can get this ticket dismissed? ive heard yes and no and im unsure what i should do.

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Posted Jul 20, 2020 at 05:57:59

Unless a reduction of speed can be worked out,, then you can look forward to fines, driving class, points on your license, and a $200 Super Speeder bill that will suspend your license if you do not pay it.

You need a good traffic lawyer who handles the court your ticket is pending in.

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Posted Jul 20, 2020 at 06:32:17

The Perry vs. Warner Robins thing is probably a clerical error and may not be enough to win dismissal.

On the other hand, if you are a Georgia driver, a ticket for 59/45 is a zero points offense, so it just costs you the fine. Also, 64/45 would not have qualified for super speeder either.

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Posted Jul 20, 2020 at 06:33:46

It really depends on the jurisdiction. Defensive driving class, traffic violators impact panel, community service, and fines and fees, including the Georgia super speeder $200 fee are major possibilities. You should consult with a traffic lawyer who handles that jurisdiction.

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Posted Jul 20, 2020 at 06:36:04

Repeating online sources, it looks like any speeding ticket up to 100 mph is a 1 point offense for a California driver.

Hiring a traffic attorney who handles that court (not me) may give you what you need to avoid coming to court and getting the offense amended to avoid reporting of the violation to California.

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Posted Jul 22, 2020 at 12:22:55

I will send you an email directly about some options, but your best bet is to get a lawyer down there. A lawyer may be able to accomplish what you are looking for. I know it’s usually reserved for military people, but thank you for your service. Being a health care worker in this current health crisis is a commendable thing.

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Cassandra Counsell

Posted Jul 26, 2020 at 04:47:46

Hi, my daughter (age 20) got a ticket late last night on the interstate, her way home from work. She’s never even been pulled over before, so she called me after in tears not understanding why she got a ticket for doing 5 miles over the limit when she had just been passed by someone else going faster. After she got home, she read the ticket, and realized he had ticketed her for doing 85/70 via laser. I also realize after reading, she is also eligible for a darn Super speeder ticket. Is there any way he tagged the wrong car, and is there any way to fight it?

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Sam

Posted Jul 26, 2020 at 18:48:00

Hi Sean,

I just got pulled over for driving at 81 on a 55 zone by a Georgia state trooper. Officer was polite and mentioned that I wouldn’t be considered for a super speeder offense. Also on speeding ticket he mentions violation of code 40-6-181, also he typed the following on the remarks section: “MR FA OD OV 1STL 4L” what does that mean?

He also said that I will need to wait at least a week before the citation gets processed on Maddison county. This is my first speeding ticket ever, I’m well over 21 and I’m from North Carolina.

How do I know how much would I have to pay for this speeding ticket? Is there a way such that it won’t be registered on my record? I really want to avoid any insurance premiums because of this. Thanks a lot for your advice.

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Posted Jul 27, 2020 at 07:09:52

The North Carolina license is the first most important thing you describe. You need to verify with a North Carolina lawyer, but my understanding is that anything 80 mph or over is considered “excessive speeding” in North Carolina and may subject you to a license suspension.

OCGA 40-6-181 is the Georgia statute that makes exceeding the posted speed limit an offense.

It would surprise me if this is not a Super Speeder offense. That provision applies to “driving at a speed of 85 miles per hour or more on any road or highway or 75 miles per hour or more on any two-lane road or highway.” So, for it not to be a super speeder, it could not be on a two-lane road. On the ticket, there is section right below your vehicle and license information. The first check box in the section lets the trooper mark whether or not it is a two-lane road or not. If that box is checked, then paying the fine or pleading guilty to the offense will trigger the super speeder $200 fee.

I am not certain what the abbreviations mean. Based on the trooper’s statement that it is not a super speeder ticket, I am guessing that “4L” means four-lane. 1STL may refer to which lane you were in. But, I do not know the rest of them.

You can either go to court and speak to the prosecutor about a reduction or you can hire an attorney to represent you in court and seek a reduction on your behalf. The prosecutor or the court may require you to complete defensive driving or some other program to qualify. I do not handle speeding tickets in that court. I do occasionally handle DUI cases and other serious charges in that court.

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Gabe

Posted Jul 27, 2020 at 16:30:50

I recently got a ticket for speeding 94 MPH in a 65 on a highway going past franklin but in the city limit how should I handle this I have a court date set I’m only 18. I need help.

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Gabe.

Posted Jul 27, 2020 at 16:33:34

I was recently pulled over on a highway doing 94 in a 65 I am only 18 and didn’t see the cop he was sitting in a blind spot where when I came over the hill he clocked me before I could see him. I was in Georgia going threw Franklin right before leaving the city limits of Franklin GA. I have a set court date and I don’t know how to handle it.

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Posted Jul 28, 2020 at 06:50:31

If this was in Franklin County, Georgia, near Carnesville or Lavonia, it is something my office could help with. If it is the town Franklin in Heard County, it is too far away for me.

A speeding ticket 24-33 mph over the limit is a four (4) point offense. That is very important and worrisome since you are under 21. If you have a Georgia license, being found guilty of that speed could result in the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. What it needs to be reduced to would be influenced by your prior driving history.

It is important to note that nolo contendere or a zero point order will not help you with this ticket.

In addition, it is a super speeder ticket at that speed which would cause you to incur an additional $200 in state fees, which if you do not pay would cause a suspension of your license.

You need an attorney to try to help you convince the court to reduce that speed. And, you need to slow down a bunch.

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Mv

Posted Jul 28, 2020 at 21:38:27

Hi, I received a speeding ticket which states I was driving 84 in a 55. 29 miles over. However I don’t believe I was going that fast. He showed me the radar, but again I don’t believe I was going that fast. I was just getting off 85 north onto 316 east. I was exiting using the PeachPass lane. On 85 the speed limit is 70. I don’t think the officer actually clocked my car. My lane needed to merge right, and there was traffic approaching fast from 85 south onto 316 east. I did have to speed up a little to get over safely. I was driving in the furthest left lane but There were cars in all three lanes traveling along side of me and the police were set up on the right side curb. This was 2pm on a Monday. I’ve haven’t a ticket since living in Georgia for 6 years. Before that I lived in Japan for 5 years and still had never received a ticket. I’m 44 years and live in Gwinnett County. I have great insurance Premiums and I’m very concerned about the best way to alleviate any major consequences. The officer ask me do I know how fast I was going, I said I think it was about 65-75. Then showed me his radar that said 84. I was really upset. Can you please give me some advice? Thank you

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Posted Jul 29, 2020 at 05:43:26

In most Georgia courts, the economics of time spent do not encourage a lot of speeding trials. A good traffic lawyer may be able to help you negotiate for diversion or a lowered speed. Your record is great and will support that. You need to reach out to a lawyer who practices in Gwinnett County, though. It is a little too far for me.

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Posted Jul 29, 2020 at 07:13:41

It would be difficult to prove that the wrong car was tagged. With laser, the beam is typically much narrower and focused. It becomes the officer’s word against the ticketed driver’s word. If the ticket was only for 5 mph over the limit, that should not be an issue, other than the fine.

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Caitlyn O’Malley

Posted Jul 29, 2020 at 14:22:19

Hi Sean, I posted a comment on here on June 11th and am just now seeing your reply. I just got another ticket. This time I was going 54 in a 35, although I know I wasn’t going that fast. It was 7am and I was late for work, and of course there was a cop hidden right where I was passing the person in front of me. I am at a loss. That’s 2 tickets in 2 months and my previous was really bad. Is there any way I can dismiss this 2nd one? I saw in this thread that if it’s 14 or under, it will not be reported. I truly do not know what to do. I’ve been driving for 4 years and have never been pulled over but now it’s 2 in 2 months. Please let me know what I can do here so my insurance won’t go up too much.

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Posted Jul 30, 2020 at 08:01:49

If you have not done so already, take a Defensive Driving course. Should be Georgia approved. That means in-person or remotely through video conferencing software so that instructor can see you.

If you are 25 years old or younger, take the TVIP course, that’s now Traffic Violators Impact Panel.

Get a lawyer to try to get the tickets reduced.

Most importantly, leave earlier and slow down.

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Mv

Posted Jul 30, 2020 at 21:22:15

Thank you so much Sean! Do you know a good lawyer for Gwinnett?

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Ryan

Posted Jul 31, 2020 at 06:47:12

I was just pulled over going 69 in a 45. I am under 21 years old and this is not my first offense. I was pulled over in Roswell. Will my license be suspended at this point? Is there any use for me to get a lawyer and try and fight this in court.

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Posted Jul 31, 2020 at 09:19:10

24 -33 mph over the limit and higher carries 4 points.

Resolution of the case without diversion or speed reduction will cause a suspension for an under-21 Georgia license holder.

Having a past speeding ticket hurts but a lawyer may still be able to help. But, you need someone close to Roswell. I will send you a referral by email to get you headed in the right direction.

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Poet

Posted Aug 01, 2020 at 12:53:24

A Fort Valley Police Department officer using radar clicked me at 65 in a 45 and I plan on representing myself. Luckily my trial is in November so I have time to prepare. Any books, helpful websites with proven knowledge you’d recommend?
Thx

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Posted Aug 03, 2020 at 06:50:10

No particular references I would point you to.

With a municipal police department, I assume that the ticket is in city court. If that is where the trial is held, you should understand that the judge is hired by the city commission (for a 4-year term), and they decide whether or not to re-up his/her contract. The judge sees the same officers over and over. The judge will let you say what you want but it likely to find against you. You would be better off speaking to a lawyer who handles tickets in that court. Chances are that something can be worked out to divert the ticket or reduce the ticketed speed.

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Georgie

Posted Aug 04, 2020 at 11:57:09

The exact same thing just happened to me coming off I-85 onto 316 this morning. I was traveling in the turn off lane onto 316 and had my car cruise control set at 70mph. I saw the police officer parked to the right on the curb area, and I knew at 70 mph I had been clocked, so I slowed down, and moved over into the shoulder immediately to comply with his blue lights. He got out of his vehicle and proceeds to tell me that he clocked me with his laser at 80 mph in a 55 mph zone (316 is 65 mph so I am confused) I didn’t say anything just accepted the ticket, but I am very disturbed that this is going to cost me a lot. I am 70 years old, and have NEVER had a speeding ticket or moving violation in my life. Should I contend this in court?

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Posted Aug 05, 2020 at 05:48:31

You should get a traffic defense lawyer to help you. You may be able to work out a resolution of the case. You, with someone else, should go and record video of the approach to and the section of road that you were stopped in paying close attention to speed limit signs. 80 in a 55 is 25 over. 80 in a 55 is only 15 over, so a correction of the speed limit and a reduction of one mile per hour would bring you to a zero point offense for a Georgia driver.

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James Cuffee

Posted Aug 06, 2020 at 17:56:21

Hey Mr.Sean, yesterday i got my first ticket for going 56 in a 35 speed limit zone. How much will the fine be for my first offense and is there any way i can avoid having this affect my insurance, considering that i am on my grandparents insurance and i only pay 100 a month

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James Cuffee

Posted Aug 06, 2020 at 19:22:36

Hello Mr. Sean, so yesterday i was caught speeding on a two lane road. I was going 21 miles over the speed limit. This is my first offense and i am under my grandparents insurance. Is there any way i can avoid having this effect my insurance

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Posted Aug 07, 2020 at 06:04:07

You should at least consult with a traffic lawyer familiar with the court your ticket will go to. You do not say where the ticket was so I can’t assess. There may be options to reduce the speed or divert the ticket provided you accomplish some things. Since it seems like you are young, you don’t say your age, there may be other concerns about the ticket that you need to know before disposing of it. You should definitely not just pay it. If you are under 18, it could put you at risk of losing your license if you get any other ticket that awards points.

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DJ Hayes

Posted Aug 09, 2020 at 19:25:19

Hello, I am 22 years old and I received a speeding ticket for going 24 miles over the limit of 45 MPH back in February (5 months ago). Today, I unfortunately received a citation for going 25 over the limit of 60. What penalties should I expect to receive given that these two incidents happened within 6 months of each other and this was my second offense of going 20+ over the limit?

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Resie

Posted Aug 10, 2020 at 07:59:21

Hi,

I’m from Chicago and was driving through Georgia. I got pulled over for speeding 20 over the speed limit. 90mph in a 70mph zone. I honestly didnt think I was going that fast! I was looking at the average speeding ticket in Georgia for 20mph over and it was about $200. I received a $379.00 ticket!!!! plus a $22.00 processing fee. Is this right?!?!

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John

Posted Aug 10, 2020 at 08:25:09

Hello,

I received a citation for 50 in a 35 in union county Georgia and carry a Texas drivers license. This is my first offense and I am having issues finding an attorney to represent me in union county that does not charge an an exorbitant fee ($1000). My biggest concern is that I would like to not have this ticket hit my driving record. Would it be worth me making an appearance during my court date to see if i can get the ticket reduced/dismissed since i am a first offender? I do not mind paying my dues to the county I just would like to keep the citation off of my record.

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Posted Aug 10, 2020 at 10:06:44

I understand. I am probably closer to Union County than more than 95% of all the practicing attorneys in Georgia, but I do not go there for traffic tickets.

In the absence of a Blairsville or Hiawassee attorney willing to handle it at a reasonable rate, it would be worthwhile for you to go to court yourself. If the case is in Blairsville, then you could ask for a city ordinance violation. If it is in the Probate Court, I am not sure what options they have available. You might ask if they have pretrial diversion or if they would reduce it to something like defective equipment which would not qualify as a moving violation and would not report.

For a Georgia driver, anything 14 over or below would not report, but with an out-of-state license, it could report.

Texas has a very simple point system. A conviction is two points with no wreck or three points with a wreck. Six points can cause license consequences. One point drops off for each full year without a violation.

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Posted Aug 10, 2020 at 10:11:40

If you think that’s bad, if you pay it as it stands, you will also get a bill from the State of Georgia for $200 for Super Speeder.

Speeding is a misdemeanor in Georgia, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine plus surcharges plus the state Super Speeder fee for qualifying convictions.

Depending on the court where the ticket is pending, you can go to court or hire an attorney and a negotiation may result which lowers the speed and avoids Super Speeder, but which likely leaves the fine where it is or slightly higher. Even if it ended up being slightly more expensive, that would probably save you money over the long term given insurance premium increases.

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Posted Aug 10, 2020 at 10:14:45

It is hard to know without knowing the particular court involved. Many would be considering which educational programs to send you to and what amount of community service you needed to do on top of a hefty fine. That speed also qualifies you for a Georgia Super Speeder bill of $200 if you are convicted at that speed. Those two tickets could also send your insurance costs soaring. You need to find a way to convince the court that you are serious about slowing down.

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Rachel

Posted Aug 10, 2020 at 10:50:48

My husband received a ticket in Brantley County on a 2 lane highway. He was going 63 in a 55 but then dropped down to 45 right as he got to the 45mph speed limit sign. He was given a ticket for 70 in a 45. The officer was rude and said he was “within range” of the speed limit sign so should have been going 45 sooner. However he was never going 70 to begin with, his cruise control was set at 63. Is there a state statute that says when you must alter your speed for a change in the speed limit? A special note…He is a Florida State resident, not Georgia.

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Posted Aug 10, 2020 at 11:03:21

There is no statutory requirement that you be going at the changed speed limit until you cross the plane of the sign. Although one would have to slow before the sign to be assured that you were going the speed limit when you got to the sign, but not by much.

It is not a super speeder offense.

You probably want to see about a traffic attorney down that way to try to work something out to try to make it non-reporting. It looks like any speeding ticket where the speed is 50 mph or greater is a 4 point offense in Florida. Those points cannot be reduced by taking defensive driving or any other education program.

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Frank

Posted Aug 14, 2020 at 20:41:11

I’m changing my license over from FL. too GA.
On my Fl record I have points for speed in excess of posted maximum for comercial vehicle. There is no mph over amount on the record This citation was issued in CA. How will GA. process and apply points with no amout mph over? Also does ga consider careless driving as reckless? I’ve noticed that different states have different wording for moving violations.

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Posted Aug 17, 2020 at 08:38:43

So far as I am aware, those points do not transfer from state to state. Georgia would not give you a license if you had a suspension or revocation from another state, but I don’t think they attempt to reconstruct the three year history.

I am not sure how Georgia DDS treats a Florida careless driving. Looking at the statute, I do not think that it adequately corresponds to the Georgia reckless driving statute. It seems more like our failure to exercise due care offense which is a three point offense. Reckless is four points here.

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adam

Posted Aug 17, 2020 at 12:55:26

Hi Sean,

I got a speeding ticket in Laurens county recently. 102 in a 70. I live in missouri. suggestions- lawyer vs pay ticket.

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Posted Aug 17, 2020 at 13:42:10

Any time you get to triple digits, I think you really need a lawyer.

It’s strange, in a way, because I don’t really see courts have the same reaction to 72 in a 45 that they do to 102 in a 70. The first is 60% above the speed limit; the second is only 46% above the speed limit. That is not to say that they don’t take 72 in a 45 seriously, because they do, it’s just that 100 mph and above gets extra attention.

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Brannon

Posted Sep 01, 2020 at 15:29:21

Sean,

I am from South Carolina and was pulled over today in Hall County Georgia and was following traffic on a conference call with work and although I don’t believe I was doing the speed listed, the officer wrote me a citation for section code 40-6-181 Speeding (71 in a 45) 26 over. From what I read it looks like it is a 4 point ticket with fines ranging from $150 to $500. What all can I expect from this? Will other charges be added or will it only be Speeding? Also, could I hire someone from your firm to represent me in my absence to keep from losing points?

Thank you,

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Emilie

Posted Sep 01, 2020 at 17:05:26

Hi Sean,

I was just stopped when I started going up in speed.
Since I was going up, I did not see exactly what I was driving. The officer said 53 mph in a 30 mph zone. Yet, after coming home, I see that the ticket says 55 mph and that makes the speeding between 24-33.
I am 30 and it is my first ticket in Georgia.

What should I do?

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Posted Sep 02, 2020 at 07:15:21

You should get a traffic defense lawyer who handles cases for the court where your ticket is headed. The lawyer may be able to work out a reduction of speed to reduce or eliminate the points you could incur. Your comment does not say what court the case will go to.

It will help that you have a clean record. You may have to do a defensive driving course or some type of intervention program.

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Posted Sep 02, 2020 at 07:20:51

I do not handle cases in Hall County, so I can’t confirm their fines for that speed. A traffic defense lawyer in Gainesville may be able to get you some relief on the speed, which may save some points.

Because you have a SC license, GA will not set your points. SC will assess points. Online resources indicate that this speed will win you 6 points against your SC license.

It will probably be well worth the money to pay a lawyer if that person can get that speed down some. SC gives 2 points for the first mile over the speed limit. Unless the charge is amended to a non-driving points offense (under SC system), you would likely end up with at least 2 points.

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Diquize Johnson

Posted Sep 02, 2020 at 10:57:43

Hey Sean
I was just stopped going 91 in a 70 in Dublin GA. Will that come with a super speeders fee?

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Posted Sep 03, 2020 at 08:17:02

Yes, it will. 85 mph on a four plus lane highway (which is indicated by the 70 mph limit). To avoid that $200 fee on top of any court fines and fees, you will need a reduction to 84 mph or below. That would also make it a zero point offense if you hold a Georgia driver’s license.

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James laird

Posted Sep 20, 2020 at 13:32:30

I got a speeding ticket doing 126mph in a 70mph. I am asking is that a felony in Lawrence like Georgia ? Yes I am going to hire an attorney. How much would it cost for a great attorney

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Posted Sep 21, 2020 at 08:01:27

Speeding by itself is not a felony anywhere in Georgia, inside or outside of Lawrenceville. It is a speed is likely to get significant attention, be quite expensive and involve punishment/education/community service beyond a standard fine. You should look into hiring an attorney near there. I do not practice in Gwinnett County so I cannot answer your question about fees.

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Tiara

Posted Sep 22, 2020 at 21:45:02

Hello I got a ticket for going 84 in a 55. This is my first ticket ever and I am nervous about what to expect. I live in Alabama so how will this ticket affect my insurance as well? I know the ticket plus the super speeder fee is a lot so should I try to fight the ticket? I am to far away to drive back for court so what should I do?

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Posted Sep 23, 2020 at 06:47:01

You should talk to a traffic lawyer who handles cases in the court where your ticket will go. I am not sure where that was.

A lawyer may be able to get a reduction of speed to bring it under super speeder and reduce license points. Or, they may be able to get the charge reduced to a non-moving violation of some kind, which would keep it off your record.

License points are determined by your licensure state. So, with an Alabama license, The Alabama Department of Public Safety website indicates that a speeding ticket from 1 to 25 mph over the posted limit incurs 2 points.

Based on that, your best outcome would be a non-moving violation which would incur no points. Second best outcome would be a reduction to Speeding 74/55 which will avoid the Georgia super speeder fees of $200. It will still net you 2 points in Alabama. If that second outcome is acceptable to you, you might call the court clerk first, some courts will agree to a 10 mile speed reduction pretty easily. It can’t hurt to ask.

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Posted Sep 23, 2020 at 10:23:08

You would need to speak to an Alabama attorney about that. I am not familiar with the program.

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Latavyia Jones

Posted Sep 24, 2020 at 00:31:05

Hi I am 20 years old and have recently received a super speeder ticket i know it’ll come with a extra $200 fine but will it affects my license in any way? And if so is there a way i can do probation and/or community service to help?.

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Posted Sep 24, 2020 at 07:24:14

The fact that it is super speeder does not give me enough information.

Assuming that you are a Georgia licensee and you are under 21, a four point or more offense can have license repercussions. For a speeding offense, that would mean 24 mph or more over the posted speed limit. Your past driving history can also be a factor that can trigger problems.

You should definitely do a consultation with a traffic lawyer who handles the court that your case will be pending in.

If you are on a parent or someone else’s insurance, you definitely do not want a surprise suspension, because that can cause insurance consequences to everyone on the policy.

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Latavyia Jones

Posted Sep 24, 2020 at 11:29:23

It was an 100 in a 70 and i do have a Georgia license but I’m on my own insurance do you recommend any traffic lawyer i can contact?

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Posted Sep 25, 2020 at 05:54:23

I do not know what court your ticket is pending in.

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Moataz Alasadi

Posted Sep 27, 2020 at 19:37:07

I was pulled over by MCCD officer claiming I was doing 81 in 55 zone, on a rainy day and heading in a curve. He called in a sheriff and introduce the sheriff by name only. I saw the sheriff when handled the ticket and my DL. He said here is your ticket and DL and here is the information for the court appearance date and time have a good day. No signing of the ticket anything and went on his way. I could not even talk to any of the officer about there is no way I was going that fast with that conditions and an 18 wheeler headwind the other way at a curve

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Posted Sep 28, 2020 at 06:04:02

Some MCCD officers are equipped with a camera-augmented speed detection system which gives them a screen capture of the vehicle and the speed. Not sure if this one had that or not.

Possible defenses depend on the speed detection technology used, but many times these cases are resolved by adjustments to miles per hour. That depends in part on your state of license.

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Johnny montano

Posted Oct 01, 2020 at 21:21:03

Hey I was pulled over in the city of cumming for 63 in a 35 and the officer was nice enough to drop it to 49 in a 35 will this report to my insurance company

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Kee G.

Posted Oct 02, 2020 at 17:11:12

Hey what did they give you for driving that fast. I’m in the same situation with my son. He 18 n was going 118 in a 65.We in ga as well

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xx

Posted Oct 02, 2020 at 23:42:14

Good morning, I just received a ticket on going 102 in a 70 mph zone on the interstate. I’m 18 and I have only had my license for a few months and I’m not sure of the effects the ticket will have on my insurance or driving privileges.

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bridget

Posted Oct 03, 2020 at 09:11:55

Hello I was pulled over a couple months ago (court kept getting pushed back because of covid) going 20 over in a 25 mph neighborhood. will i go to jail and if not how much do you think my ticket will be. i was 17 at the time and it was in roswell

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Posted Oct 07, 2020 at 07:43:38

You would need to speak to someone who handles cases in Roswell.

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Posted Oct 07, 2020 at 07:44:26

It depends on your age and state of licensure whether it will have an effect beyond points and Super Speeder fee.

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Posted Oct 07, 2020 at 07:46:21

If you have a Georgia license, the clerk is not required to transmit the disposition at that speed to DDS. If it was transmitted, it is a zero point offense, but could still effect your insurance rates. Georgia does not have significant regulations of how auto insurers raise their rates.

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Posted Oct 12, 2020 at 06:31:04

I am not familiar with that court.

Yes, 17-year-olds can go to their court on their own, not that that is a great idea.

Speed is zero points, so no license repercussions. Check with court about fine. Courts are not always familiar with that limitation. There may also be some other types of punishment employed with a young person, like community service, education, essays, etc.

The court will sometimes reduce the fine when requiring other actions on a young person’s part.

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Posted Oct 14, 2020 at 10:36:47

Defensive driving will not eliminate or reduce the suspension consequence of a 4-point or greater traffic offense. It does reduce points.

More importantly, it may help in negotiations by an attorney representing him to get the speed lowered so that it is not a 4-point offense.

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Anon

Posted Oct 16, 2020 at 17:38:18

Hello I need help. I’m 18 and got a speeding ticket for doing 100 in a 70 on the interstate in Dooly County and this is my first ticket. I know its bad. But I only speed up when I pass semi’s because they were swaying in and out of lanes. And I slow down to the limit once I pass them I do not “speed” unless necessary. And I lost a parent to a reckless driver so I do understand the possible consequences for my actions. I have my own insurance (which is already high) and I am a college student. But I have an app on my phone that tells my top speed over a duration of time and it says 96 (I know that’s still bad). Is there a point in trying to fight the case? Are there any other consequences that I might face? Will my license be suspended? I’m already on a budget is there possibly anything I could do?

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Posted Oct 19, 2020 at 06:54:03

I do not handle cases in Dooly County, but you need a lawyer who does.

Passing another vehicle is not a legal excuse to exceed the speed limit.

The app on your phone should have a long list of disclosures somewhere about its accuracy level. It can be low or high from the actual speed. While the radar or laser speed detection device used by the officer also has a margin of error; its margin is much narrower than your app. It also has met all the evidentiary standards for its reading to be admissible in court, whereas your app likely has not.

If you are a Georgia driver, this speed is high enough to have license suspension consequences. It will also trigger a Georgia super speeder fee of $200 in addition to any court fines and requirements.

A lawyer may be able to help you get a reduced speed or offense to avoid some or all of those consequences. It will still likely cost you plenty of fine money.

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Anna Rogers

Posted Oct 25, 2020 at 20:06:27

Greetings,
I got a speeding ticket in Lumpkin county. I was leaving North Georgia College after Army training weekend and was clocked at 66 in a 45 going down a steep hill. I have a Florida drivers license, and if the fine is over $200 I have to report it to my chain of command and get a waiver from the army. What are the repercussions for a Florida driver, doing 21 over, and I’m over the age of 30 without a ticket in about a decade?

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Posted Oct 26, 2020 at 05:56:35

I do not regularly handle cases in Dahlonega, so I can only speak generally.

It is not fast enough to trigger super speeder. So, with the Georgia court, it is just fine money.

Florida can and will assess points based on the speed. That can also mean higher insurance costs.

It is probably in your interest to talk to someone who handles cases in that court. If it can be reduced to non-reporting, that may save you some insurance dollars, even if you pay more total given attorney fees.

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Johnathan Overstreet

Posted Oct 28, 2020 at 05:25:43

Hi so this is my first speeding ticket and he stated I was going 101 in a 65 on the highway. I wasn’t paying attention to the speed I was going so I don’t know for sure if I was going that fast. I was just wondering what the fine would be and the consequences. Any help would be appreciated it and the city is Augusta,ga

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Posted Oct 28, 2020 at 06:28:24

In Georgia, fines are generally set by the particular court, and even the particular judge. When you have a speed over 100 mph, the judge sometimes does not have a scheduled fine amount and sets it based on individual circumstances. The fine in that situation can be up to $1,000 base fine, before surcharges and court costs. You should consult with a lawyer who handles cases in that court.

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Posted Nov 04, 2020 at 04:55:24

If you are a Georgia driver, it will put points on your license, which could lead to increased insurance rates. Three years of increased rates will likely exceed what it might cost to try to get the speed reduced.

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Henry

Posted Nov 07, 2020 at 23:58:27

Hello Sean, I was recently cited for going 64 mph on a 45 mph road in Omega, GA. That was my first time speeding offense, so I was expecting a fine of $150, but I was issued a fine of $215. I have already paid the fine but is there a way I can context the fine? Also, I was put on probation until I complete a defensive drivers cass. The probation officer noted that I could take any defensive class online and get the waiver, but other sources tell me it must be in-person taken at specified schools, of which none was noted on the forms I received. I am quite confused and wanted to get your advice on how to address the issue.

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Posted Nov 09, 2020 at 06:03:43

Any cap on a first-time speeding offense sets the base fine only. There are still typically about 35% in surcharges on top of the fine amount. Some courts disregard the limitations of OCGA 40-6-1, and some do not even know about them. Your fine amount does not seem terribly out of whack. Particularly if you are currently on probation, now is not the time to rock the boat.

The defensive driving class typically must meet the standards of the the Georgia DDS. Historically, that also meant “in person.” These days, “in person” includes attendance by video-conferencing software. Most courts do not accept or approve doing defensive driving by just watching a video replay.

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Razia

Posted Nov 12, 2020 at 12:07:55

Hey Sean, I just was given a speeding ticket in Johns Creek while picking up my son from school. The officer says he clocked me at 53 in a 35, but there is no way. The main road had some decent traffic and I was accelerating from A red light when he got me. I was watching my speedometer and it did not go above 40. With the amount of traffic, there is no way anyone could have gone above 45. Further, the officer wrote LTI 496.6 ft which could not have happened until I was waiting in traffic again and not moving. Any suggestions?

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Posted Nov 12, 2020 at 12:36:36

Without some hard evidence that you were not going that speed, i.e. dashcam that shows your actual speed at the time, the defenses of impossibility or officer mistake rarely prevail in speeding cases. Your best bet is to find a lawyer who practices in Johns Creek to strike a deal to keep it off your license. They may have a pretrial diversion program, but I am not down there to be able to tell you for sure.

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Madison

Posted Nov 21, 2020 at 08:08:27

Hello Sean,
I’m a college student that was returning home for break when I was cited coming off of a down hill slope at about 93 in a 70 in Treutlen, GA. I’m hoping for the $150 fine, but based off of what’s been said above I fear that probably won’t happen. What should I expect and is there anything I need to do? The is my first ticketed offense anywhere and I’m stressing because me and my family are tight on money.

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Posted Nov 23, 2020 at 06:58:18

You should speak to a lawyer who handles cases in that area, which would not be me. It may be an upfront expense to hire a lawyer but it will likely save you money over the next three years in possible increased insurance costs.

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Eliza

Posted Nov 29, 2020 at 14:18:46

Hi. I just got a ticket in Jenkins County GA for going 81 in a 45. I had just gotten off the Highway where the speed limit posted was higher and was in the process of braking to get closer to 45 since I was entering a non-highway area. He clocked me with a radar and after researching how much these tickets are, I’m realizing I’m going to be paying at least $700 since going 36 over the limit is considered a super speeder. I’m 19 and turn 20 before the posted court date, but would it be better for me to go to court instead of just paying the fines? With 6 points on my record, will they suspend my license since I’m under 21? What can I expect if I go to court and plead guilty? I’ve only ever gotten one ticket before this and that was for “driving in the gore” in Gwinnett County. I went to court for that ticket and my fine was reduced to $50.

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Posted Nov 30, 2020 at 05:08:06

Under 21 yo with a Georgia license, any ticket that would cause 4 or more points to your license will cause a suspension. That will cause repercussions to your insurance rates for three years even when you do get your license back.

Your best bet is to hire a lawyer who handles cases in that court and let him or her try to get the speed reduced a bunch. You will probably have to do some classes, possibly some community service, possibly an impact panel, etc. If you are a student, they may want to see grades, etc. Honestly, the $200 super speeder fee is the least of your concerns.

Your second choice is to go to court without a lawyer and beg for mercy.

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Landon

Posted Dec 04, 2020 at 07:36:13

Hey I was pulled over this morning in Emerson, GA (Bartow County) and he clocked me in at 84 in an 55 he even showed me the gun and it said 84 he then wrote me down for 86. I saw my speedometer and I was only going 81. I slowed down to the speed limit before I passed him. I’m 16 and I was on my way to school and didn’t want to be late and a friend called me very upset and I wanted to help him out. This is my first speeding ticket, so is there any way I could reduce the fine or not get 4 points off my license and not get my license suspended. I thought I was doing the right thing by going to help out my friend.

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Posted Dec 07, 2020 at 06:25:18

If you have a Georgia license, this is a three-point offense. It is not a super speeder ticket, because it is on a non-four lane highway and is under 75 mph.

We can usually get some adjustment to the speed in Rabun County to avoid the points, but you would have to pay the court fines and fees. If you want a lawyer to assist you, you should not pay those fines and fees online. Doing so will be treated as a guilty plea to the cited speed.

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Posted Dec 07, 2020 at 06:32:10

I do not go to Bartow County. I assume that a lawyer down in that area could probably help you . Even if you are in a hurry, you should slow down under the speed limit. Especially with an under 21 license in Georgia, there can be major repercussions to any ticket to your license and your parents’ or guardians’ insurance. You need to make your parents aware that you got this ticket and get their help.

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Bryan

Posted Dec 07, 2020 at 18:07:16

Hi Sean,

Was wondering if you could help me out with my case. I got issued a speeding ticket 6 months ago for going 87 in a 65. The officer was nice enough to reduce the speed to a 75 in a 65. My ticket says I owe $39. This happened in Cobb county in Atlanta. The code section on the ticket is: 40-6-181

I’m wondering: would it be better to just pay the $39 fine? How much more could a traffic attorney do in my case? What would you do? This would be my first offense (on file) if I paid it. I had a previous speeding ticket a year earlier that I used an attorney for who got it off my record.

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Posted Dec 08, 2020 at 07:32:54

I do not think a lawyer could do much to improve this ticket. It is currently no points and no super speeder and no reporting, plus the fine is cheap. Take your medicine on this one.

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Posted Dec 08, 2020 at 11:54:09

It is pretty expensive, but it is a non-reporting offense that is a non-moving, and therefore non-points, offense. They are not collecting the super speeder fee for the state, they are collecting it for the county.

It should not affect your insurance or your license, just your pocketbook. They are hopeful that the cost will cause you to slow down.

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Madison

Posted Dec 09, 2020 at 01:51:45

Hi, I got pulled over recently going 76 in a 55 in Fairmount, GA. I’m aware that it’s a super speeder. I have my citation but it’s not pulling up online for me to pay it, although the officer said I could pay it online. I’ve talked to some of my friends who have been in similar situations and they said it’s taken up to two weeks for their citations to become payable online, is this my situation? Also, will I need to go to court or could I outright pay my ticket and how much is the ticket going to be? I’m also 20 years old.

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Posted Dec 09, 2020 at 07:09:17

Many courts will grant you a speed reduction to bring it under super speeder, with or without a lawyer. Most courts have special rules regarding under-21 drivers, who may trigger suspensions because of their license class.

Your best best is to get a traffic lawyer who handles that court. Second choice is to go yourself and ask nicely for some relief.

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Ana

Posted Dec 09, 2020 at 14:41:38

Hello, I was hoping you could help me out with this. I just recently switched insurance companies and took a defensive driving course yesterday. Today, I got a ticket for going 67 on a 45 zone. Do you know if this is considered a super speeder? Also, will this affect my new insurance? Will I get any points added and if so will the defensive driving course that I did yesterday help with those points?

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Posted Dec 10, 2020 at 05:25:10

For a Georgia licensee, 22 over will give 3 points on the license. That likely would increase insurance rates. You should consult a traffic attorney who handles cases in the court where your ticket will end up to see if there are other alternatives to just pleading guilty to the offense.

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Lauren

Posted Dec 24, 2020 at 03:46:18

I got a ticket this morning going 75 in a 55 on a two lane road. Would it be worth it to go to court and try to get it reduced below super speeder?

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Taylor Ferreira

Posted Dec 28, 2020 at 06:20:43

Hello – I’m from Florida, was driving through Glenn County on 95n and was stopped doing 88mph while marked speed limit was 70mph. Can you explain to me what fines I can expect? I have read about super speeder fine is that what I am considered? This will be my first ticket received in Georgia and have not had a speeding ticket for at least 5 years. There is no fine on the citation that I received. Is it worth hiring a traffic lawyer to fight my case and possibly get the court to withhold adjudication? Thanks for all your help it is much appreciated!

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Posted Dec 28, 2020 at 06:23:03

I am very far away from Glynn County. You would do better to speak to some lawyers in Brunswick. It is a super speeder offense, which means that unless you do something to get the speed lowered, you will pay a $200 fee on top of any court fines and fees. A lawyer may be able to get a reduced speed or a reduced charge to avoid points on your Florida license.

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Posted Dec 28, 2020 at 07:15:12

You should speak to a lawyer who handles cases in that court.

If you don’t get a lawyer, you should call the office of the court and inquire and, yes, go to court on your own if not. It could save you $200 and points.

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Kevin

Posted Dec 29, 2020 at 09:55:16

Hello Sean. Thank you for doing this. I got stopped for a 58 in a 45 in Millen on a 2 lane road. I have a FL License. Never been given a ticket in GA. The courts say I owe 250. Does this seem right to you? I thought it would be 100. Thank you.

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Kevin

Posted Dec 30, 2020 at 04:45:53

Hello. I was going 58 in a 45 on a 2 lane road in Millen GA. I have a FL license. The ticket says I owe 250? I have never gotten ticket in GA before so I thought it would be 100. Does this seem correct? Thank you.

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Posted Dec 30, 2020 at 07:03:03

As my website states, my experience is that very few courts are aware of or abide by the fine maximums set for first speeding offenses that are set out in OCGA 40-6-1.

You seem to draw a distinction about having a first ticket in Georgia. I do not read OCGA 40-6-1 as saying a first speeding ticket in Georgia; it is a first speeding ticket, period. If you have a prior speeding ticket in some other state, then the fine caps would not apply to you.

If the fine cap does apply in your situation, then it is something you should ask the court about.

However, since 13 over, if reported, will put points on a Florida license, you may want to have an attorney try to work out some other disposition to avoid those points, even if it means that you pay the higher fine.

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Posted Dec 30, 2020 at 07:03:24

As my website states, my experience is that very few courts are aware of or abide by the fine maximums set for first speeding offenses that are set out in OCGA 40-6-1.

You seem to draw a distinction about having a first ticket in Georgia. I do not read OCGA 40-6-1 as saying a first speeding ticket in Georgia; it is a first speeding ticket, period. If you have a prior speeding ticket in some other state, then the fine caps would not apply to you.

If the fine cap does apply in your situation, then it is something you should ask the court about.

However, since 13 over, if reported, will put points on a Florida license, you may want to have an attorney try to work out some other disposition to avoid those points, even if it means that you pay the higher fine.

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Tish

Posted Dec 31, 2020 at 20:23:08

My daughter was given a citation on Interstate 75 going 94 in a 70 mph zone. However, that portion of the Interstate was located within a city limits and she received the citation from a city officer. When she checked the charge online to pay, the cost of the ticket was $869. My question is, is there a cap as to what local jurisdictions are allowed to charge on speeding tickets? $869 seems ridiculously high. I will also note that she wasn’t given a “super speeder” citation. The only charge received was for speeding.

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Preston

Posted Jan 03, 2021 at 16:06:48

I got pulled today by GSP in Spalding County for 103 in a 65 in my personal vehicle. The Trooper was professional and pleasant and told me he clocked me the other way on a split 4 Lane. This isn’t my first rodeo in Spalding but it is my first triple digit. In the last 3 years I’ve had only a over 4mph in a CMV in Maryland. Last ticket in Spalding was in ’14 for 84 in a 55. I have a CDL and a legal defense plan that will provide a local attorney. My question is, given the circumstances, what is the likelihood I can get this dropped to a non reporting violation with original fines?

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Posted Jan 04, 2021 at 06:14:52

Especially with a CDL, please slow down. I am not familiar with Spalding’s judge, so I can’t tell you. Talk to the local attorney, and they will tell you what they can do.

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Posted Jan 04, 2021 at 06:22:56

If this was a first ever speeding offense for your daughter, then OCGA 40-6-1 limits the base fine for 24+ mph over the limit to $500. With court costs and surcharges, that could still end up being in the neighborhood you describe. If it is not a first ever speeding offense, then the limit is up to $1,000 base fine before surcharges, etc.

One does not get a super speeder ticket. One gets a letter from the State requiring payment of a $200 fee to the state when a speeding ticket is disposed of which meets the criteria. For an interstate ticket, that would be 85 mph or greater speed. There is an opportunity to avoid that additional fee at this point by hiring a traffic lawyer to try to get the speed changed or the ticket diverted. That may require completion of some education requirements, etc.

I don’t handle any jurisdictions that are on Interstate 75.

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Ren

Posted Jan 09, 2021 at 06:24:50

Hi Sean, thank you for being active and answering everyone’s question. I have a weird trivia question:
My daughter recently moved to Georgia, and I lived there 30 years ago. I remember if you got pulled over for speeding, and the officer wrote a ticket, the officer would keep your physical license and staple it to his copy of the ticket, and you would get it back when you satisfied it. If you got pulled over in the meantime, you would use your copy of the speeding ticket as your ID. Do you remember this? Is that still the case?

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Malcom

Posted Jan 09, 2021 at 16:55:06

Good evening Sir. I was pulled over today going 79 in a 55 zone in Chatham county Savannah. I have a Hawaiian driving license and I am currently stationed in Georgia. I was wondering if I should get an attorney to possibly keep this ticket off my driving record to avoid an insurance premium hike. This is my first ticket since my last one in 2017. Thank you for your time.

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Malcom

Posted Jan 09, 2021 at 17:02:45

My apologies Sean I made a mistake in my last post. My ticket was for going 69 in a 55 zone.

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ronaldo

Posted Jan 09, 2021 at 21:47:59

I’m 16 yrs old with a Class D and I got pulled over yesterday At Monroe County by a sheriff on the interstate and he said he “clocked me at 87” on a 70mph highway, but on the paper it is listed at 89. The violation code is listed as 40-6-181. Does that fall under the super-speeder category? And also, what fines can I expect? I am also under my father’s insurance.

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Tory

Posted Jan 10, 2021 at 09:58:53

I am 18 years old with a provisional driver’s license. I got pulled over on December 11, 2021 in Henry County doing 86 in a 55. The offense is speeding 29-33 over the posted limit. I am scheduled for virtual court via Zoom, tomorrow, January 11, 2021 at 1:30 PM. Please help. I am terrified. What do I need? What do I do?

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Posted Jan 11, 2021 at 05:50:03

Anything 24 mph or move over the limit is a 4 point offense which can suspend a provisional driver’s license. You need to talk to a lawyer who handles traffic cases in Henry County. There is a possibility that you will be offered some type of diversion program which will save your license in Zoom court. If not, you need to request time to hire an attorney.

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Posted Jan 11, 2021 at 05:56:05

You need to talk to your father about this ticket.

This will put points on your license. This one by itself would not suspend you, but it puts you on the edge.

It is a “super speeder” ticket, so if you plead to that speed, it will cause you to receive another bill for $200 on top of the court fines and fees, which if you do not pay will suspend your license.

You may be eligible for some type of diversion program through the juvenile court to avoid a conviction.

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Posted Jan 11, 2021 at 05:57:23

69 in a 55, as you corrected, is a zero-point offense if you were a Georgia driver. A lawyer might be able to get it reduced to defective equipment or some other non-driving offense.

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Posted Jan 11, 2021 at 05:59:51

At that time, they would hold the license for a more serious offense like DUI. This led to a law enforcement practice of holding a person’s license up with a light behind it to see if there were staple holes. It was like a super-easy records check. The legislature made it clear that they did not want licenses being stapled any more. Licenses are not held for speeding tickets, then or now.

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Ren

Posted Jan 11, 2021 at 09:27:02

Yes! I remember now! They took my license for DUI, and you could tell if someone had a DUI if they had staple holes in their license. Thanks, Sean!

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Fernando

Posted Jan 12, 2021 at 14:31:04

So today I got stopped by GSP on a bypass posted 55mph he got me at 81

I don’t want my license taken away and I don’t want points can that happen or will it happen it’s my first ticket and my first offense I have a clean record will a judge see that don’t take my license away and put points and just pay the fine or what can happen ?

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Posted Jan 13, 2021 at 06:13:09

Unless you are under 21 years old or have a license from a tough state like North Carolina, that speed is usually not enough to trigger a license suspension. Take a defensive driving course. Then, either yourself or, preferably with an attorney, ask for a speed or offense reduction or a diversion.

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Mark

Posted Jan 16, 2021 at 08:34:30

I got a ticket in Franklin County for going 84 in a 70. I am from North Carolina and the officer said it was a non-reporting violation. Will this affect my insurance rate at all? Do I have to appear in court if I pay the fine?

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Mellisa Williams

Posted Jan 16, 2021 at 09:33:24

My 22 year old son was traveling from Florida to North Carolina and got a speeding ticket in Kingsland Ga. It was for 95 in a 70 Super Speeder. I am looking for any information that can help him. Such as…Does he have to go to court for this?, Is he able to take a driving class so the points won’t go on his license and if so will that eliminate the affect on his insurance? Should he get a lawyer and if so what might that cost? Also, anything else that might help. Thank You so much for anything you can tell us that might help.

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Tyler

Posted Jan 17, 2021 at 22:58:38

Hey Sean,

I’m 19 years old and was clocked going 65/40 on a two-lane road. I know that it’s not a super speeder, but I a aware that it’s a 4 point offense. I was just wondering the likelihood of me getting my license suspended. I know I’m in the parameters of getting it suspended, but was wondering if there’s a big chance that the judge will show me grace and just make me pay the fine. I’m a first time offender and I really need my license because I’m a college student that has to work and drive 2 hours back home to visit my parents. Thank you.

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Posted Jan 18, 2021 at 06:34:18

Georgia drivers under the age of 21 years have restricted license.

For those under 18 years of age, any combination of points totaling 4 points can cause a suspension.

For those 18-21 years of age, a 4 point offense will cause a suspension.

Since those persons are very likely to share insurance with parents or guardians, it is a very serious matter which can have a drastic effect on insurance rates not just for the under-21 driver, but also for those parents or guardians.

You need a lawyer. You need a reduction of speed or a diversion of this ticket. You need to discuss this with your parents.

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Posted Jan 18, 2021 at 08:39:23

You will need to speak to a lawyer down in that area. I am over six hours away from there.

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Posted Jan 18, 2021 at 08:41:38

If you have a Georgia license, it is a zero point offense and is not normally reported, assuming it was not in a commercial motor vehicle. Automobile insurance is not strictly regulated in Georgia, so I cannot tell you whether or how much it would affect your rates if the insurance company found out about it. If it is not reported, there is little likelihood that they would find out about it, but it is not impossible.

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Posted Jan 18, 2021 at 08:44:42

It is possible that it could report since you are an out-of-state driver. If it does report to North Carolina, you will likely have a major problem, i.e. suspension.

Call my office.

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Richard

Posted Jan 20, 2021 at 20:34:56

I got a citation for driving 20 over on a 70 mph highhway in Douglasville. Does that fall under reckless driving?

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Posted Jan 21, 2021 at 05:41:50

Not necessarily. For some unknown reason, some officers think that a certain number of miles per hour equals adding a reckless driving charge. That is wrong. One conduct element does not support two charges; it is one or the other: speeding or reckless. But, if there is other driving conduct which occurs with the speeding, then it is possible that both charges can be supported. For instance, weaving in and out of traffic, etc.

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Eric Adams

Posted Jan 27, 2021 at 05:08:17

I was pulled over in henry county, Georgia on 75s for speeding the officer gave me a ticket that says I was doing between 24 and 33 MI over the speed limit the ticket also stays that he used a laser detection device I know that I wasn’t doing 24 to 33 miles over the speed limit because I always set my cruise control to the speed limit I called the courts and asked how much was the ticket they said $500 I don’t have $500 to pay for a speeding ticket that I know I didn’t do what can I do I do not have money for a lawyer what can I do I need help please

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John

Posted Jan 27, 2021 at 15:27:30

I had a ticket about 6 years ago in ga. I live out of state and lost the ticket. I tried everything to find out where it was so I could pay it and get away from it. I was unsuccessful and later license went on hold I got a letter from my state to get ahold of those people. I paid the ticket and paid to get a reinstated license. Everything was good and now I received a call from a creditor saying that I owed $200 super speader fine. Again having issues on whoo can get in contact with to pay the state since I need to travel to florida and I have to drive through the state. Any advice on who I can contact?

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Posted Jan 28, 2021 at 06:32:42

Super Speeder fees are normally paid directly to the Department of Drivers Services. You should be able to call their main customer service line and they can direct you to the right place.

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Posted Jan 28, 2021 at 07:38:46

The ticket should say the precise speed reading from the laser device. The description of 24-33 mph over is reflecting the points level. As well, this would be a Super Speeder offense, so if you plead guilty or just pay the fine, you will then get a bill from the state for $200 for that classification. If you do not render that $200 unto the state, they will suspend your license.

You really need an attorney to help you get that speed down. Yes, it will cost more, but it will save money over the long haul in terms of insurance premiums. Pay now or pay later, your choice.

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Jay

Posted Jan 29, 2021 at 10:49:57

This is something that I have been contemplating for about a month now. However, I must make a decision because my time for the ticket to be paid is no later than March 20. Anyhow my concerns and questions are as follows: I was traveling home through Broxton, GA (Coffee County) last month December 2020 and as I was coming into the city limit the police stopped me. Now I will admit I was going a tad over the limit may be by 5 or 20 mph at the most due to an emergency I was trying to attend to which I mentioned and proved, yet, I hadn’t realized until days later that the officer wrote me for was traveling 120 mph in a 45 mph zone, there is absolutely no way I was traveling at such a speed-I don’t even believe my car gets to that speed. Anyhow, he didn’t write me a reckless driving ticket just the speeding one which is another thing that confused me once I realized how he wrote it considering he wrote the ticket at such a high-speed. I was considering hiring a lawyer to help me at least get the ticket reduced because from articles I read online and other legal counsels as I have come to understand it is hard to prove that a ticket speed was incorrectly written once cited. My issue and concern are this if I do hire an attorney to try and reduce this for me what is the chance that I am still hit with a reckless driving ticket and convicted of jail time? In your professional opinion would you recommend paying the ticket as is or for me to go off of my initial consideration and hire a legal defense?
Thanks, J

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Posted Feb 01, 2021 at 05:43:19

First, speed alone should not equal an additional ticket for reckless driving. Speed is speeding unless something else about the driving in combination with the speeding could be regarded as reckless of persons or property.

Second, both speeding and reckless driving are misdemeanors in Georgia. Misdemeanors carry up to 12 months in jail or prison and up to a $1,000 fine. So, you could get jail time on the speeding. The court does not need an additional ticket to send you to jail if the court thinks that is appropriate. It is almost never appropriate for a speeding ticket.

Third, I don’t go to Coffee County, so I can’t tell you anything about the court or the law enforcement, etc. I do think a 120 mph speeding ticket would stand out. Most officers would spend a significant amount of time chewing you out once they caught up to you if you were going 120 mph. If an officer handed me a ticket that I expected to say 65 in a 45, but it said 120 in a 45, I would have asked some questions.

A lawyer that goes to that court will be able to better advise you, but I would think that there would be a dashcam video of the stop that could be obtained. How long it took for him or her to catch up would be very important.

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Nicole

Posted Feb 03, 2021 at 21:24:57

Hello Sean. I was recently pulled over for going 49 in a 25 Mph in Grovetown, GA. Is that considered a super speeder? My ticket is $500. I feel like that is outrageously expensive. Would I be able to get it reduced?

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Posted Feb 04, 2021 at 05:43:29

It is not a super speeder offense.

I am not familiar with Grovetown. While $500 is expensive, you were going nearly double the speed limit. You would need to talk to someone more familiar with Grovetown to find out how the judge is with fines.

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Binh Dang

Posted Feb 06, 2021 at 17:44:53

Hello Sean,
I was recently pulled over for 91 in a 75mph on I-85 of Coweta County. I paid the ticket already. Then now, I got the super speeder fee of $200. What should I do to not increase the car insurance? Should I paid $200 or look for a reduction? Thanks.

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YAN

Posted Feb 07, 2021 at 17:48:28

Hello Sean. My brother was pull over for going 50 in 30 urban road in Forsyth County. Like how many points for that also last year he had license suspended for hit and run. He took a defensive class.

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Posted Feb 08, 2021 at 05:17:49

It is a 3 point offense. It does not sound like the defensive driving course made much of an impression on him.

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Posted Feb 08, 2021 at 05:20:54

By paying the fine already, you essentially plead guilty. It is only a 2 point offense, but it does trigger the super speeder fee. There is no negotiating that fee. You have to pay it. If you do not, your license will be suspended.

Car insurance premiums are set by the insurer based on your driving record. The ticket is now part of your record. Depending on how long ago you paid the fine, it might be possible for a lawyer to undo the conviction and try to unwind the super speeder as well. But, it would be more expensive than it would have been to have just gotten a lawyer in the first place.

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Bob Bennington

Posted Feb 08, 2021 at 18:27:50

Hi Sean! Just got a video speeding ticket from the city for speeding in a school zone. School was not yet back in session. Is the video speeding ticket allowed in ALL situations or just school zones? Thanks!

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Posted Feb 09, 2021 at 06:09:03

I think the answer you want is found in OCGA 40-14-18(a)(1):

The speed limit within any school zone as provided for in Code Section 40-14-8 and marked pursuant to Code Section 40-14-6 may be enforced by using photographically recorded images for violations which occurred only on a school day during the time in which instructional classes are taking place and one hour before such classes are scheduled to begin and for one hour after such classes have concluded when such violations are in excess of ten miles per hour over the speed limit.

Check the school schedule.

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Michael Foland

Posted Feb 10, 2021 at 11:21:33

My Dad was pulled over in Dooly County, GA on the 7th of this month (February). He was allegedly doing 85 in a posted 70. The officer stated he got my Dad doing 85, but was hidden somewhere. My dad was in the middle lane and had other cars passing him. He was looking at his speedometer and was going 75. To top it off, my dad was driving my car. Being Florida Residents, we were passing through. I was reading up the speed law. What will this end up costing? It should be worth noting, that the police marked Laser, so I know the LIDAR is car specific. However, what is the chances that the officer could have zapped another car, and pulled over my dad, especially if the cars were the same in color?

Thanks!

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Posted Feb 10, 2021 at 11:26:56

Your best focus will be finding a lawyer down there to argue for and obtain a speed or offense reduction for him. DIsproving the speeding car identification is very time-consuming and expensive. If the speed is not reduced, this will be a super speeder offense which will cost him $200 on top of the court fines and fees.

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Andrea

Posted Feb 20, 2021 at 21:09:44

Hi Sean, i just got pulled over for the first time and my speedometer is currently broken. i was trying to head home before i got pulled over. he told me that the radar caught me going 67 in a 45 but it’s a 55 down 78. i’m well aware of the traffic laws and they’ve been pretty harsh on speeding especially around the high school. i’m just wondering about how much i’m gonna be paying for this because i live in Loganville.

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Aaron Smith

Posted Feb 22, 2021 at 05:59:00

I received a ticket for going 120 in 1-75 in Lawrenceville, GA. I am required to appear in court soon; is it possible that I will be arrested in court or will I be able to just pay the ticket?

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Posted Feb 22, 2021 at 11:13:29

I-75 does not pass through Lawrenceville. Maybe you mean I-85? In any case, I do not handle cases in Gwinnett County. It is a very high speed, so I cannot rule out jail time. More likely is being put on probation, being ordered to pay a fine, and complete some educational programs.

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Larnel Francois

Posted Feb 22, 2021 at 15:42:17

Hi Sean, I was stopped going 91 on 55 in Lawrenceville, GA. I am 20 years old. That day I got pulled over I had just gotten a negative test for Covid so could leave quarantine which I had been in for 2 weeks. This was like on December 2nd so I wasn’t able to see my family because I was sick. It was late at night like 12:30 am so i wanted to finally get to my parents house. ( just for context) I have $285 fine from the court. And also I read up on my situation since this is classified as super speeder I will be receiving $200 fine from DDS on top of court fees. I was thinking about just paying the fine to get it over with so I didn’t have to go to court but I wanted to know about the points because I’m on my parents insurance. I spoke with my parents and they said plea nolo. I was wondering if you know about the nolo plea and what it would do for me? Also to mention this is my first offense of any kind with the law. Also, could you give me any advice as to what I should say to the judge to may get this reduced as this is my first time going to court.(preferably the points). I was curious if my license gets suspended is there a certain period of time it has to stay suspended or is all I have to do is pay a fee to reactivate it? Finally, should I mention my situation with covid to the judge and bring documentation of my tests as proof?

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Posted Feb 23, 2021 at 04:46:20

If you are a Georgia licensee and you have not plead nolo contendere to a traffic offense in the last five years, then it will reduce the points assessed to 20. It will not effect the points that the violation has. In this case, 26 mph over the limit is a 4 point violation. If you are a Georgia under-21 licensee, which seems to be the case, then a guilty or nolo contendere can cause a suspension of your license.

You need a traffic lawyer in Gwinnett County (I don’t go that far down) to help yu get this speed reduced, so you do not blow up your license. It’s time to stop getting advice from family and friends and get a lawyer.

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Austin Alesi

Posted Feb 23, 2021 at 22:03:20

Hello Sean, I received a speeding ticket for 103 in a 45 in Oconee County. I know super dumb of me and regret it all. I’m 21 years old and was wondering if I could use my nolo plead against this charge since I haven’t ever use it? I’m signing up for a defensive driving class before my court date. Can you give me any advice on what I should do?

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Austin Alesi

Posted Feb 23, 2021 at 22:51:45

Hello Sean, I received a ticket going 103 in a 45 in Oconee County by a GSP in my personal vehicle. I’m 21 years old and I’m a commercial refrigeration service technician. My license is my job. I know, I’m stupid to ever go that kind of speed and regret it all. I was wondering if I could use my nolo since I’ve never used it before and if it would keep it off my record. I’m thinking about signing up for a defense driving class before my court date. What kind of advice can you give me?

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Posted Feb 24, 2021 at 05:41:50

My comments back to people probably seem like a broken record (dated reference, I know) by this point. But, with that speed, it is worth your time and money to find a traffic lawyer that handles cases in that court. They will be worth the investment in the long run. On top of court fines and fees and state fees, there are insurance premiums to consider.

Since you are 21 years old, you are not at risk of license suspension, but you are at risk for a bunch of points and a Super Speeder bill for $200 on top of court fines and fees. Find a lawyer and see if that person can get the speed lowered or qualify you for a diversion program.

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Kyle

Posted Feb 24, 2021 at 15:29:14

Hello Sean,
Im 22 and i recently got a ticket for driving 65 at a 45 zone. This is actually my second ticket. My first ticket, the judge actually offered me a speed reduction and told me it would not be recorded on my driving record. I do not know if it will work out the same way for my second ticket, but i have not used my nolo plea yet. Would it be a good choice to plead nolo? I really just don’t want to have any points on my license and increase my insurance payments.

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Posted Feb 25, 2021 at 06:15:55

First choice is get an attorney and try to get it reduced.

Maybe, go to defensive driving if you haven’t already done that in the last 3 years.

Ask for a speed reduction again anyway.

Nolo contendere will save you the points but does not eliminate the possibility of insurance premium increases.

Finally, slow down. A 45 zone usually means that it is a fairly congested area with lots of driveways and cross streets. Going that speed is going to end up with someone pulling out in front of you and your not being able to stop in time.

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Posted Feb 25, 2021 at 06:17:52

Driver and vehicle owner are responsible for equipment condition at the time of operation. Get it fixed and bring a work order/receipt with you to court showing it was broken and you got it fixed. Locate the exact area of the stop and verify the speed limit and take pictures/videos of the area (not yourself while driving, do it as a passenger). Loganville may give you some consideration.

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Ty Horton

Posted Feb 25, 2021 at 16:26:35

Hey Sean,
I recently got a ticket for driving 73 in a 55 mph zone, a two lane road. I know this doesn’t matter in a legal standpoint, but the traffic was very light, the road was straight and long, and the weather was clear. I never drive faster than I feel is safe. I’m 23 and this is the first time I’ve ever been stopped. When I was stopped I expected to be able to tell the trooper this, but instead he immediately asked for my license and came back with a ticket. There were hardly any words spoken between us. Since this is the first time I’ve EVER been stopped, is there any way I could get the speed reduced, or even turn the ticket into just a warning? I haven’t yet called the court to find out how much my ticket will be, but I’m mainly worried about the points against my license. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Emily

Posted Feb 25, 2021 at 21:46:47

Hi, Sean. I received a ticket tonight for 63 in a 45 on a 4 lane road in Hall County. I am 24 and hold a Georgia license. This is my first offense of any kind, traffic or otherwise. I know you are not able to answer specifically as each court is different, but in your experience, is it likely to get my speed reduced by going to court and just asking for it? If not, would pleading nolo contendere do anything for insurance premiums or just license points? Thank you for this service, your responses have been very helpful as I feel totally lost with this whole situation.

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Posted Feb 26, 2021 at 06:39:36

Hall County has a reputation for being difficult but having some consideration for first time offenders. 18 over is not terrible and you are over 21. It is not a super speeder ticket. Either get a lawyer to do it for you or contact the court about a possible reduction; they may send you to the Solicitor’s office.

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Posted Feb 26, 2021 at 06:42:06

Speed reduction, diversion, or offense amendment are all things that occur on a court- by-court basis. Most courts will give some type of consideration to first-time offender. It is very rare to see an 18 over ticket reduced to a warning. The ones I remember accomplishing were much older war veterans with clean records.

Your best bet is to get a lawyer who deals with that court regularly.

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Yolunda

Posted Feb 28, 2021 at 15:00:23

Hello,

Back in October I got a ticket for going 106 in a 65 heading to work at the high school. This was on Hwy 25 (a 4 lane highway) between Augusta & Waynesboro, GA. The officer was a Burke Co sheriff deputy. I hadn’t had a speeding ticket now in 8+ years. I used to get one a year but slowed down tremendously. My mental health diagnosis causes me to oversleep & be very lethargic from time to time. Should I get a lawyer? And if so, how do I go about doing that?

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Posted Mar 01, 2021 at 05:34:04

You should get a lawyer since this is (1) a lot of mph over the limit, (2) will give you a lot of points, and (3) will incur a super speeder fee. The overlimit speed may also get the attention of your insurance company.

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Lauren

Posted Mar 01, 2021 at 05:51:52

I got pulled over in Oconee County, GA. It says SR10/Pleasant Hill Rd. I’ve been told it would be 7-10 days before I can find out what my fines would be. It was 78 in a 55. I was going with traffic and unaware of the speed limit (I was going with traffic) Will I get slapped with the super speeder fine? It’s just hard to know what I need to get together to pay when they tell me “I have no idea what your fine will be.”

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Posted Mar 01, 2021 at 06:44:25

For two-lane roads like this, super speeder fees begin being assessed at 75 mph, so this is a super speeder case at the current speed.

An attorney may be able to negotiate a reduction of the speed to bring you under that level and reduce or eliminate points.

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Shantel

Posted Mar 14, 2021 at 11:44:14

Hi, I’m 25 and I got a ticket in monroe county going 77 in a 55. This is my 1st ever speeding ticket. How can I convince the court to give a reduction? Will this send my insurance rate through the roof?

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Posted Mar 15, 2021 at 06:06:23

I am not familiar with how Monroe County in particular deals with speeding tickets. You would do well to talk to a lawyer who handles cases in that court. That said, having a clean record helps a lot. Completing a defensive driving course prior to the court date will also help. With those, you should appear and ask for a speed reduction.

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Ebony

Posted Mar 19, 2021 at 05:39:07

I received a speeding ticket for driving in a construction zone at 52 in a 30MPH zone (40-6-188/ 561.8 FT. VE 53) in Cobb County, GA. I have a clean driving record on my Georgia license. I want to plead no contest because I want to avoid a trial and no points on my license. Can I plead no contest for this offense? Also, do you know about how much the fine will be? Should I go to a driving defense class before the court date to aid in getting a reduced fine or a less serious charge?

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Posted Mar 22, 2021 at 06:24:19

I do not handle cases in Cobb so I cannot answer your specific questions. You should reach out to someone in Marietta to see the best way to approach the charge. Check with the court. They may have a pretrial diversion program.

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Heather Watts

Posted Mar 22, 2021 at 08:00:25

Hello I recently got a speeding ticket on 3/9/21 going with flow of traffic coasting down small hill and cop on bike pulled me over. He asked do you know how fast you were going i said when i looked at speed when his lights came on it showed between 50-55 in the 45mph zone. He said he clocked me going 67 in 40 but because i was honest he dropped it to 65 in a 40. I explained to him i dont go that way to work and was following the traffic at 7:??a. This happened in Gwinnett County in Lawrenceville. I haven’t had any speeding tickets or any citations on my driving record in over 5 years. Is it worth trying to attend court to get it dropped so it wont affect my insurance or points on license? I said to the cop i was just going with traffic listening to music and was sorry for not paying attention. Please let me know i recently started a new job prior to the ticket and dont have the money. I would of thought they wouldn’t put it so much when i was honest about the speed i was going. I dont believe i was going as fast as cop said due to amount of traffic in that area that early in the morning.

Thank you,
Heather

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Posted Mar 22, 2021 at 08:05:51

I don’t go to Gwinnett. I would bet that a lawyer in Gwinnett could likely get the speed down to save you points and Super Speeder fees.

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Heather Watts

Posted Mar 22, 2021 at 08:39:45

Who is the lawyer in Gwinnett county and is that considered a Super Speeder ticket? With just starting this new job i can not go to court due to not being able to miss work with in my 90 days and i explained to cop that morning as well. The fee is $215.00 plus a payment fee of $10.75. Please let me know the best way to not get points or get insurance to go up with out paying alot of money. I need to make sure since i have clean driving record. I just need to make sure no points and insurance wont be effected?

Thank you so much

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Heather Watts

Posted Mar 22, 2021 at 08:40:54

who is the person in gwinnett to contact?

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Posted Mar 23, 2021 at 07:40:57

You can contact a traffic lawyer in that area. You can also contact the clerk’s office, information on your ticket to see if the court allows some alternatives without a lawyer.

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Posted Mar 23, 2021 at 07:41:30

Your best bet is to call some lawyers down there that handle traffic cases and see what they can tell you about options.

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James Reihman

Posted Mar 26, 2021 at 10:13:35

Good afternoon,

I got clocked going 47 in a 15 as I exited gate 1 at Fort Gordon last night. I would like to avoid the rise in insurance and the points, if possible. Do I have shot? Also, is there a risk of any further charges besides speeding because I was 32 over?

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ANDY EVANS

Posted Mar 28, 2021 at 14:33:37

So at the top end of GA 400 where it changes from 2 lane to 4 lane heading south. I was in the 4 lane section, I accelerated for about 3 or 4 seconds in a high hp car to pass a person who had been holding up the flow of traffic at 15mph below the posted limit. I had passed and was lifting my foot when a GA state trooper said he clocked me at 84 in a 55.
I’m aware of the maximums, but what sort typical penalties are typical or expected for lumpkin county; are we talking hefty fines primarily or should I retain an attorney in a situation like this?

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Posted Mar 29, 2021 at 05:46:37

I cannot tell you anything about how the court will react to this speed in this zone. You are looking at a lot of points if you cannot get a reduction in speed. You should take defensive driving if you have not taken it in the last three years.

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Posted Mar 29, 2021 at 05:49:51

I want to clarify something. Passing another vehicle does not give you a license to exceed the speed limit. It is not the “speed limit unless . . .” You should get an attorny to help you have a shot at getting reduced points. That lawyer may recommend defensive driving to convince the court. I do not go to Lumpkin County for traffic tickets anymore so I cannot tell you what kind of fines you are looking at. If you do not get a speed reduction, this is a super speeder speed which will cost you an additional $200 on top of the court fines and fees.

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Monika

Posted Mar 29, 2021 at 12:53:51

Hello, I got stopped for doing 75 in a 55 does that add the super speeder ticket on to my other ticket? Also how many points will be on my license?

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Posted Mar 30, 2021 at 07:14:04

75 on a two-lane does trigger the super speeder fee. Points depend on what state you are licensed in. If you are licensed in Georgia, 20 over is 3 points.

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james

Posted Apr 01, 2021 at 09:31:18

Georgia law states that a city or municipality may not not collect more than 40% of its revenue from traffic/speeding tickets. I would like to read this law. What is the code section please.

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Devon

Posted Apr 01, 2021 at 11:32:04

I got a ticket stating 39/25

I am in the military and I have a TN license. In TN 6-15 over is 3 points added to your license. The fine is $105.

I worry that they will report this to TN and then it will be added to my driving record and increase my insurance.

I was following the vehicle in front of me and had released the gas when i realized they were speeding up to meet the 35mph zone that was approaching but the officer saw me and pulled me over for it.

Should i even bother fighting this?

I really appreciate your time if you are able to answer. Thank you for all the advice you have offered to others here, some of it was very helpful.

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Posted Apr 01, 2021 at 12:13:03

The presumption of inappropriate use of speed detection equipment actually kicks in at 35%. It is specific, however, to speeding tickets. Municipal police chiefs intent on funding their cities on the backs of the traveling public have reduced the push for speeding tickets and increased the push for expired tags, cracked windshields, etc. I include the statute, OCGA 40-14-11, here; the relevant part is subsection (d).

(a) Upon a complaint being made to the commissioner of public safety that any county, municipality, college, or university is employing speed detection devices for purposes other than the promotion of the public health, welfare, and safety or in a manner which violates this chapter or violates its speed detection device permit, the commissioner or the commissioner’s designee is authorized and empowered to conduct an investigation into the acts and practices of such county, municipality, college, or university with respect to speed detection devices. If, as a result of this investigation, the commissioner or the commissioner’s designee finds that there is probable cause to suspend or revoke the speed detection device permit of such county, municipality, college, or university, he or she shall issue an order to that effect.
(b) Upon the suspension or revocation of any speed detection device permit for the reasons set forth in this Code section, the commissioner of public safety shall notify the executive director of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council of the action taken.
© Upon receipt from the executive director of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council that an officer’s certification to operate speed detection devices has been withdrawn or suspended pursuant to Code Section 35-8-12, the commissioner of public safety or the commissioner’s designee shall suspend the speed detection device permit for the employing agency. The period of suspension or revocation shall be consistent with the action taken by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.
(d) There shall be a rebuttable presumption that a law enforcement agency is employing speed detection devices for purposes other than the promotion of the public health, welfare, and safety if the fines levied based on the use of speed detection devices for speeding offenses are equal to or greater than 35 percent of a municipal or county law enforcement agency’s budget. For purposes of this Code section, fines collected for citations issued for violations of Code Section 40-6-180 shall be included when calculating total speeding fine revenue for the agency; provided, however, that fines for speeding violations exceeding 20 miles per hour over the established speed limit and civil monetary penalties for speeding violations issued pursuant to Code Section 40-14-18 shall not be considered when calculating total speeding fine revenue for the agency.

Ga. Code Ann. § 40-14-11 (West)

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Posted Apr 01, 2021 at 12:15:20

It is 14 over so there is a chance that the clerk will not transmit it because it would be zero points for a Georgia driver. You just cannot depend on that. You may be able to go to court and ask for a reduction of speed or a reduction of the offense to an ordinance or warning or to defective equipment which is a non-moving violation.

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Raquel N

Posted Apr 04, 2021 at 14:17:10

Hello Sean, I am a Florida resident and was driving with my husband and 3 kids to Savannah, GA. We were in Darion, Ga (on the highway) when we were pulled over. I received a total of 5 traffic citations, which are as follows:
McIntosh Sheriff’s Office
40-6-181(F) Speeding 24 to 33 over
40-8-76.1 Seatbelt violation
40-6-241 Driver to use due care
40-8-76 (x2) Child or youth restraint not used properly

Should I hire an attorney? On the speeding citation, the officer wrote that I passed him at 89 mph and then sped up to 95 mph in a 70 zone, but I do not recall ever going that fast.
We own a van and we put down the middle seats for this long trip, as we have a little one still in diapers that needs changing often, and we figured it would be easier to make less stops throughout the trip. I know that excuses don’t matter, but is there any way to fight this in court? I have a order to appear in court within the next few months.

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Posted Apr 05, 2021 at 06:24:22

You should talk to a lawyer in that area to see what might be done. The speeding and child safety and failure to use due care charges all add points to your license.

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Yagni Patel

Posted Apr 05, 2021 at 09:31:36

Hey Sean, I just received a super speeder in Monroe County, Ga. The officer said I was going 89 on a 70 on the highway however I was going down a hill. This is my first offense as well and I am 21 years old. What will my fine be and is there a way to get it down to a 84 since I was going down a hill? Also will any points be added and how will this affect my parents insurance?

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Posted Apr 05, 2021 at 10:06:46

There is no exception to the speed limit for going down a hill. You either have to brake or use a lower gear to slow the vehicle below the limit.

You will need to speak to a lawyer who goes to Monroe County, but I would bet that someone can work it out to get you a five mile per hour reduction.

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Yagni Patel

Posted Apr 05, 2021 at 10:33:29

Would you recommend to get a lawyer or would I be able to speak for myself in court most likely?

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Posted Apr 05, 2021 at 10:40:52

I recommend a lawyer consult at least. You might also call the court clerk and see if the court has a policy allowing reductions and what they require.

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Brian

Posted Apr 06, 2021 at 12:49:27

Hello Sean. I am a Michigan driver and was issued a 85 in a 70 zone ticket in Cook County via Laser device while traveling to Florida. I passed the officer while he was getting into his car at 77mph and immediately pulled over when I realized I was getting pulled over. I was pretty surprised as I never recall going over 80mph.

From my understanding that will trigger the Super Speeder fine and report to my insurance. My driving record is pretty good here in Michigan and this is my first out of state ticket. What are my options to get the ticket reduced to 14over which will remove the Super Speeder?

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Posted Apr 07, 2021 at 06:31:06

You might contact Patrick Kunes in Tifton. Great lawyer. He will know your options for the court in Adel.

If the charge remains a speeding offense, regardless of the speed plead to, it could be reported to Michican and impact your driving history, points, insurance, etc. A non-moving violation or a pretrial diversion are the primary ways to avoid those consequences.

The effect of a super speeder offense is to tack on a Georgia state fee of $200. Failure to pay that additional fee can lead to suspension of your Georgia driving privileges which could result in the suspension of your Michigan license. Even a one mile reduction in the speed would avoid super speeder. A non-moving violation or diversion would also avoid the super speeder fee.

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David

Posted Apr 08, 2021 at 18:16:13

Hi Sean,

Thank you for doing this. I was stopped in Forsyth County, the police officer tagged at 69 in a 45 zone with laser and on the ticket he reduced it to 65, but did mention it was 69 originally. The case is going to forsyth county court. I have a GA drivers license and moved here about 1 year ago from another state. This is my first ticket ever in my life. I`m over 21 years old.

What are my options ? Do you handle forsyth county? If not any lawyers to recommend? I`m trying to avoid the points so a speed reduction to 59 is needed. Would this be possible? and how much fine would it be? Would court clerk negotiate with me over the phone before court date or do I have to do that in person on the court date? If I hire a lawyer, do lawyers handle this before the court date or they have to show up in court for me and do it then?

Thank you for the help!

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Posted Apr 09, 2021 at 06:31:33

With a Georgia driver’s license and over-21, this is still a points offense. You are correct that 59/45 or a non-moving violation is where you need to be. Every court is different so I can’t tell you what Forsyth County does in terms of appearance requirements when you hire a lawyer.

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Dani

Posted Apr 11, 2021 at 05:58:33

I got a citation in the mail for doing 46 in a 35 while going down a steep hill. I want to know if its worth fighting or not. It was in south fulton georgia. And it was a school zone.

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Lamont Manigo

Posted Apr 11, 2021 at 14:25:57

That driving under the speed limit law is NOT enforced in Augusta, Ga. It actually cause people TO speed and become aggressive. It’s terrible.

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Posted Apr 12, 2021 at 05:58:15

11 mph over the limit will not put any points on a Georgia driver’s license. I do not practice in any jurisdictions currently using speed limit cameras in school zone, so I do not have a lot of experience in dealing with that fact pattern.

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Steve White

Posted Apr 12, 2021 at 10:17:26

Hi Sean, thank you for writing this article, very informative.

I received a ticket for going 54 in a 25 zone right outside downtown Cumming in Forsyth County. Thought I was in a 45 zone. Since I was 29 over, I am required to appear in court and it will be a 6 point offense as-is. I am 35 and this is the first time I received a speeding ticket. I am trying to see what my best options are to minimize financial cost and ensure it does not impact insurance rates.

Assuming the in-person appearance is a requirement, should I…

1. I got a referral from legal work assistance program for an attorney. Hire the attorney and receive a bit of discount. He is in Fulton county, however, not Forsyth.
2. Hire a local traffic attorney in Forsyth County. Any recommendations or references will be appreciated, if allowed.
3. Attempt to negotiate with prosecutor directly and represent myself at court. I sent an email citing some minor detail discrepancies for a negotiation already.

Thanks in advance

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Posted Apr 13, 2021 at 07:04:07

I do not handle cases in the Forsyth County State Court or Cumming Municipal. You should absolutely consult with an attorney who does. I accept referrals from legal plans quite regularly for courts that I do not have a physical office in.

You should talk to the referral attorney to see what their experience level with the particular court is. Forsyth State Court has a bit of a reputation.

Do not represent yourself and do not send emails to the court, the prosecutor, the officer or the department about your case.

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Ryan George

Posted Apr 17, 2021 at 06:44:15

Morning Sean!

I got a speeding ticket on March 5th in Clayton County (I-75 Notthbound / CW Grant Parkway). I was stopped by a state trooper at 84 MPH in a 65 zone. The offense reads “Speeding in Excess of Maximum Limits”. I’ve been clean on my record for a little over 2 years. My concern or question is that this state troopers ticket looks different from county cops in the past. I could usually pay the fine online but for some reason they want me to appear in court which is weird. I thought in the state of Georgia a super speeder was 20 MPH plus and I was in excess of 19 MPH. I just wanted your expert on what fine I could be looking at and why they want me to appear in court if you know. I appreciate your time! Thank You.

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Ana Chirinos

Posted Apr 18, 2021 at 13:56:56

I received a speeding ticket 40- 6- 181
I was going 59 on a 35 on Buford here in the city of Duluth. This is my first ticket. I am 24 years of age. What should I expect and what would you recommend please.

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Sonia Aguirre

Posted Apr 18, 2021 at 18:55:13

Hello Sean,

Thank you for all comments and this informative article. I have a question and was hoping you can help me. I received a ticket in Cobb County on i75. The officer said he was reducing it to 84 so that it wouldn’t trigger the super speeder law/fees. On the ticket under section II:Violation it says "Calibration/Check: 9/7/2020 at 6am) at 84 MPH in a 65 zone.

However under this section I noticed it also said "Offense (other than listed above): Speeding in Excess of Maximum Limits in violation of code 40-6-181 Remarks: 85MPH @1180.8 FT 2TL.

I just want to get your opinion if what the officer said is true and he did reduce it to 84 since it says 85 MPH next to remarks. It is my first ticket ever and I have to pay because unfortunately I can’t attend the court date due to a work commitment. I just want to know if I should expect the super speeder fee based on what i on my ticket. Is there a way to dispute the fee after I have paid online?

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Posted Apr 19, 2021 at 03:25:42

Remarks is just that, notes for the officer. it lets the court know that you were clocked at 85 but cited for 84.

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Posted Apr 19, 2021 at 03:28:42

I don’t go to the metro Atlanta area so I cannot give you specifics. The court can probably tell you what the fine is or if appearance is required. Best bet would be to talke to a lawyer who does traffic defense in that area.

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Posted Apr 19, 2021 at 03:33:49

A lot of the state troopers now use in-car printers so their tickets do have a slightly different appearance but contain the same information in the same order and arrangement.

It is not a super speeder offense, but it will put points on your license. You would need to talk to a traffic defense lawyer who handles cases in Clayton County for specifics on how that court treats these cases.

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Tiana collins

Posted Apr 25, 2021 at 00:11:11

I this is my first time getting a ticket in Ga. i Live in Mississippi. I got pulled over and the cop said i was doing 92 in a 70, but he wrote the ticket for 94 in a 70. I live to far to come to court but my fine is 740. I don’t thing that right i want to fight it but I live to far to come to court. What should I do? i got my ticket on I75 sparks I think. on the copy of the ticket that he gave me i could not see what he had wrote. I did not get the top copy. How can I fight this if i live in Mississippi?

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Posted Apr 26, 2021 at 06:23:02

You need a lawyer who handles cases where you got the ticket. I do not handle any counties in the I75 corridor; I am in a different part of the state.

If you just plead to the offense and pay the fine, you will then get a bill from the state of Georgia for an additional $200. If you do not pay that state super speeder fee, you could end up with a suspended license.

Mississippi tracks driver’s licenses a little differently than I am used to. They apparently do not assess points, just incidents. A lawyer might be able to negotiate a non-moving violation disposition which could avoid that incident being on your record.

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Anonymous

Posted Apr 26, 2021 at 16:05:49

I got a ticket going a 110 and I am going to court. Is there anything i can do to ease the court before hand? also will a drug test be issued?

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Posted Apr 27, 2021 at 05:40:42

Take a defensive driving course or attend a traffic violator impact program. If you are placed on probation, you could be drug tested. If you are tested very early in probation, a positive test is not necessarily considered a violation since it cannot be proven that you violated after probation began. Later on, it certainly can.

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Ptero

Posted Apr 27, 2021 at 13:54:55

Hi Sean:

I stumbled on this site while searching for information on a speeding ticket. I recently moved from NC to GA. I have not had a speeding ticket for more than 5 years.

Today I got pulled over for going at 59 in a 40 mph zone. I understand that even if I pay the fine, it will add 3 points. Is this something that I can get reduced? I heard that I can request a reduction of speed or convert the charge from a violation of state law to a municipal ordinance violation (no points).

Any suggestion will help. Thank you.

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Posted Apr 28, 2021 at 05:28:23

What you describe can happen and it is worth inquiring about or obtaining a lawyer to assist.

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Shawanda Ballard

Posted Apr 28, 2021 at 07:04:05

My Daughter received a speeding ticket. The officer say she was doing a 82 in a 55 in a Honda Accord. She said when he pull her over she was doing 70. This her first ticket so how can I handle this?

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Posted Apr 29, 2021 at 08:24:38

If your daughter is under 21 years of age, there may be some special concerns. In addition, some courts may have special procedures for speeds like this. It is a “super speeder” offense as well.

Your best bet is to consult with a traffic lawyer who handles cases in the court that her case will be in and provide full information.

Short of that, have her do a defensive driving course and attend court and request a speed reduction.

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Luis Infante

Posted May 03, 2021 at 18:56:17

I was been fallowed by a white truck. I have a sports car. As i was been followed i speed up, truck still behind me. So i floored it was doing over 120. State trooper seen it. Pulled me over but not the white truck that was following me trooper said 121 was my speed.. got a ticket for it h e let me go with that ticket. I did explained the officer what was going on with the white truck… glad i got a ticket. I dint know why that white truck was trying to run me off

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Holly May

Posted May 06, 2021 at 05:48:59

Hi Sean,

Our 17 year old son received his first two speeding tickets within one week. The police both ticketed them as only 14 over, however the first ticket shows a note that he was doing 19 over. That first ticket only shows up as 14 over in the county of clerk system, too. Could he receive points because the notes show 19 over even though the ticket is for 14 over? Should he go to court for either of these or just pay them? Since both were ticketed as 14 over, will he receive any points because they were so close together?

Thank you!

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Posted May 07, 2021 at 08:57:42

The notes do not change the cited speed. The cited speed determines the license consequences, etc. With a Georgia license, 14 over will not assess any points.

The only thing that might cause you to lean toward his making an appearance and asking for consideration would be the possibility that it does get reported and shows up on his driving history, in which case it could have an effect on insurance rates. That seems like a low likelihood, but not zero.

Overall, I think that paying the fine and moving on probably is fine. Some courts will not allow under 21 drivers to skip a court appearance, feeling that it is necessary or advisable to get the attention of young drivers early. So, do make sure that the court allows him to just pay the fine and be done.

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Holly

Posted May 07, 2021 at 14:18:47

Thank you, Sean!

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AW

Posted May 20, 2021 at 17:47:41

Could you clarify the “two lane road or highway” part of the Super Speeder law? Our son got a ticket last week, 75 in a 55 on Hwy 369 in Forsyth County. He was tagged just as the passing lane he used was merging down to 1 lane again. The officer didn’t mark 2-lane road on the ticket – is it a super speeder if the two lane highway had a 3rd lane for passing in the spot where he was clocked? He’s on our insurance, so really hoping to avoid the points.

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Posted May 21, 2021 at 07:27:54

Sure thing. That term is defined by OCGA 40-6-187. The relevant part states: “For purposes of this Code section, the term “two-lane road or highway” means a road or highway with two lanes for through-traffic movement exclusive of any portion of the road or highway adjoining the traveled way for parking, speed change, turning, weaving, truck climbing, or other purposes supplementary to through-traffic movement.”

Basically, you do not count turn lanes and similar supplemental purpose areas of the road. However, a passing lane would be a lane for through -traffic movement. So, those areas of Highway 369 where a passing lane is present would not be a two lane road.

My understanding is that DDS processes it based on two bits of information from the citation: the 2-lane road checkbox and the cited speed. If the 2-lane road box is checked, then they are looking to see if the speed was 75 or greater. If the 2-lane road box is not checked, then they are looking to see if the speed was 85 or greater.

I hope that helps.

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Josh Thieme

Posted May 21, 2021 at 07:32:34

I got a ticket for going 84 in a 65 in Georgia, the road was 2 lanes going in each direction which I assume is a 4 lane road. However the officer marked two-lane road on the ticket. From my understanding 84 on a two-lane is a super speeder. Am I correct in thinking I was on a 4 lane road? I just checked the fine and it doesn’t have the super speeder additional fine, does that come separate? Do they investigate before counting it as a super speeder? Thanks for your help

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Posted May 21, 2021 at 08:04:12

If there were more than two through-travel lanes, then the officer should not have checked the two-lane road box. Doing so will trigger super speeder consequences at 75 mph instead of 85 mph.

Super speeder is a separate process from the court process. It occurs after court based on the disposition speed and whether or not that box is checked or not. If it qualifies as super speeder, you would get a letter in the mail instructing you to send $200 to the State of Georgia.

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Josh Thieme

Posted May 24, 2021 at 06:42:23

How do I contest only the super speeder portion of the ticket?

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Posted May 24, 2021 at 08:14:02

Once there has been a disposition of the underlying speeding ticket which triggers a super speeder fee, the only way to challenge the super speeder fee would be to re-open the underlying final disposition of the speeding ticket and challenge or negotiate it to avoid a qualifying disposition. That will be a more expensive endeavor than it would have been to have representation on the front end.

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Levi

Posted Jun 02, 2021 at 12:48:43

I was on the interstate and past a car that was going to slow,my car gets up to speed quick an by the time i let of which was long,i was at 104 in a 70 in troup county, ga the the gsp said i could just pay it and avoid court…is this true???

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Stacy

Posted Jun 02, 2021 at 14:45:47

South Fulton Police said I was doing 58 in a 35 zone. I know i was doing 43. I asked to see the laser gun and they told me no because he was still tagging other cars and the information wasn’t available on the gun no more. It was 6 police cars on a side road and had numerous cars pulled over. I asked when was the last time the laser gun was calibrated and was told it was did just a few minutes ago. One lie after another. The officer they had writing the ticket didn’t know anything. She called over the sergeant and sergeant said we dont have to show you anything but as a courtesy we can show you. I asked to see it and the sergeant said No they didn’t have it anymore. Speed traps with 👮‍♀️ that break the law because they have a badge.

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Posted Jun 03, 2021 at 07:33:43

It is up to the court whether you can pay and avoid court. Most courts require a personal appearance for those kinds of speeds. It is a 6 point offense. If you are under 21, it is a license revocation offense. It is a super speeder offense, meaning it will cost you an additional $200 fee on top of the court fines and fees. You should talk to a lawyer down there before doing anything.

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Sarah

Posted Jun 10, 2021 at 01:53:54

Hello Sean! I’m from California and I was visiting family in Georgia when I got a speeding ticket. They wrote me up for 89 on a 70. I have a CA license and it’s my first speeding in Georgia (ive had one prior in CA 2 years ago that I took traffic school for) Would I be considered a super speeder and how would this work for my license and insurance? Will it leave points on my record and if so is there a way to take traffic school again to remove it? Im turning 20 this year so I dont know if that wouls affect anything either. Thank you in advance!

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Posted Jun 10, 2021 at 05:44:27

License consequences are determined by your state of licensure, California.

The court in Georgia will typically impose a fine for that kind of speed, but some courts require personal appearance and other conditions for younger drivers (under 25 yo). I am not a California lawyer, so if you want legal advice on that point, talk to a California lawyer. Online sources suggest that this would be a 1 point offense in California and that you would have to accumulate 4 points in 12 months, 6 points in 24 months, or 8 points in 36 months to trigger license issues in that state. Driver improvement courses may allow you to reduce points against your license.

This is a “super speeder” speed in Georgia. That means that after the speeding case is disposed of, if it is over the threshold, you would get an additional bill from the state of Georgia for $200. Failure to pay it in the time specified would result in Georgia suspending your driving privileges in this state, which could lead to California suspending your license. It also incurs more costs on top.

Attorneys who handle cases in the court where your ticket is pending can advise you as to the opportunities for reduction or diversion in the particular court. That might help you avoid the point assessment, the Super Speeder fee, or both.

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Grayson

Posted Jun 10, 2021 at 09:53:51

Hey Sean, I’m here in Georgia for the summer and just recently got my first ever ticket. 89 on a 65 highway in Athens County. I’m 21 and from California. I called the court to ask how much the ticket cost would be and they said $500 (imo that feels super high, but according to sources it’s accurate). They didn’t mention anything about having to pay for super speeding- how do I find out about that? The officer never said anything about it and it doesn’t say anything about it on my ticket.
Also, since it’s a first time violation, how do I find out the details about defensive driving classes so that my insurance doesn’t skyrocket? Thanks!

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Posted Jun 10, 2021 at 11:28:18

So, I’m guessing, we’re talking about Clarke County, although they do have a consolidated government referred to as Athens-Clarke County.

89 in a 65 is going to be a super speeder ticket regardless of what kind of road it is. That is not a court fine or fee, it is is a separate state assessment that only occurs after the ticket is adjudicated based on the speed adjudicated. You will get a bill for $200 from the state of Georgia if the speed is not reduced or the ticket diverted.

Neither the officer nor the court is required to alert you to super speeder.

Talk to a lawyer in Athens who handles speeding cases.

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Rodrikeus

Posted Jun 10, 2021 at 18:41:22

I got caught going 90 in a 70 mph on an expressway how much will my ticket be ??

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Posted Jun 11, 2021 at 06:27:45

Fines can vary dramatically from court to court for the same speed. Even within the same county, different courts and judges may assess different fines. If you call the court clerk, they will be able to tell you what the scheduled fine is for that speed.

It is a super speeder offense, so if you just plead to that speed or just pay the fine, it will trigger a bill from the state of Georgia for $200 on top of the court fines and fees.

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Bianca

Posted Jun 11, 2021 at 20:31:44

I just got a ticket for going 76 mph on a 55 mph on a 2 lane road I’m 19 and I got the ticket I was told to pay before court date but I don’t want to get my license suspended I don’t know what to do some of my friends said I got a super speeder but I was only going 21 mph over the speeding limit so I just don’t know what to do did I get a super speeder ticket ? How many point did I get ? And should I go to court ?

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Bianca

Posted Jun 11, 2021 at 20:36:51

i was pulled over in Georgia ^

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Bianca

Posted Jun 11, 2021 at 20:39:24

Sorry I was trying to leave the comment that I was pulled over in Georgia in jenkins county

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Bianca

Posted Jun 12, 2021 at 03:46:13

I live in Georgia and I got pulled over in jerkins county for going 76 in a 55 mph in a 2 lanes I’m 19 so I just need to to know if that’s a super speeder or not I was doing only 21 mph over the speed limit

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Posted Jun 13, 2021 at 08:40:34

75 mph on a two-lane road is super speeder. It is a 3 point offense.

Given your age, it is not by itself a suspension offense, but it will stack a $200 fee on top of your court fines and fees, if you are not successful in getting the speed reduced or the ticket diverted. Best to talk to a lawyer in Jenkins County

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Tsega

Posted Jun 14, 2021 at 08:17:05

Hello, i live in Milton, GA and got my very first speeding ticket for going 50 in a 35 MPH as i was a mile or so from my home. The ticket is not showing on the online system yet so i don’t know how much money I owe and how many points this offense is worth. I have so many questions since i want to go about this strategically. Should i go ahead and pay the fine online?0 If so, are there any ramifications? Should I go to the court instead? If so, should i hire an attorney? Also at the court, what exactly should i tell the judge? (Ask If I’m allowed to take a defensive driving class in order to reduce the points, or dismiss the case altogether?) I’ve also heard about pleading Nolo but i’m not sure if this is advantageous to my case since a Nolo plea is a once every 5 year deal.
I appreciate your input!

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Posted Jun 14, 2021 at 08:41:20

As is, this is a two point offense. The question for you is whether it is worth your time to either go to court yourself and seek a reduction in the speed (1 mph reduction would get you 0 points) or to hire a lawyer to try and work out a reduction for you. With this amount of reduction and points, I would hesitate to use a nolo contendere plea.

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Mevo

Posted Jun 14, 2021 at 16:40:03

Sean i got a ticket going 56 on a 45,in cobb county, my question is will this go on my driving record, if i just pay it.

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Sally

Posted Jun 15, 2021 at 07:27:19

Hello Sean,
My name is Sally and I’m from South Carolina and i was traveling through Bryan county and one of the officers clocked me doing 98 in a 70 mph zone, and my fine is $900. This is my very first ticket ever, i am not working currently, I’m taking care of my mother who has cancer, and I’m also a college student, my court date is set for next month, is there anyway i can get it reduced?

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Posted Jun 16, 2021 at 08:55:52

Your request is often one of the hardest to obtain. While it makes sense that courts should take economic status into account in setting fines, when it comes to traffic violations and many other offenses, most courts tend to get bound pretty tightly to their fine schedules.

Your best bet, other than hiring a lawyer, would be to complete a defensive driving course ahead of court and attend court appropriately dressed and request consideration based on your circumstances. The speed will put quite a few points on your license. So, to me, more important than money is the points, because the offense could end up hiking your insurance premiums to a degree that will outweigh the cost of the ticket pretty quickly.

In addition, it is a super speeder offense, which means that on top of whatever court fines and fees apply, there will be a bill coming from the state for $200 if the speed does not get reduced significantly.

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Posted Jun 16, 2021 at 08:57:03

It is 12 over. Court clerks are not supposed to transmit that speed for Georgia licensees. It happens sometimes, so I cannot say that it absolutely will not appear, but it probably will not.

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Vantay

Posted Jun 23, 2021 at 17:22:29

I got clocked going 107 in a 55 in Alabama but I’m a Georgia resident and I have court coming up in 2 months for the ticket. I’m only 18 how can I get them to reduce the speed or would I be able to get off with traffic school and a fine?

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Posted Jun 24, 2021 at 05:24:06

You definitely need a lawyer in Alabama. You may have to do some things beyond paying a fine to see a reduction or diversion of the charge. Possibilities include defensive driving class, traffic violators impact panel, community service or a hand-written research paper on the dangers of speeding.

If you are still on your parents’ insurance, this could have significant effects for them as well. If you are on a policy with anyone else, you need to not let this come as a surprise to them.

This would be a suspension offense for you as it currently stands.

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Tre

Posted Jun 25, 2021 at 11:25:08

I was recently ticketed with 77 in a 40. The officer admits that he didn’t tag me with the radar, he tagged the lead bike and assumed that I was traveling at the same rate of speed. Is this something I can get dismissed? The offense carries 6 points as well as a $700 fine. I’ve had a pretty clean driving record (minus a registration ticket) for the last 9 years.

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Emi

Posted Jun 28, 2021 at 21:02:50

I got a ticket going 77 in a 55 and I know that the ticket is going to be high but I can’t really pay a lot due to me being 17 but my parents are making me pay it all. Is there any way at all to lower it?

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Posted Jul 01, 2021 at 03:22:29

That’s a three point offense. If you have even one more point it can revoke your permit. You need a speed and points reduction You should complete a defensive driving course and ask for help when you go to court.

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Posted Jul 01, 2021 at 03:24:37

In a trial it would come down to the believability of the officer testimony regarding the speed of the bikes traveling with the lead bike.

A lawyer might be able to find some better resolution.

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Mary Thomas

Posted Jul 01, 2021 at 14:18:09

Hi Sean
I got a speeding ticket in Dooly County 84/70 and the fine is $273 . I am a ga license holder. Every where I have read states the fine is $100 . Do you know why Dooly fines are so expensive? And is there anything I can do to reduce the cost?

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Posted Jul 05, 2021 at 07:06:32

I do not practice there. The judge has a fair amount of discretion in most cases.

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Carol

Posted Jul 05, 2021 at 07:12:01

Hi Sean, my friend got clocked doing 88 on I 20 in a 70 zone near temple with the temple city police. I know this is super speeder but it’s stating he’s required to appear in court. He’s never had a ticket before or any other citations of any kind. I don’t understand why he’s required to go to court? Any advice? The citation appears online, but doesn’t allows him to pay. He’s fairly nervous.

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Posted Jul 05, 2021 at 07:15:19

Since I don’t go to Temple, I do not know the answer to your question. I encourage him to consult with a lawyer who does go there before disposing of the case

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Adrianna Harrison

Posted Jul 06, 2021 at 23:12:00

I was on highway 27 at night when a officer pulled me over saying his radar had me doing a 96 in a 65. I am 19 and was pulled over in Franklin, Ga. I know I was not going that fast but I don’t know what my options are. I read that going 31 over will lead to 4 points and since I’m under 21 that’s an automatic suspension. Is there anything I can do to lower the speed? This is my first offense.

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shay

Posted Jul 08, 2021 at 08:48:08

Hello, I got my first ticket ever in my life It was driving 78 in a 55 in Richmond county (Augusta) Ga. I have to appear in court..this is my first time ever going to court and getting a speeding ticket. Do you have an estimate of how much it will probably cost? I can’t even see it online and I go to court next week.

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J. Davison

Posted Jul 11, 2021 at 07:19:27

I recently got into an accident because a driver was going 110 in a construction zone and swerved 3 lanes over to side of the road and cut me off when getting pulled over and a semi clipped my bumper. The officer said I was fine because I moved to prevent a accident with that driver but what penalties does that driver get for going 110 MPH in a construction zone?

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Posted Jul 12, 2021 at 06:46:47

I would say their consequences would be significant, but it will vary by court and judge.

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Posted Jul 12, 2021 at 06:47:39

Since I do not handle cases in Richmond County, I would not be able to guess.

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Posted Jul 12, 2021 at 06:49:21

You need a lawyer. Because of your age, this ticket could cause you to lose your license. Options vary by courts, so you need to speak to a lawyer who handles cases in that court. You probably want to go ahead and do a defensive driving course.

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Carly kay

Posted Jul 12, 2021 at 22:19:55

I was pulled over in Douglas county doing 69 in a 45. There were cars in front of me and we were all going the same speed. Around how much could this ticket be and how bad will it effect my insurance?

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Posted Jul 13, 2021 at 05:56:58

In my area, that ticket would usually be in the $250 to $350 range. It also carries 4 points, which is likely to have an effect on your premiums.

I do not practice in Douglas County, so I can’t speak to what their fines are. You should speak to a traffic lawyer in that area. Getting the speed reduced or having the ticket diverted or otherwise modified could help you avoid those points or, at least, reduce them. In the long run, the insurance savings should pay for the cost of having a lawyer.

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Taylor Willoughby

Posted Jul 14, 2021 at 17:27:52

Hi! My boyfriend recently got his first ever ticket ( he just turned 30 and got pulled over July 3rd ) he was going 63 in a 45 ( also in Hall Co, Georgia ) where he is from Gwinnett co. and was just visiting me. He was told to pay the ticket online or show up for court in September. He really wants to just pay the ticket and be done with it, but he was also told he license could be suspended? I know he has a fine to pay and will get I believe 2 points but will he get his license suspended?

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Meico

Posted Jul 20, 2021 at 11:42:26

I got pulled over in Fayetteville for doing 59 in a 35, but I know that I was in a 45 when he clocked me, but he pulled me over in a 35( I was coming up to the 35-speed limit). I am under 21, and I know that that they will suspend my license for spending. What would be my best options? I have to appear in court.

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Lauren Williams

Posted Jul 21, 2021 at 05:18:13

I got pulled over going 90 in a 45 miles per hour zone. Can you give me some insight on what I should expect.

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Greg

Posted Jul 21, 2021 at 09:32:13

I was pulled over in Sylvester, Georgia for driving too fast for conditions. It was at night and it was raining. I was on a 2 lane hwy. I was running 41 in a 35. When he pulled me over and said I was driving too fast for conditions, I asked him how fast I was going and he said that the speed limit didn’t matter I was going too fast because it was night and raining. I know that I was going 6 miles over the speed limit, but 41 is not that fast on a 4 lane hwy even if it is raining and at night. I have not had a ticket in over 30 years. The ticket is $200. Is it worth going to court and see if the fine can be reduced?

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Posted Jul 21, 2021 at 09:47:50

First thing to know is that too fast for conditions is a zero point offense for a Georgia licensed driver.

So, the case quickly gets into the territory of how much time, effort and money is worth being invested.

A too fast for conditions ticket is required by case law to specify an estimated speed for the driver and what conditions existed to make that speed unsafe. Many officers do not notate that information.

I am a little confused, though because you first say that you were on a 2 lane highway and then say that it was a 4 lane highway.

Unfortunately, $200 is not considered a high fine in most places.

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Posted Jul 21, 2021 at 09:49:28

It very much depends on the location and the court. It is a super speeder offense. I would suggest doing a Georgia licensed defensive driving school ahead of the court date. You should be asking for a speed reduction or a zero-point-order if you are eligible. Best bet is tot consult with a lawyer who handles cases in that court.

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Posted Jul 21, 2021 at 09:51:38

Get a lawyer who handles cases in that court.

Do a video of the route (from the passenger seat, please) being sure to show the speed limit signs.

Check the citation for identifying information about the location of the offense.

Request the officer’s dashcam or other video to hopefully lock in where the radar contact was.

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Posted Jul 21, 2021 at 09:53:41

63 in a 45 would not cause a license suspension for an over-21 driver, like your boyfriend, unless he has racked up a whole lot of points already in the last 24 months.

Two points is what he gets.

I do not handle cases in Hall County. It’s worth a consultation with a traffic lawyer in Hall County to find out if diversion or reduction is a possibility.

But, overall the consequences on a 63/45 are not terrible.

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Steven Chen

Posted Jul 24, 2021 at 04:56:35

Hello Sean, on 7/24/21, I was given a 40-6-181 ticket, where I was cited going 101mph in a 70mph limit at 3:30am trying to make it to a music gig in Florida. This happened in Bryan County/Richmond Hill GA. I have a Maryland license. I am getting incredibly anxious and scared if I am being honest. I saw that they have a speed reduction form on Richmond Hill website that I can mail in, but I was wondering how good my chances are of getting it reduced to 14 over the speed limit. Im afraid I cant afford the ticket costs or even hiring a lawyer. I have only gotten 1 or 0 tickets in 3 years too. Any help or response would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

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Samantha Clarkson

Posted Jul 25, 2021 at 21:53:22

My boyfriend got pulled over going over a hundred in a 70mph area in Georgia and we live in New York he was sent to jail immediately and I bailed him out we have court coming up what am I looking at I’m nervous for him

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Posted Jul 26, 2021 at 05:17:05

It can certainly vary by county. If it is only speeding, it is typically a fine, but some courts will require probation and driver education for a speed like that, sometimes even community service. It is unlikely to involve more jail time, although that cannot be fully ruled out. Almost every traffic offense in Georgia is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail and/or a fine.

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Posted Jul 26, 2021 at 05:18:55

I am not familiar with that court, you need to find some lawyers closer to that area to pose the question to.

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Sean

Posted Jul 27, 2021 at 12:27:41

My daughter got her first ticket on I-20 in Rockdale county doing 85 in 70. She was trying to pass a car to get over because she was being tailgated. The deputy pulled her over and not the person tailgating. She is still in college and on our insurance. A friend said she should go to court a plead no low? She has a schooling conflict on the court date. Any suggestions?

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Posted Jul 29, 2021 at 06:40:52

She needs to either have an attorney or go to court to request a reduction. I am assuming that she is under 21. This would not by itself suspend her license, but will incur a super speeder classification and additional fee. I do not go to the Rock, but there are plenty of good lawyers down that way.

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Sean

Posted Jul 29, 2021 at 14:06:53

My neice is 17years old and was laser in Hambersham Ga, which is Clarksville County. The cop is saying she 86 in a 65. I have an app that states she was only doing 83. This is her very frist traffic violation ever. She is very involved in school with academic and sports in school. She is a senior this year. What can we do to keep her from having her license suspended. Her mom passed away 3yrs ago. Her dad has nothing to do with her so I would have to get her back and forth to school. I work on the Frontline in the ER so my job is very demanding. What can we do to keep her license even if it a only driving to and from school and school events

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Posted Jul 30, 2021 at 06:06:41

So, you have it jumbled a little. the city of Clarkesville is located in Habersham County.

The app you describe would be an estimate of speed based on GPS data but is not considered to be more reliable than a radar or laser speed detection system.

She does need to seek a reduction. If it is in State Court, she will need to go to court and ask for a reduction of speed. I am not sure what the Solicitor or Judge will be willing to do for her based on recent communications from that court.

It never hurts for her to complete a defensive driving course ahead of court. Given her age, copies of grades, etc., may be helpful.

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Hosa Flamez

Posted Jul 31, 2021 at 13:24:58

So I got A ticket for 71/55 apparently but I wasn’t going that at all I’m a Lyft driver and I paid the ticket officer said I wouldn’t have to come to court and the paper says same but they sent something in mail what possibly could I get hit with?

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Posted Aug 02, 2021 at 07:45:23

16 over is a 2 point violation for a Georgia license holder.

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Daniel Mulkey

Posted Aug 02, 2021 at 19:00:56

Up until this I have never received a speeding ticket. I recently was pulled over and recieved a ticket for speeding. I was in a 2 lane and got clocked going 83 in 55. I’m only 20 years old, if I pay the ticket will there be any other repercussions?

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Posted Aug 03, 2021 at 05:13:41

If you are a Georgia license holder, that speed has two significant other repercussions:

1) It is a 4-point offense. As an under-21 license holder, a 4-point offense will suspend your license. Assuming you have no prior suspensions on your license, this would cause a 6-month suspension of your license. Since you are over 18, the sentencing judge would have discretion to issue you a certificate for a limited permit, but if not, you could not drive during that time period. You will have to complete an approved defensive driving course and pay a $200 reinstatement fee to get your license back.

2) It is a super speeder offense, which means that if you are convicted of that speed, you would get a bill from the state for $200 on top of all court fines and fees and license fees. If you failed to timely pay that additional $200 fee, it could cause your license to be suspended until it is paid.

I don’t know what court your case is in, but you really should speak to a lawyer who handles cases in that court.

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Bailey Eddins

Posted Aug 03, 2021 at 09:55:07

Hi there, I was caught going 85 in a 55 on a two lane road in Heard County by Franklin. I’m 18, and this would be my first offense. I have a court date set for Sep 15, what should I do??

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Posted Aug 03, 2021 at 10:26:45

Talk to a lawyer who handles speeding cases in Heard County. That speed with your age can cause your license to be suspended, not to mention severely damage your wallet with court fines plus Super Speeder fees.

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Victoria Ngo

Posted Aug 05, 2021 at 09:28:05

Hi I recently got pulled over for going 24 miles over the speed limit I am below the age of 18 and got my license 4 months ago this is my first offense but I don’t know what to do? Will I get my license taken if I plead guilty or is there any other option where I can pay the fine and just take and 6 hr defense driving class?

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Posted Aug 05, 2021 at 10:14:24

If you just pay this ticket or plead guilty to it as is, your license will be suspended. You need to speak to a lawyer who handles cases wherever this ticket is. If you are still on a family insurance plan, you need to talk to your family about this ticket before you do anything. Your mishandling of this ticket could have expensive repercussions for them. Depending on the speed and the type of road, it could also be a super speeder offense which means an extra $200 on top of court fines and fees.

Taking the defensive driving course is a great idea and should be done, but it will not automatically and by itself save your license. Again, you need a lawyer.

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