25 Feb Consequences Of Paying Your Traffic Ticket
When ticketed for a traffic violation, many just write off the ticket as a minor offense and pay the fine. However, when you just pay the ticket, you have just pled guilty to the offense and are convicted of the violation. Consequently, you risk the possibility of increased insurance rates, adding points to your driving record, and other negative consequences. However, instead of just pleading guilty, you have the option to contest your ticket.
In Oklahoma, point values range from one (1) to four (4) based on the severity of the offense. If one accumulates ten (10) or more points within a five (5) year period, his license will be suspended. Two (2) points are deducted for each twelve (12) month period in which there are no convictions of any traffic violations (violations which carry points that is). Additionally, two (2) points are deducted for successful completion of a DPS-approved Driver Compliance or Defensive Driving Course. Reductions for completion of these courses can be given once every two (2) years.
Below is a list of traffic violations and the corresponding point assessments:
Careless driving: 2 points;
Failure to stop or remain stopped for a school bus loading or unloading: 4 points;
Failure to obey stop sign or traffic light: 2 points;
Failure to yield right of way: 2 points;
Following too close or improperly: 2 points;
Left of center or wrong way on one way: 2 points;
Operating a defective vehicle: 1 point;
Reckless driving: 4 points;
Speed: 2 points;
Speed in excess of 25 mph above posted limit: 3 points;
Violation of license restriction: 2 points;
All other violations (excluding the violations requiring suspension or revocation action): 1 point.
Email, call us or facebook message us today for a free consultation to discuss all of options available at no charge. Do not just allow points to go against your driving record. Hiring a Traffic Ticket Attorney can help in many ways: dismissal, negotiating a lesser fine or fees, deferred adjudication, protecting your record and reputation, etc.
After all, broad and wide is the path that leadeth….to a bad driving record.