Posts Tagged ‘Dallas Traffic Ticket Defense Attorney’

Photo-Enforced Red Light Tickets in Texas – What if Someone Else Was Driving My Car?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Photo-enforced red light tickets are a hotly contested topic, as concerns have been raised about the constitutionality of cameras at intersections, and photo-enforced traffic tickets that you receive in the mail.  Most states do have laws authorizing the use of photo-enforced traffic tickets, however, some states are rethinking this as it is often difficult to prove that the registered owner or possessor of the vehicle was the person who allegedly ran a red light or violated some other traffic law that was caught on camera.

Dallas Red Light Camera Safety Program

Dallas uses cameras in order to catch drivers running red lights and/or violating other traffic laws.  While it is certainly important to take measures to prevent people from running red lights, the situation becomes tricky when the accusation of running a red light is discovered in the form of a ticket that comes in the mail.  Instead of an officer’s own visual account of a particular red light traffic stop, a camera is deemed to be sufficient to warrant the imposition of a red light or other traffic ticket. 

While most individuals who receive red light tickets were the same individuals driving the car at the time of the alleged incident, there are times when a friend or family member has borrowed your car.  In such cases, the ticket does not go to the person who borrowed your car – the ticket goes to you.  You can always try to have your friend or family member pay for the ticket, however, there is no guarantee that the responsible party will in fact pay for the ticket.  As such, it is important to immediately seek resolution of the photo-enforced red light or other traffic ticket you received in the mail.  Resolution could mean dismissal or it could mean agreeing to plead guilty to a non-moving violation that will not have a negative effect on your driving or your insurance rates.

The Dallas Red Light Camera Safety Program does allow a way for individuals to contest red light tickets that are issued after you have sold your car, but before the registration has been updated to reflect the new owner of the car.  However, there is no clear option for contesting the ticket for the reason that you were not the person behind the wheel.  Given that red light and other photo-enforced tickets are not very serious, it is best to get the ticket resolved in the most reasonable way possible despite the fact that you may not be guilty at all.

Contact Dallas Traffic Ticket Defense Attorney Jack Pettit Today

All Dallas County traffic tickets can be a hassle and quite frustrating especially in cases where you were not driving your car.  Whether a family member, friend, or other individual was driving your car, it isn’t fair that you should be held responsible, and having to pay for a photo-enforced ticket you received in the mail.  Individuals who receive photo-enforced tickets in the mail have the ability to fight the ticket, and they may have a good chance of succeeding, however, many people choose to pay the fine just to put the ticket behind them.  It is always a good idea to speak with a Dallas County Traffic Attorney who can help you fight the red light or other traffic ticket that you have received in the mail.  Dallas Traffic Ticket Defense Attorney Jack Pettit has more than thirty years of experience, both as a former prosecutor and as a current criminal and traffic defense attorney, and has been helping protect his clients’ constitutional rights for decades.  If you would like to speak with Jack Pettit about your traffic ticket, contact our office today by calling (214) 521-4567 to schedule an initial consultation.  Our office conveniently provides bilingual legal services in both English and Spanish, and we also accept major credit cards.

The Texas Points System and Your Driving Record

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Traffic tickets aren’t just annoying.  They have the potential to result in a huge financial cost to you unless you are able to amend the traffic ticket (most frequently a speeding ticket) to a violation that does not add points to your Texas driver’s license.  Most states have points systems that provide a way to collect taxes in the form of fines from individuals who have a certain number of points on their driver’s licenses.  In Texas, the accumulation of a certain amount of points on your driver’s license results in the assessment of surcharges and, can also cause your auto insurance premiums to increase.

Along with the accumulation of points comes an increase in your automobile insurance rates.  Being issued citations for speeding or other traffic violations gives notice to your insurance company that you are not as safe of a driver as you are without a speeding ticket on your record.  Therefore, it is in your best interest to do what you can to avoid being pulled over and being issued a speeding ticket (or other traffic violation) in the first place.

How Many Points Are Assessed for Each Traffic Ticket and How Long Do They Stay on My Record?

The amount of points a driver is assessed for a speeding or other traffic ticket conviction depends on the speed of the car, the appearance of unsafe driving and the speed limit where the act occurred.  Points are accumulated separately each time a driver is pulled over, issued a citation, and found guilty of the charge.  Under Chapter 708 of the Texas Transportation Code (called the “Driver Responsibility Program”), a points system assesses points to your driver’s license for traffic convictions as follows:

  • Conviction for moving violation (except speeding less than 10% faster than the posted speed limit in a location other than a school zone): 2 points
  • Conviction for an offense relating to child passenger safety systems: 2 points
  • Conviction for a moving violation resulting in an accident: 3 points

It just takes a few tickets to accumulate enough points to be assessed a surcharge.  Further, if you drive without a valid license, fail to have automobile insurance, or operate an automobile while the registration is suspended in the previous 36 months, you will be assessed surcharges between $100 and $250 each year.

If you accumulate more than 6 points on your driver’s license during a period of 36 months, you will be required to pay a surcharge of $100 for the first 6 points, and $25 for each additional point to the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Traffic tickets have gone from those annoying occurrences that happened once in a while to violations that result in not only fines, but points on your driver’s license, and an increase in your automobile insurance rates.

In order to prevent the expensive consequences of accumulating points on your driver’s license, you need a Dallas traffic ticket attorney to amend your ticket to a charge that does not result in the accumulation of points.  Only an experienced Dallas County traffic ticket attorney can help you avoid the costly aftermath that could even lead to the suspension of your driver’s license if you accumulate a substantial amount of points.  For these reasons it is extremely important to consult with a Dallas traffic ticket attorney immediately following any traffic ticket you have been issued.

Contact Dallas Traffic Ticket Attorney Jack Pettit Today

The consequences of accumulating points on your driver’s license from multiple traffic tickets can cost you money from fines to an increase in your insurance rates to the suspension of your driver’s license.  It is better to take care of a traffic ticket with the help of a Dallas County Traffic Offense Lawyer instead of just paying the fine.  Dallas Traffic Ticket Defense Attorney Jack Pettit has helped hundreds of clients avoid getting points on their driver’s license by amending a traffic ticket to a lower violation that will not stay on their record as a moving violation.  To schedule an appointment with Mr. Pettit, contact our office today by calling (214) 521-4567.  Our office conveniently offers bilingual services in both Spanish and English.  We also accept major credit cards.