Think Twice Before Giving Up and Paying Your Traffic Fine

No matter where you go, people often think that traffic tickets and the harsh fines associated therewith are one of the unfortunate realities of life. In this view, some individuals simply pay their fines without thinking twice about their options. In the event that a person rarely receives traffic tickets, this may not be that big of a deal. However, as little as two traffic tickets can create huge hassles if not handled properly. Not only do traffic citations significantly impact one’s auto insurance premiums, they can also cause a person to lose their driver’s license altogether.

Under Chapter 708 of the Texas Transportation Code, it provides for what is known as the “Driver Responsibility Program”. This is a system where points and penalties are issued to a driver after he or she receives a certain number of traffic violations within a certain time period. Since the beginning of September, the State of Texas has been monitoring the amount of points generated by drivers for all traffic related convictions.

To illustrate, under the Driver Responsibility Program, 2 points are issued for a moving violations, with 3 points recorded if the violation involved a collision with another automobile. Non-moving violations such as not wearing a seatbelt, driving with an expired registration, failing to comply with state mandated inspections and others do not generate points against a driver. Once a person receives a total of 6 points within a three year period, he or she will be charged a surcharge, or penalty, of $100, with $25 required for each additional point. Said surcharges must be sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety on an annual basis for three years. If you fail to pay the surcharge, this department will immediately suspect your driver’s license.

It is important to keep in mind that certain types of traffic violations are treated more seriously in Texas than others. Notwithstanding, in the event that you are convicted of driving with a suspected license or without insurance, the point system will not apply. However, you will be required to pay a surcharge of $250 per year for three years. Driving without a valid operator’s license will also cause a person to incur a $100 surcharge.

Even though points only apply to traffic violation convictions, it is important to speak with an experienced Texas traffic attorney to learn more about your legal options. With over thirty years of experience successfully handling Texas traffic violation cases, attorney Jack Pettit will do what it takes to fight for your rights. When you work with Mr. Pettit, he will also take the time necessary to investigate the facts of your case and mount a strong defense on your behalf. Don’t take chances by representing yourself or give up by blindly paying fines. Get the information you need and the representation you deserve to make informed decisions about your case. If you would like to speak to Mr. Pettit about your felony or misdemeanor charges, contact our firm today by calling 214-521-4567. We accept most major credit cards and provide bilingual services in Spanish.



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