There are times when getting a ticket for exceeding the speed limit can be fairly minor, requiring only the payment of a fine. However, if you're caught driving at speeds much greater than the speed limit, you may have to deal with more serious consequences. When speeding under the influence of alcohol, you may be facing criminal charges. In that case, there's no question = you're going to need a lawyer.
Multiple Speeding Tickets Are More Serious
If you're pulled over by a police officer for driving even just a few miles over the speed limit, you'll likely receive a ticket. In many states, you can either pay the fine or appear in traffic court to dispute it. For your first speeding violation, the punishment may not be so bad. But fines and points on your license will increase with each additional speeding ticket to the point where you lose your license.
Speeding Can Become Reckless Driving
Speeding can be considered reckless driving if you're driving dangerously over the legal speed limit. This is a serious charge and hiring a lawyer to defend you becomes more important. If you or your lawyer can't come to an agreement with the court, the number of points placed on your driving record may be so substantial that just one reckless driving violation can result in the loss of your license.
Moving Violations Include DUIs
Driving over the speed limit after drinking is an extremely serious charge in most states, and it's something you can be arrested for. Possible punishments include expensive court fees and fines, community service, loss of your driving privileges, and maybe even jail time. A DUI will remain on your criminal record for years, affecting future job opportunities and increasing the cost of car insurance.
You May Be Sued for Injuries You Cause
Speed limits exist to help drivers stay in control of their vehicles. When exceeding the speed limit (especially under the influence of alcohol) leads to an accident, it's your fault. You might get sued. This can result in you paying the other person's medical bills plus amounts for their pain and suffering.
A Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help
The law surrounding speeding violations is complicated. Plus, the facts of each case are unique. This article provides a brief, general introduction to the topic. We hope you found it useful. For more detailed, specific information, please contact a criminal defense lawyer.