Speeding tickets can come with a variety of different penalties. Luckily, we know a guy who can help you get those charges dismissed. If you forgo legal representation, or if you have numerous previous speeding citations, here are four potential penalties you can face.
1. Fines – A monetary penalty is probably the most common penalty you’ll face if you receive a speeding or related traffic citation. Fines are oftentimes just the tip of the iceberg, because some cities and states impose additional surcharges and fees. Fines can range from $25 to hundreds or even thousands of dollars based on the violation, your driving history, and if people were injured or you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
2. License Suspension – If you’ve racked up numerous speeding violations over a short period of time, you can have your license suspended by the state. Depending on the situation, your license can be suspended for 30 days to a year or more. Getting your license reinstated varies based on what caused your license to be suspended in the first place, but as long as you pay the fees, stay out of driving trouble and follow the court’s instructions, you can get your license back after its been suspended fairly easily.
3. License Revocation – A license revocation is a little more serious than a license suspension, and it will usually require more work on your end to get your license reinstated after the revocation period. If you license was revoked for alcohol, drugs or criminal vehicular homicide, your reinstatement fee will be $680. For less extreme violations like speeding or insurance issues, it’s only $30. You may also be required to attend a traffic court hearing.
4. Insurance Increases – This penalty usually slides under the radar for most people, but it can be costly. You might think a $150 speeding ticket is annoying but manageable, but that citation can increase your insurance rates for years to come, costing you hundreds of extra dollars in insurance premiums. The true cost of a traffic ticket is often 4x-5x the amount of the citation itself, so don’t forget to think about all the costs involved when deciding if you should hire a traffic ticket attorney to contest your ticket.