Salt Lake City Multiple Traffic Violations Lawyer
Utah is not a state known for being extremely strict when it comes to imposing traffic tickets. However, if you break transit laws, you could still receive one or more tickets depending on your infraction or infractions. Possible consequences can range from fines to jail time and the suspension of your driving privileges.
If you or a loved one is facing multiple traffic violation tickets, you need immediate assistance from a Salt Lake City traffic ticket lawyer. Darwin Overson from Overson Law has gained extensive experience handling traffic violation cases for more than 15 years. If you wish to learn more about your situation in a free, confidential consultation, call our law offices at (801) 758-2287 today.
Common Traffic Offenses in Utah
Generally, people face traffic tickets for violating general rules. Some of the most common traffic offenses in Utah include
- Running a red light,
- Running a stop sign,
- Parking violations,
- Speeding, and
- Texting while driving.
While this is not an exhaustive list of common traffic offenses, it illustrates the types of infractions drivers are accused of every day.
Utah’s Driver License Division Point System
The Utah Driver License Division (DLD) sets forth a point system through which they can keep tabs on your driving record. Depending on the type of infraction and the severity of it, the DLD will add points to your driver’s license. In more severe cases an individual can have their license suspended without accumulating points. According to Utah’s Driver License Division, some of the most common traffic violations receive the following demerit or infraction points as follows:
- Following another car too closely: 60 infraction points
- Failing to yield right-of-way: 60 infraction points
- Running a stop sign: 50 infraction points
- Running a red light: 50 infraction points
- Reckless driving: 80 infraction points
- Speeding over the limit by 1mph to 21mph: 35 to 75 infraction points, depending on the circumstances
- Texting while driving: 60 infraction points
If a person reaches 200 points in a 3-year period, he or she will have their driver’s license suspended for 3 months to 1 year. People under the age of 21 will have their license suspended for 1 month to 1 year if they accumulate 70 points in a 3-year period.
The DLD grants the opportunity to clear your records, provided you follow good driving behavior for a set period. Additionally, if you participate in the state’s driver improvement course and complete it successfully, the DLD will remove 50 points off your driver’s license.
Other than losing your license – which is bad enough – you could also face further consequences. While typically there is no jail time for a traffic ticket, depending on specific circumstances, a person could still face incarceration. For instance, if a person was speeding and, as a consequence, crashes into another vehicle, they could face charges for reckless driving. Reckless driving is classified as a Class B misdemeanor in Utah. If found guilty, you could face jail time, and infraction points would be added to your driver’s license.
Fighting your Traffic Tickets in Court
There are times where a person may want to challenge or contest their traffic tickets in court. Once the hearing date has been established with the court, the person has the opportunity to prepare for the case. Failing to appear at your scheduled hearing can cause several consequences including bench warrants for your arrest.
Contesting your tickets in court require collecting relevant and essential evidence. Eyewitness testimony from passengers in your vehicle or someone else who witnessed the incident is good evidence to help your case. Traffic camera footage can also be excellent proof of what really happened. You would also need to be prepared for questioning during the hearing. Going through this process on your own could be risky; if you fail to manage your case correctly, you could lose the case. An experienced traffic ticket lawyer could help you prepare for your court hearing.
If after presenting your evidence you are found guilty, you would have to pay the total fines for your tickets. However, proving your case will save you from spending money on your tickets and, more importantly, no infraction points will be added to your driver’s license. You should also consider the possibility of negotiating your case with the prosecution for a better outcome, should you need it. If you have multiple traffic tickets, you could negotiate with the prosecutor and plead guilty for one or more infractions in exchange for dropping other charges.
Salt Lake City, Utah Traffic Ticket Lawyers Offering Free Consultations
If you or someone you know is facing multiple traffic tickets in Salt Lake City, or anywhere in Utah, we may be able to help you. To schedule a free consultation with our experienced lawyers, call Overson Law today at (801) 758-2287 today.