Traffic Offenses

    When Minors are Cited for Traffic Offenses in Georgia

    Are you or your loved one facing the daunting challenge of an underage traffic violation in North Atlanta? The consequences of such infractions can have a profound impact on your driving future, potentially leading to points on your license, increased insurance rates, and even the loss of driving privileges. However, with the right legal representation, you can navigate these challenges and protect your ability to drive.

    Underage Traffic Offense Lawyers

    At Phyllis Gingrey Collins Law Firm, we understand the complexities and seriousness of underage traffic violations. Whether you’re facing charges of underage DUI, eluding the police, or other traffic infractions, our experienced legal team is here to provide you with the support and guidance you need.

    We Help You Protect Your Right To Drive

    Points on your license can accumulate quickly and lead to significant consequences, especially for young drivers. However, with proactive legal representation, you can take steps to minimize or avoid points altogether. Our firm works diligently to explore all available options to protect your driving record and preserve your ability to drive.

    The point system for drivers in Georgia can be especially difficult for under 18 drivers.  A speeding ticket or two and before you know it you’re a minor offense from losing your license.  Whether you are facing the effects of minor offenses accumulating, or more serious offenses like Underage DUI and eluding the police, the Juvenile Defense Team at Phyllis Law can help you.   

    Put Experience On Your Side – Protect Your Georgia Drivers License

    Phyllis Gingrey Collins is an experienced and dedicated juvenile defense lawyer who has successfully represented clients in a wide range of underage traffic violation cases. With her in-depth knowledge of Georgia’s traffic laws and her commitment to her clients’ best interests, she provides comprehensive legal representation designed to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients.

    Don’t let an underage traffic violation derail your driving future. Contact Phyllis Gingrey Collins Law Firm today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you navigate the complexities of underage traffic violations with confidence and peace of mind.

     

    Juvenile Traffic Offenses

    There are several seemingly minor traffic violations that someone under 21 can fairly easily lose their license for. Every situation is unique, but younger drivers are very susceptible to harsh penalties for fairly common driving situations including things like:

    • Speeding
    • Failure to Maintain Lane
    • Following too Close
    • Suspended License
    • Driving without a valid license
    • Reckless driving
    • Laying drags
    • DUI
      Suspended registration
    • Driving without Valid Insurance
    • Improper turn
      Failure to yield
    • Cell phone distraction

    These driving offenses very likely require an attorney, especially if you intend to protect your right to drive and a clean driving record. Not showing up to court / simply paying the fine is the same as pleading guilty and can result in unexpected license suspension for under 18 drivers in Georgia. When you simply pay the fine, that can result in “points” being assessed against your license.

    Points & Suspended Licenses

    If you are under the age of 18 and have 4 points assessed against your driver’s license in a 12 month period, your license will be suspended. Look at some of the points for different offenses and you will see that there are many offenses where a single offense can lead to a 12-month suspension.

    Sample list of Points System

    Offense Code

    Conviction

    Points

    §40-6-397

    Aggressive Driving

    6 Points

    §40-6-390

    Reckless Driving

    4 Points

    §40-6-163

    Unlawful Passing School Bus

    6 Points

    §40-6-45

    Improper Passing on Hill or Curve

    4 Points

    §40-6-181

    Speeding:

    15 to 18 mph over the speed limit

    2 Points

    19 to 23 mph over the speed limit

    3 Points

    24 to 33 mph over the speed limit

    4 Points

    34 mph or more over the speed limit

    6 Points

     

    §40-6-20

    Failure to Obey Traffic-Control Device

    3 Points

    §40-6-2

    Failure to Obey Police Officer

    3 Points

    §40-6-253

    Possessing an Open Container of an Alcoholic Beverage while Driving

    2 Points

    §40-6-248.1

    Failure to Adequately Secure Load (except fresh farm produce), resulting in an Accident

    2 Points

    §40-8-76

    Violation of Child Safety Restraint

    1st Offense

    1 Point

    2nd or Subsequent Offense

    2 Points

     

    §40-6-241.1

    Violation of usage of wireless telecommunication device requirements

    1 Point

    §40-6-241.2

    Operating a Vehicle while Text Messaging

    1 Point

    §40-6-54

    Improper Use of Designated Travel Lane – 4th and Subsequent Offense

    1 Point

     

    All Other Moving Violations

    3 Points

    Traffic Offenses Involving “Juvenile Delinquency Offenses”

    This second category is much more problematic. This isn’t as much “driving offenses” as it is “crimes committed with an automobile”. These offenses range from misdemeanors to very serious felonies and include crimes like:

    • Street Racing
    • Using a Motor Vehicle to Flee a Crime or Attempting to Elude an Officer
    • Hit & Run
    • Reckless Driving
    • DUI / Underage DUI
    • Vehicular Homicide

    If you are facing any of the above charges there is no question that representation will be required. Our team of juvenile defense attorneys can work with your family to ensure that we are protecting your child’s future and freedom. Contact our office today to learn how we can help protect your freedom, future and finances.