Fighting Arkansas Traffic Tickets
Just about everyone who has a driver’s license has had some kind of traffic violation. Drivers commit these violations all the time, but only a select few are unlucky enough to be singled out for a traffic stop. A traffic stop may simply end with a warning, or it may involve a ticket. In the worst cases, a serious traffic violation can end in an arrest. If you’re ticketed for traffic violations like speeding, reckless driving in Arkansas, our experienced and expert defense attorney of Morledge Law Firm in Little Rock can help.
Whether it is for running a stop sign, speeding, reckless driving failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, most people just end up paying the ticket, even if they think they didn’t do anything wrong. The problem is that even minor violations can add up. Enough violations may result in your license getting suspended and heavy increases in your insurance rates. Challenging traffic violations in court can keep your driving record clean and keep your insurance rates low.
Arkansas Points System
The Office of Driver Services in Arkansas handles driver’s licenses, driving records, traffic violations, and insurance verification. They also handle the Administrative Point System. Under the points system, each traffic violation is assigned a specific number of points. After a driver accumulates a certain number of points, they may have their license suspended.
Points violations range from 3 points up to 16 points. Once a driver receives 10 points, they are issued a warning letter, essentially telling them to drive more carefully. After 14 points, they are sent a notice that their license will be suspended for three months, and they will have a hearing to discuss the suspension. After 18 points, their license can be suspended for 6 months. After 24 points, their license may be suspended for a year.
3 point violations: Careless driver; driving without lights; driving while on a suspended license; failure to obey a traffic signal; failure to yield; following too close; passing on the wrong side; reckless driving; and speeding up to 10 miles per hour over the limit.
8 point violations: Evading arrest with a motor vehicle; passing a stopped school bus; racing; speeding more than 31 miles per hour over the limit; and commercial vehicle reckless driving.
14-16 point violations: Refusing a breath blood or urine test; commercial motor vehicle DUI; and driving while intoxicated (DWI).
Commercial Driver’s License Holders (CDLs)
Not just anyone can get a Commercial Driver’s License in Arkansas. You need to meet certain requirements, pay additional fees, take specific written and road skills tests, and in some cases, undergo a background check. A CDL may be the source of your livelihood, and losing your license may mean losing your job.
Commercial drivers can also be held to a higher standard than regular drivers. While a regular driver is in violation of DWI laws with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher, a commercial driver is over the limit with half that level, at only 0.04% BAC. Commercial driver’s often have more to lose if they have their license suspended, so it is important to make sure you keep your license to drive, and fight any traffic violations.
Penalties for Traffic Violations
The penalties for these violations include not only the fines associated with the ticket. After enough points, your license may be suspended. In order to get your driving privileges reinstated, you will have to pay a $150 reinstatement fee, with a possible online processing fee. In cases of a DWI, you will also have to complete a drug or alcohol education or treatment program.
On top of these court and state imposed costs, your insurance carrier will likely increase your insurance premiums. In the case of serious traffic violations, this may double your auto insurance costs for years to come, adding up to thousands of dollars.
Little Rock Traffic Violations Defense Attorney
If you were ticketed for a serious traffic violation, like speeding, reckless driving, driving while on a suspended license, or are concerned that even minor violations may lead to an expensive license suspension, the Morledge Law Firm is a local traffic violations defense attorney who can help you. Also serving Benton, Conway and Hot Springs, Morledge Law Firm is an experienced Little Rock traffic violations defense attorney with a record of success can fight to have your ticket dismissed, or reduced, saving you points on your record and costly insurance increases.