Almost everyone gets pulled over while driving at some point in their lives, and many of them get ticketed. Often, people get stopped and ticketed more than once. While your first inclination may be to pay the fine specified on the back of the ticket and move on with your life, it’s important to note that paying your ticket fine is the same as pleading guilty. In some cases, this may not be in your best interest. Even though Mississippi does not follow a point system to track violations like many other states, the penalties are still harsh and can impact your driving record.
The most common types of moving violations include:
- Driving under the minimum posted speed limit
- Driving under the influence of alcohol (which also carries criminal charges)
- Running a red light or a stop sign
- Improper turn
- Driving without a seat belt
Because many moving violations can potentially cause harm to others on the road, the penalties are stiff and can include hefty fines and the suspension of your license.
The most common types of non-moving violations include:
- Driving with an invalid vehicle registration
- Illegal parking, including parking in a handicapped parking spot without a handicap sticker
- Having missing license plates or expired tags
- Leaving a vehicle running but unattended
Non-moving violations typically have less severe penalties than moving violations, however, the fines can range anywhere from $10-$500.
Do You Need an Attorney for a Traffic Ticket
If your first thought after getting a ticket is not to hire an attorney, you’re not alone. However, fighting a traffic ticket in court greatly increases the chances that the ticket will be dismissed. This allows you to not only be free of having to pay the fine, but will also keep your driving record clean and keep your insurance rates from going up. In many cases, it is in your best interest to contact a traffic violation attorney to discuss your ticket and the options you have available to you.
Attorney J. Brian Kelley is an experienced traffic lawyer and can provide you with sound legal advice after you are stopped and ticketed by a Mississippi police officer.
Contact Attorney Kelley today for a consultation to learn more about Mississippi traffic laws and how they apply to your unique case. In order to make the best decision, it’s important for you to have all the information at hand. Call now at (662) 324-3476.