The simple answer to that question is that you probably do. Even what you may consider a minor speeding ticket can have unintended consequences in your life if you simply plead guilty and pay the fine. This is what many Virginia residents do, so why should you be any different? Because not all traffic law violations are created equal, and you may not be prepared for the repercussions.
These are tense times. It would be nice if that wasn't the case, but denying the reality isn't wise. Indeed, just being pulled over by the police for what may seem minor traffic violations can have a deadly outcome, as cases across the country in recent years have shown.
Did you happen to see the story recently about the roundup of an alleged crime ring in another state? Authorities are getting ready to accuse the group of, among other things, renting fraudulent license plates.
How do you know what you know? That's a line from a song written by balladeer Michael Johnson. As we wrote in a post in January, one of the biggest issues anyone in Virginia facing a traffic citation likely has is that they don't know what they don't know about the legal nuances involved.
It's easy assume when you get a ticket for speeding or some other traffic violation that dealing with it is a simple matter. In many jurisdictions, being tagged for a traffic offense is accompanied by some level of information about how you can respond. What more do you need, right?
There are many reasons why Virginia residents could have their drivers license revoked or suspended. For instance, someone who is convicted of operating a motor vehicle while impaired could have his or her license suspended or revoked. The same is true of those who are convicted of operating a motor vehicle with a license suspended because of a drunk driving conviction.
Quick, what's the only time you've ever confronted a legal problem? If you answered when you got a traffic ticket, you would not be alone. The truth is that traffic citations are the most common reason individuals in Virginia find themselves in front of the bench.
Traffic offenses are by far the most frequent reason that people find themselves embroiled in the criminal justice system. According to insurer Esurance.com, Virginia ranks 7th in the number of traffic citations issued each year. Even a simple traffic offense such as speeding or failing to stop at a stop sign can lead to an increase in your car insurance rates, hefty court fines and costs, and employment consequences.