Even the most careful drivers make mistakes occasionally. Unfortunately, these mistakes can lead to traffic violations. In some cases, you may even be charged with a traffic violation when you believe you did everything right. Regardless of the situation, you need a competent, experienced attorney on your side in court if you plan to fight the charge.
About Traffic Violations in Mississippi
In Mississippi, you may be cited for a traffic violation any time an officer believes that you have broken the state’s established traffic laws. Some of the most common traffic violations include:
- Running a stop sign or stop light
- Seatbelt violations
- Driving without a license
- Drunk driving
- Open container violations
- Texting while driving
- Expired registration
- Illegal U-turn
- Unlawful vehicle modifications
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Reckless driving
- Speeding in a work zone
In some cases, you may be charged with multiple traffic violations at the same time, which may lead to a harsher penalty.
Because traffic violations range in severity, punishments for these crimes vary as well. Your punishment will also vary based on your criminal history. Possible punishments for traffic violations in Mississippi include:
- License suspension
- License revocation
DUI convictions may carry harsher consequences, such as jail time. In addition, any traffic violation may cause your car insurance premiums to increase.
When to Hire a Lawyer
If you have been charged with a traffic offense and you want to avoid paying the ticket or any other associated penalties, it is best to hire an attorney who has experience in this practice area to help you fight your charge. Although it is possible to represent yourself in court, the laws surrounding traffic offenses in Mississippi can be complicated. A skilled attorney can explain these laws as they apply to your case and help you understand your options. If you choose to fight the charge, an attorney can also help you navigate the trial process and maximize your chances of a satisfactory outcome in court.
Don’t face your traffic charges alone. If you are preparing to fight a traffic charge in court, contact the Laher Law Firm today to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation with our team. We look forward to working with you!