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Speeding Tickets

It is sometimes difficult to avoid going over the speed limit in Delaware unless you keep a constant lookout for the speed limit signs or know the roads well. If you are stopped by a police officer i

Red Light/ Stop Sign

You might think that rushing through a red light just as it turns red, or not stopping at a stop sign if you think the road ahead is clear, are minor issues, but the state of Delaware thinks otherwise.

Careless Driving

Careless driving in Delaware, or inattentive driving, which is covered by the same state statute, is an offense which can have serious consequences if it results in harm to a pedestrian, cyclist ..

Why You Need a Delaware Traffic Lawyer

There are many people who take getting a traffic ticket lightly and may even plead guilty to a violation even if they didn’t do it simply because they think it makes life easier for them. Less than 10% of people who get a traffic violation citation fight their charge. Some people may think that hiring a traffic lawyer is too expensive and it is cheaper to pay a fine instead. However, there are many reasons why a traffic violation can add up to be an expensive business and you might find that you cannot afford not to fight the charge and use a lawyer instead.

Traffic Violation Penalties

When you get a ticket there are several different penalties that can affect you in Delaware. These include direct penalties like fines and points, as well as indirect penalties like insurance premium hikes and the effect on your job. The penalties can be summarized as:

  • Fines
  • Points added to your license
  • License Suspension
  • Insurance Premium Increases
  • Income Loss

Points

Most traffic violations in Delaware will result in having points added to your license. This varies from 2 points for being a little over the speed limit to 6 points on your license for reckless driving. Although the points may not actually have any direct effect on you if you have a clean license at the time of the violation, if you accumulate 12 points , then you risk losing your license for a 2 month period, or more if you have more points.

License Suspension

Your license will be suspended automatically if you accumulate 12 or more points. If you only have 12 points you can complete a driver modification course to keep your license, but with 14 or more points, it will mean a mandatory license suspension for 4 or more months. If you are caught speeding at more than 25 mph over the limit you may also have your license suspended

Effect on Insurance Premium

You may find that having a traffic ticket affects your insurance premium. This is because insurance companies see you as more of a risk. The more tickets you get, the higher your premium will be raised. This could be a substantial amount you have to pay year after year.

Effect on Your Job

Although you might be able to apply for a hardship license, having your license suspended can be a burden. This is doubly so if it is a commercial driver license. You may find that your employer no longer wants to employ you, or it may be difficult to apply for another job if being able to drive is part of the requirement.

Why You Need a Lawyer

Add up all the separate costs and they might far outweigh the cost of hiring a lawyer. An experienced Delaware traffic violation lawyer knows the way the law works in this state and is able to help you get your charge dismissed altogether if you are lucky, or at least plea bargain it down to a lesser offense or minimize it substantially.

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