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If you’re like most people, when you get a traffic ticket you might be inclined to just pay the fine. This is a typical reaction to tickets for things like speeding, but what about a more serious traffic infraction? Reckless driving and other more serious charges can significantly impact your driving record and your insurance rates. To avoid the consequences of a traffic ticket, the best approach is an aggressive defense.  

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What Is Reckless Driving?

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

Sammy Hagar famously sang “I can’t drive 55”, and in the decades since that classic hit, the national speed limit has increased. But, many drivers still exceed the speed limit, and when they do they can face traffic tickets for the violation. If the speed is high enough, speeders can also be charged with reckless driving.A conviction means points on your driving record, and high fines.  

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How Traffic Tickets Impact Auto Insurance

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

While getting pulled over for speeding or some other moving violation may seem like a minor offense, the costs are very real. The fines associated with most speeding tickets are sky high, and getting a ticket can add points to your driving record that may put your ability to drive in jeopardy. But, some of the most severe costs may be the increase in your auto insurance rates.  

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How Long Does A Traffic Stop Last?

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

Seeing the flash of a police cruiser’s lights in your rear view mirror makes your heart jump to your throat. When this happens, your best move is to signal you are pulling over and then come to a stop as you wait for the officer to approach your window. Once stopped, remain calm and respectful when answering any questions. If ticketed it may go against your gut feeling, but thank the officer and then resume driving to your destination. Sounds easy enough, right? However, a traffic stop becomes more than routine when you are unsure as to when it has ended. The general rule is that the officer may detain a driver only as long as it takes to complete the actions relative to the initial reason for the stop.  

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It’s no secret that if you are given a ticket and/or convicted of certain offenses “points” are added to your driving record. These points affect your ability to drive and can also cause your insurance company to increase your rates. Therefore, it is important to have an understanding of how certain violations count against you and your driving record.  

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DWI Causes Trooper To Resign

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

A DWI is a serious charge, with serious consequences. You can lose your right to drive, go to jail, be required to have an interlock installed on your car, and pay higher insurance rates. You may also lose your job or be forced to resign.  

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Police Chief Arrested For DWI In North Carolina

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

The police are typically the ones responsible for enforcing the laws, not breaking them. But even the authorities are not immune from criminal charges, and find themselves on the other side of the prison bars. When a law enforcement officer is arrested for a crime, they are required to defend the charges and are subject to the same penalties as are civilians.  

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Off Duty Officer Charged With DWI

  • By James Cummings
  • Jul 18, 2014

DWI cases happen more frequently than most people know. While the charges are serious, they are defensible and you can come out of your case with a satisfactory result. The laws in place for DWI do not discriminate against the type of driver. Anyone, from celebrities and athletes to Judges and police, can be charged with a DWI.  

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