Speeding and failure to obey posted traffic signs are the most common traffic violations in the District of Columbia. Generally, a speeding offense means you were driving faster than the posted speed limit for the street, road, or highway. Speed limits can vary depending one the area and the type of road you’re on. In most cases, speeding is a simple ticket, but when you drive too far over the speed limit, it can be considered reckless driving and become a crime.
It’s also important to know that even though speeding is a simple ticket, paying the fine is the same as pleading guilty and will result in the accumulation of demerit points on your license. Pleading guilty to speeding and paying the ticket also could affect you if you’re charged with another traffic offense in the future. Multiple infractions can increase penalties, and black marks on your driving history can affect your ability to work out future traffic charges. In fact, if you accumulate too many points on your license within a specific period of time, in DC, your license can be suspended or even revoked, which will lead to extreme complications in your day-to-day life and will most likely to cause your insurance rates to skyrocket or even lead to the cancellation of your insurance policy.
If you already have points on your license, or want to preserve a clean driving record, it may be worthwhile to consult an experienced traffic defense lawyer before pleading guilty and paying a speeding or traffic ticket. An attorney may be able to spot defenses to your particular speeding or traffic ticket and get the infraction dismissed or your penalties reduced.
Looking to Fight a DC Traffic Ticket?
Fighting a DC traffic ticket at the DC DMV in front of a hearing examiner/administrative law judge can be an intimidating, overwhelming and time consuming process. The process can also be very daunting and confusing if you are not familiar with it or have no experience fighting a traffic ticket at the DC DMV. What most people don’t know is that they have different options as to how to respond to a ticket. Most people think their only options are to either admit or deny. However, the option to admit with an explanation is also available.
If you do pay/admit guilt for a ticket, you will be found liable and the DC traffic points will be assessed by the DMV, but if you admit with an explanation, the hearing examiner/administrative law judge will be willing to consider waiving points and hear out your explanation. Any person can show up to the hearing and try to explain to an administrative law judge what they did, and why they believe they should not be found guilty or that they were guilty but there was some reason why they should be given reprieve or “a pass.”