Traffic Ticket 411

On March 15, 2016 by Linda Fenner

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU RECEIVE A TRAFFIC TICKET

If you receive a traffic ticket, it is of vital importance to read the instructions given with the ticket. Some states print them on the reverse side, or there may be an additional page. Be sure to read these instructions closely! Some states require you send in a “not guilty” plea to obtain a court date.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

Moving traffic convictions can impact your ability to keep your job, can impact your insurance rates, and in some cases affect your CSA score. It is very important to try to avoid convictions. Even if a dismissal is not possible, attorneys may be able to have the ticket amended to a lesser charge, which would have a decreased impact on your driving record. The judge, the prosecutor, and the ticketing officer, AS WELL AS YOUR DRIVING RECORD, are factors that impact the final outcome of your case.

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DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE

Failing to handle your citation can lead to a warrant and extra fines. You should never respond late to the courts. If you hire an attorney, it is important that you cooperate with the attorney by getting all requested paperwork to him in a timely manner. Remember that a conviction of two serious traffic violations will disqualify you from driving for 60 days.

Now that you have the traffic ticket 411, please pass this on to your friends. And when you need help, remember to call Coast To Coast at 1-888-266-0499!

Don’t Pay the Fine, No Matter How Small!

On December 15, 2015 by Linda Fenner

No matter how insignificant your traffic violation may seem, there is never a reason to just pay the fine. Even the smallest ticket can cause a problem. If you have a clean driving record when you receive your first “gift” from the officer, keep it that way by consulting with us so we can refer you to an attorney.

Truckers call us every day and tell us they just went ahead and paid their last ticket because their record was clean at the time, but now they have been issued another one. Tickets can mount quickly and cause a lot of problems. In addition to the damage to your driving record, it also effects your insurance. Coast To Coast has a data base of attorneys familiar with CDL law to consult on your behalf. Call us at 1-888-266-0499!

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Special Information for Drivers Licensed in Florida

On November 15, 2015 by Linda Fenner

In the state of Florida, there is a huge difference between reckless driving and careless driving. Reckless driving is a “criminal traffic offense”, while careless driving is only a “civil traffic infraction”. Please give us a call if you receive either one. We can contact our attorneys and check with them about a possible outcome in court that would benefit you. There is no charge to you for us to do this.

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Remember, the effect of a traffic violation on your record is different in each state. Take the time to call us at 1-888-266-0499 so we may help you make the right decision. All of the attorneys we work with are familiar with CDL law, and are local to the area in which the ticket was issued. At Coast To Coast, we treat each of our clients with individual, professional care.

Don’t Make These Mistakes When You Get A Ticket!

On October 15, 2015 by Linda Fenner

We talk to truck drivers every day. I would like to share with you some of the most common mistakes made by our clients when they receive a traffic violation.

    1. Assuming it will not effect your driving record.
    2. Not confirming what you are told by the officer at the time of the stop. Sometimes their remarks are based on the law in their state and not the state you are licensed in.
    3. Waiting too late to hire an attorney to represent you in court.
    4. Not reading the ticket instructions. This is very important. They are different in nearly every state.
    5. Not cooperating with the officer or “copping an attitude”.
    6. Paying the fine before consulting with an attorney.

Now that you are informed, please pass this on to your friends. And remember to call Coast To Coast at 1-888-266-0499 to protect your CDL!

 

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Traffic Tickets Explained

On September 15, 2015 by Linda Fenner

Almost every trucker is going to receive a traffic ticket, whether they deserve it or not. That is just how it goes. How it will affect you depends a great deal on how and why it is written. Most truckers, in our experience, receive tickets classified as infractions or misdemeanors, and only occasionally as felonies.

An infraction can be written as a moving, or non-moving, violation of the law, such as a minor speeding or seat belt ticket, depending on the state where you are licensed. Penalties usually can be paid and do not involve jail time. However, they can and usually do have a negative impact on your driving record, and your CSA score if you were inspected at the time of the stop.

trucking traffic tickets explainedMisdemeanors are more serious than infractions, and they vary by state. Misdemeanors may include driving without insurance, driving without a valid license, driving under the influence, or failing to stop at an accident.

Felonies usually have larger fines or longer jail time, or both. They are the most serious crimes under the law, and the punishments match the violation. A felony can affect some of your personal rights as a citizen, and you may spend more than a year in jail.

Protect yourself and your driving record! Call Coast To Coast today at 1-888-266-0499.

Welcome to “Trucker Talk”!

On September 5, 2015 by Linda Fenner

Welcome to our new column, called “Trucker Talk”. We’ll be posting tips, tricks and advice on a monthly basis, designed to help you, our friends and clients. Please feel free to comment on our articles, but be aware that for regulatory reasons, all comments must be reviewed before posting. Of course, you may also want to subscribe to our RSS feed so you don’t miss anything!

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