Indiana Traffic Violations Lawyer
Often when individuals receive a traffic ticket, they never consider the option to hire an attorney for traffic ticket issues. What they often fail to realize is that with every traffic violations Indiana has recorded on your driving record, you get that much closer to becoming an HTV. Call a top traffic violations attorney at 317-721-4783.
What is a Traffic Ticket?
A traffic ticket is a notice issued by a law enforcement official to a motorist or other road user, indicating that the user has violated traffic laws in the area. In Indiana, the fines for tickets may vary from county to county.
Do You Need a Lawyer For Traffic Court?
Most individuals may shun the idea or getting a lawyer for speeding tickets received in Indiana. Whenever you have an interaction with the criminal justice system, and trust that the traffic courts are part of the criminal justice system, it’s recommended that you work with a traffic lawyer to handle any traffic violations. So yes. Run, Don’t walk to hire an attorney for a traffic ticket.
Indiana traffic laws
Some common traffic violations that we commonly assist our clients with are as follows:
- Reckless Driving
- Driving While Suspended
- Habitual Traffic Violator
- Driving Without a License
Types of Traffic Violations
Habitual Traffic Violator
What is a Habitual Traffic Violator? A habitual traffic violator is anyone who is convicted of at least three major traffic violations in a ten year period. Common examples of major traffic violations include Operating a Vehicle Under The Influence, leaving the scene of an accident or Operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or more resulting in death. There is a certain set of criteria that the BMV uses to determine whether a driver qualifies as a HTV.The criteria is as follows:
- Reckless homicide resulting from operating a motor vehicle.
- Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle.
- A driver involved in an accident resulting in death or injury who fails to stop at the scene of the accident to provide information and assistance.
- Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated resulting in death.
- Operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or more resulting in death.
If as a driver you are convicted of two judgments within a 10-year period of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated resulting in death or operating a motor vehicle with blood alcohol content of .08 percent or more resulting in death will result in your driving privileges being suspended for life.
An HTV is any person who, within a 10-year period, accumulates three judgments including:
- Driving while intoxicated or with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or more.
- Reckless driving.
- Criminal recklessness as a felony involving the operation of a motor vehicle.
- Drag racing or engaging in a speed contest in violation of the law.
- Leaving the scene of an accident or failing to notify authorities of an accident when required.
- Resisting law enforcement under IC 35-44.1-3-1.
- Any felony under an Indiana motor vehicle statute or any felony in which the operation of a vehicle is an element of the offense.
- Operating a Class B motor driven cycle in violation of IC 9-24-1-1(b).
- Any of the offenses listed in Section A,
Drivers who, within a 10-year period, accumulate three judgments from the above list will have their driving privileges suspended for 10 years.
Section C – Nine Traffic Violations Plus One Major Offense
An HTV under this section is subject to a five year driving privilege suspension and has accumulated 10 or more traffic violations in a 10-year period, one of which is a major offense as listed in Sections A or B or one of the following:
- Operating a motor vehicle while the person’s license to do so has been suspended or revoked as a result of the person’s conviction of an offense under IC 9-1-4-52 (repealed July 1, 1991), IC 9-24-18-5(b) (repealed July 1, 2000), IC 9-24-19-2, or IC 9-24-19-3.
- Operating a motor vehicle without ever having obtained a license to do so.
As an example, if you were to receive nine speeding tickets and one OWI conviction in a 10-year period, you would be subject to a five-year suspension as an HTV.
A Traffic Defense Law Firm for You
If you received a traffic ticket in Indiana, regardless of how major or minor the violation was. Our Indianapolis defense attorneys will discuss ways to reduce fines or administrative penalties or fight false charges. We take this responsibility seriously for all of our clients throughout Indianapolis and Central Indiana. To schedule an appointment, call our lawyers in Indianapolis at 317-721-4783.