John D. Newkirk represents individuals who have been charged with all types of traffic offenses. Speeding tickets and traffic tickets may result in large fines, points on your driver's license, and increased insurance rates. Serious traffic violations may result in the loss of your driving privilege and jail time.
Individuals with a Commercial Drivers License may suffer severe penalties, including the loss of employment, from minor traffic violations.
Speeding and Traffic Tickets: In South Carolina all traffic tickets that are considered moving violations are given a point value; the minimum being a 2-point violation and the maximum being a 6-point violation. A person with a South Carolina driver's license cannot have 12 or more points on their driving record. If a person accumulates 12 points on their driving record, their driver's license will be suspended.
Driving Under Suspension: If an individual's driver's license is suspended, and he or she is caught driving, he or she will be charged with Driving Under Suspension. Driving Under Suspension is an offense that has enhanced penalties; meaning, the potential sentence increases with each offense. There is Driving Under Suspension 1st offense, 2nd offense, and 3rd or greater offense. The penalties for Driving Under Suspension range from fines to prison time. A conviction results in another driver's license suspension.
Driving Under Suspension DUI Related: If an individual's driver's license is suspended for DUI, and that person is caught driving, he or she will be charged with Driving Under Suspension DUI Related. Driving Under Suspension DUI Related carries increased penalties; the penalties range from fines to mandatory minimum prison time. A conviction results in another driver's license suspension.
Habitual Traffic Offender: If an individual accumulates three major traffic violations within a three year period, the South Carolina DMV will declare that person a habitual traffic offender and suspend his or her driver’s license for five years. If a person is caught driving during a habitual offender suspension period, he or she will be charged with the criminal charge of Habitual Traffic Offender. The criminal offense of Habitual Traffic Offender is a felony that carries up to five years in prison.
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