Traffic Violations

Traffic Violations

 

Frankfort Traffic Lawyer 

Some traffic violations in Kentucky result in citations that are merely an inconvenience for the ticketed party. Other Kentucky traffic offenses can result in criminal misdemeanor charges. Your traffic offense may qualify for Kentukcy State Traffic School if you have not plead guilty to a speeding offense within the last year. 

You may need to fight a ticket to keep too many points from accumulating on your license, if you are facing criminal charges as a result of a serious traffic offense you will want to avoid a lengthy jail sentence, or your current employment may be dependant on you not pleading to a traffic offense that would suspend your license. You need an experienced traffic attorney that can explain your options and help you avoid any unecessary collatoral consequences in your traffic case. 

Each Kentucky licensed driver can gain 12 points on their license within a 12 month period before it is suspended. If you are pulled over for driving 10 MPH or less above the posted speed limit you won’t get any points added to your record. Those particular violation have a zero point value.  Here is a  summary of some of the most common violations and their associated points:

  • 3 Points: Speeding 11-15 MPH, Failure to Yield, Stop Violation (traffic signal, railroad crossing, stop sign), Careless Driving, Improper Lane Usage.
  • 4 Points: Reckless Driving, Following Too Closely, Changing Drivers in a Motor Vehicle, Out of Control Vehicle.
  • 5 Points: Improper Passing
  • 6 Points: Speeding 16-25 MPH, Failure to Stop For a School Bus, Committing 2 or More Violations at Once.

Careless/Reckless Driving 

Careless driving in Kentucky is a traffic violation, as codified under Kentucky Revised Statute 189.290.

(1) The operator of any vehicle upon a highway shall operate the vehicle in a careful manner, with regard for the safety and convenience of pedestrians and other vehicles upon the highway.
(2) No person shall willfully operate any vehicle on any highway in such a manner as to injure the highway.

The statute is broad and applies to a large number of cases. If you are convicted of reckless or careless driving you could face fines from $20 to $100 plus court costs, suspension or revocation of your license (3 point loss for careless driving and 4 point loss for reckless driving), and skyrocketing insurance premiums. To help prevent personal and legal consequences of careless or reckless driving, discuss your options for defense with a traffic attorney as soon as possible.

Suspended License 

Charges for driving under a suspended license can be an unpleasant surprise for a Kentuky motorist. Some local Frankfort drivers do not know their licenses have been suspended until they are stopped by law enforcement, and this turns what they’d believed was a routine traffic stop into a handcuffed trip to the Franklin County Detention Center. Others drive knowing their license is suspended but are unaware of the penalties, especially for a subsequent conviction of of driving with a suspended license in Kentucky.