Marion Traffic Violation Attorneys
If you have been accused of a traffic violation in Marion, you may be considering your options. A traffic ticket can be frustrating. It can cost you time, money, and even your driver’s license. You might wonder if it’s in your best interests to pay the ticket or challenge it.
You may not even fully understand all of the consequences associated with a traffic violation. In fact, many people don’t realize that many traffic offenses are misdemeanors in South Carolina. A conviction for a traffic violation can even land you in jail.
Law Office of William J. Luse has years of experience helping good people who are facing a variety of offenses, including traffic violations. The Marion traffic violations attorneys at Law Office of William J. Luse are prepared to help you fight the ticket to the fullest extent of the law. AVVO recognizes William J. Luse as a top contributor proving his dedication to educating individuals in the law and empowering them to exercise their legal rights. With numerous accolades for his outstanding work on behalf of clients, William J. Luse thoroughly knows South Carolina traffic laws and uses every legal avenue to advocate for those he represents.
If you’re facing a traffic ticket or allegations of a traffic violation, Law Office of William J. Luse can help. Call (843) 839-4795, email us, or chat live to speak with a member of our legal team. We will fight for your rights and work to help you get the best possible result for your traffic case in South Carolina.
Should I Hire a Lawyer for My Traffic Violation?
If you’re facing a traffic offense, there are numerous ways an attorney can help you get the best result for your case. Your attorney knows the best possible defenses for law enforcement’s case against you. Too many law enforcement officers fail to do careful work when they investigate traffic cases. Law enforcement might just assume that you’re not going to challenge the ticket. An attorney knows better than to just assume that the police are right. Your attorney can help you demand police video and identify witnesses. They know how to critically examine law enforcement’s actions for errors that can derail the case against you.
In addition to helping you attack each element of the charges and the police investigation, your attorney helps you evaluate your case in order to reach the best possible resolution. Your attorney may help you negotiate with the prosecutor’s office to reduce the charge from a misdemeanor to a non-criminal infraction. They may work to help you lower the charges against you to an offense that carries a lower fine or fewer points on your license. By working with an experienced attorney, you know that you’re getting the best possible defense to your traffic violation charge.
The consequences of a traffic offense in Marion can be severe. Fines can cost hundreds of dollars. Even if you don’t lose your license for the offense, you receive points on your license that can result in a license suspension if you’re accused of another traffic violation in the future. And if you need a driver’s license for work, a traffic offense can hurt your career. The best plan is to address your traffic violation as aggressively as possible. With an experienced Marion traffic defense attorney working for you, you can rest assured that you’re taking the right steps to defend against your traffic violation.
Why Choose Law Office of William J. Luse To Handle My Case?
If you need a traffic violation lawyer in Marion, William J. Luse has the skill and experience to give you legal representation that’s a cut above the rest. Both Attorney and Practice magazine and AVVO have recognized William J. Luse for his outstanding client services. William J. Luse has a well-established practice of law right here in Marion. His knowledge of the law and the local courts will give you an advantage as Law Office of William J. Luse defends you in your traffic violation case.
An essential part of successfully defending your traffic violation case is preparing for court. At Law Office of William J. Luse, trial preparation is serious business. With attorney William J. Luce, you don’t prepare in a conference room like you might with other attorneys. Instead, you prepare in a mock courtroom. William J. Luse has the only mock courtroom in a Marion law office. You can prepare for your court appearance in an environment that simulates the exact feeling of being in court. When you walk into court with Law Office of William J. Luse, you walk into court fully prepared for what’s in store.
Traffic Violation Cases We Handle
Our law offices can represent you for any kind of traffic violation or offense. Here are just some of the types of traffic matters that Law Office of William J. Luse can handle on your behalf:
- Failing to stop at a stop sign; disregarding a traffic signal
- Failure to yield the right of way; improper turn
- Rear-end accidents or failing to stop for the vehicle in front of you
- Improper passing
- Reckless driving
- Seatbelt offenses
- Driving without a license or under a suspended license
- Hit-and-run offenses; failing to stop and render aid
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Obstruction or damaging of a highway
- Drag racing
- Improper backing; improper parking
- Passing a school bus
- License plate violations
- Weight and load violations for commercial drivers
South Carolina’s traffic laws are complex. You may not even realize that your offense is a violation. Even law enforcement officers often fail to fully understand traffic laws sometimes. That’s why it’s important not to just pay a ticket without working with an experienced Marion traffic ticket lawyer. You may have viable defenses that can result in a dismissal or a reduction in the charges against you. Our team has experience in the laws and procedures involved with defending against any traffic offense in the Marion area and throughout South Carolina.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Happens If I Don’t Address a Traffic Violation in South Carolina?
If you ignore a traffic ticket in South Carolina, the court may issue a warrant for your arrest. You may also face an additional misdemeanor charge and an extra fine of up to $500. After you’re arrested, the court may hold you in jail until you resolve your case. In all circumstances, the best way to resolve your case is to address the charges with the help of experienced counsel. Even if you’re concerned about potential jail time, fines and license points, your attorney can help you minimize the consequences of your offense and attack the charges directly rather than face additional penalties and charges.
What are the potential penalties of a traffic ticket violation?
Each traffic ticket comes with its own set of possible penalties. Here are some of the direct and indirect consequences of a traffic offense:
- Assessment of court costs
- Points on your license that can lead to license suspension
- Immediate license suspension
- Traffic school
- Increased insurance rates
- Reporting requirements if you have a professional license
- Difficulty maintaining employment or advancing your career, especially if your career involves driving
- Immigration consequences
- A criminal record
The penalties for a traffic violation only apply if you’re convicted of the offense. If you’re found not guilty of the offense, you do not suffer any penalties.
Am I Guilty of the Traffic Violation Just Because a Police Officer Wrote Me a Ticket?
No, you’re not guilty of a traffic violation just because a police officer writes you a ticket. A police officer doesn’t decide whether or not you’re guilty of a traffic offense. You have a right to trial by an unbiased jury or judge. Our attorneys can help you determine if it’s best to resolve your case with a jury trial or in some other way.
What Do I Need to Know About a Traffic Ticket If I Have a CDL?
If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), the consequences of a traffic violation in South Carolina can be particularly severe. For serious offenses like leaving the scene of an accident, drunk driving, or negligent driving that results in death, a traffic violation can result in immediate loss of your CDL. For other offenses, you must report the traffic offense conviction to your employer within 30 days. If you commit two serious offenses within three years, you lose your CDL for 60 days. A third offense in three years results in an automatic suspension for 120 days. Any traffic offense may make it harder to find or maintain employment that requires a CDL.
We help people who have been ticketed or arrested for a traffic violation in Marion. You don’t have to simply accept the consequences, and you have the right to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer help you with your case. When you contact us, we’ll review your case and give you an honest assessment of all of the legal options available to you. Call the Marion traffic violation attorneys of Law Office of William J. Luse at (843) 839-4795 today.