It’s a natural question: Is it worth fighting your speeding ticket or reckless driving violation you received along the coast of South Carolina?
We are the criminal defense lawyers of Hopkins Law Firm, LLC, in Pawleys Island. We will be the first to tell you that, in some cases, it makes more sense to pay your ticket than to fight it. If you have had a clean driving record for many years and aren’t likely to get another moving violation in South Carolina or your home state anytime over the next several years, it makes sense to pay your ticket and slow down.
Our attorneys also provide aggressive representation for drivers charged with DUI in coastal South Carolina. Learn more then call us to schedule a consultation: 843-314-4202.
However, if you have a somewhat messy driving record, with speeding tickets and other moving violations scattered across the years, you can probably figure that you will likely get another ticket in the next year. And that changes the equation completely.
The consequences of a speeding ticket or reckless driving violation on your record can be severe. Like most states, South Carolina operates on the point system. Each moving violation will (generally) count as four points against your record. At eight points across any 12-month span of time and your insurance premiums are likely to increase or you may not be able to renew your policy. At 12 points, you will likely be labeled as a “habitual offender” and face an increase in your license tab renewal fee. You will also face a driver’s license suspension.
Make no mistake — your South Carolina moving violation WILL be reported to your home state’s DMV, in the event you were just visiting or passing through. Fighting your speeding ticket in South Carolina requires a local defense lawyer who understands the laws and court expectation. Keep your driving record clean here — and in your home state.
Contact Hopkins Law Firm, LLC, at 843-314-4202. If you would like more information about your specific case, you can meet with an attorney from our Pawleys Island team. We will listen to your story, let you know what we can do, and how we can help. You may also email us with a detailed description of your case and we will reach back out to you. We are your local attorneys and we are here to help.
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