In Oklahoma and all states, a conviction resulting in jail time is associated with more serious traffic crimes, such as DUI and reckless driving.
By contrast, offenses such as speeding or driving with a broken taillight will not result in a jail sentence. Instead, they lead to other penalties.
The following are the negative consequences of getting a ticket:
- Fines – An average ticket for speeding, driving through a stop sign or signal, failure to yield, or a seat belt violation will typically cost a person between $25 and $300.
- License suspensions – For a routine moving violation such as speeding, you won’t lose your license for the first offense. Each ticket results in demerit points added to your license. Obtaining 10 or more negative points in a five-year period will result in the suspension of your driving privileges. For example, reckless driving results in -4 points, while failure to yield right of way is punishable by -2 points. You are entitled to a hearing in front of a motor vehicle bureau hearing officer before your license can be revoked. If a driver wishes to reduce demerit points, they can attend traffic school.
- Insurance rates – Traffic citations in Oklahoma may increase car insurance premiums. While one moving violation will not result in an increase, two or more violations--or in combination with a collision that is your fault--can do the trick.
With more than 50 years of combined legal experience, the Law Offices of Keith J. Nedwick, P.C. is committed to helping our clients obtain the most favorable results possible in their traffic violation cases. For more information, schedule a free meeting with our Norman traffic violation attorney today.