TOP FIVE THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE GETTING BEHIND THE WHEEL OF YOUR CAR AND TAKING TO THE ROADWAYS
1.) What is the probability that you will receive a speeding ticket? Based on recent estimates, each year the police issue approximately 41 million speeding tickets in the United States. How does Georgia measure up in comparison to other States? While we do not have exact figures, we can share that Georgia ranks sixth in the nation for issuing speeding tickets. What is even more troubling is that the Georgia Department of Transportation recently reported that 1,561 people died on Georgia roads last year. These numbers suggest there is a correlation between speeding on our roadways and traffic fatalities.
2.) There are surcharges on top of those already high fines. Georgia is different from many other States in that traffic offenses here are classified as criminal offenses. What does this mean? Two things may occur if you or a loved one receive a traffic ticket: (1) the ticketed driver may be fined a maximum $1000; and (2) the driver may be sentenced to serve up to 12 months in jail, or both.
3.) Let?s learn more about surcharges on top of those already high fines. Over the years, Georgia lawmakers have passed mandatory surcharges that must be imposed by judges on top of paying the basic fines for traffic tickets. These collected add-ons help pay for several governmental programs such as indigent defense, law libraries, law enforcement training, retirement funds, brain and spinal injuries, and victim assistance. For example, someone who is fined for driving with a suspended license, which usually carries a fine of $500 to $1000, will most likely have to pay a surcharge of at least $405. Some surcharges could be 40 to 45 percent of the underlying fine amount, while other surcharges exceed the amount of the fine. For a complete discussion of surcharges and fines, please review the following study ?Monetary Sanctions in the Criminal Justice System.? (See http://www.monetarysanctions.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Monetary-Sanctions-Legal-Review-Final.pdf) This recent study examines how Georgia, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington deal with fines.
4.) Know your points. Another matter that drivers who receive traffic tickets also have to contend with is the accumulation of points that may impact their driving record. According to Georgia Code Title 40, Motor Vehicles and Traffic ? 40-5-57, assessments can range from two to six points per violation. The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) will suspend your license if you accumulate 15 points within a 24-month time period. Please consult the DDS website to find out more about points assessments and how to reduce points at https://dds.georgia.gov/points-and-points-reduction.
5.) Why call upon our traffic court attorneys? Here are some reasons, just to name a few:
Fight Charges In Court
Minimize Penalties & Fines
Protect Your Rights
Help You Keep A Clean Driving/Criminal Record
So the next time you or your loved one receive a traffic ticket, you should call our office immediately for an initial consultation. The last thing you want to do is to miss your traffic court date, pay a fine, or accept a plea bargain without at least speaking to one of our attorneys. We provide traffic court representation in all 159 counties in the State of Georgia.
WHY DIVERSITY MATTERS IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION AND HOW DEMING, PARKER, HOFFMAN, CAMPBELL & DALY, LLC IS AHEAD OF THE CURVE
Have you ever wondered where our attorneys come from and who you are speaking with over the phone or meeting in court to represent you? Our associates represent different ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, sexual orientations, and backgrounds, which is reflective of our multicultural population.
Why is this important? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, around 81% of legal industry employees are white, and working in what is still one of the least diverse among white-collared professions in the United States. A recent study conducted by Law360, an online journal owned by LexisNexis, shows that minorities make up less than 15% of all attorneys. On the gender front, the American Bar Association reported that 64% of attorneys in the United States are male and 36% are female. These statistics may seem disconcerting, given that attorneys fight for justice, equality, diversity, and non-discrimination. Many firms and companies are desperate to hire minorities and women, but often times are unable to retain talented minority attorneys due to archaic and poor management structures.
Unlike the current national trends, Deming, Parker, Hoffman, Campbell & Daly, LLC is dedicated to meeting the needs of our clients by engaging in cutting edge management practices and actively recruiting and hiring to retain talented female and minority attorneys who were historically excluded from the profession. Diversity in the profession has several benefits: innovation, creativity, and people who understand struggle and challenges and attract more clients. Firms and companies committed to diversity and inclusion grow faster and have long lasting power. Our firm is committed to providing access to justice, and will continue to recruit and retain attorneys sympathetic to our clients? legal needs.
We are proud to have one of the most diverse law firms in Georgia. In fact, 52% of our associate attorneys are female, and 39% of our associate attorneys are minorities. Deming Parker recognizes the importance of inclusion, and encourages diverse perspectives and insights at every level of our organization.
Recovered $10,675.00. Client contacted our office for assistance after receiving a letter from his insurance company denying coverage for his surgery and hospitalization. Client had purchased a supplemental accident/illness policy in addition to his regular medical insurance policy. In 2016, Client was diagnosed with Hepatoma-Heptaocellular Carcinoma (a tumor in his liver). Client underwent surgery and chemo therapy, but ended up having a liver transplant. The insurance company did pay one benefit for the initial diagnosis, but denied a portion of the claim stating that the transplant was due to a complication of his condition. Our attorney reviewed Client?s insurance policy and wrote a letter to the insurance company asserting that its reasons for denial were not correct, and that Client?s insurance benefits provided coverage for the procedure. The insurance company responded, stating that it would pay the benefit, but requested additional information. We forwarded the requested documents to the insurance company and, in response, received a check for the amount of the claim. Recovery for Client, $10,675.00.
Recovered $6,166.00. Client is an independent contractor and verbally contracted with a construction company to perform general repair, home maintenance, installation of stainless steel lines, painting and floor repair on some of the company?s properties. Client did the work over a three-month period and was paid for part of his work, but not for all of the properties at which he performed repairs. Our attorney wrote a demand letter to the project manager of the construction company demanding payment for the money owed. In response to our letter, Client was sent a check in the amount demanded. Recovery for client, $6,166.00.
Saved $23,102.00 ? Client contacted our office for assistance after she was told she would not be able to renew her license due to a 1999 default judgment stemming from an uninsured auto accident case pending against her in New York. Client was involved in an auto accident in 1996, but was never served with notice or the complaint, so she had no knowledge of the lawsuit. Client obtained and provided to our office a copy of the lawsuit showing service being mailed and affixed to her door. We discussed with Client the option to attempt to set aside the judgment, based on a discussion with an attorney in New York, and it appearing that service was not proper; however, Client chose to offer a settlement based on what she would spend on attorney fees. Our attorney had a telephone conference with opposing counsel, who was willing to waive all fees and interest, and upon the initial payment of the principal amount due, agreed he would file the paperwork to have the license suspension withdrawn. Client executed a settlement and release agreement. Savings to Client, $23,102.00.