A majority of the time, careless driving tickets are issued after a car accident. This is a non-criminal offense. While many people think that this and reckless driving are the same, these are two separate charges. When someone is accused of being a careless driver, the state believes that they did not know that they were operating their vehicle improperly.
Penalties for Careless Driving
As was mentioned before, this is not a criminal charge. That means that you cannot go to jail due to careless driving alone. There are immediate consequences for this charge. Points are assessed onto your license, and you will be fined.
What you should know is that there are long term consequences for this as well. If you have a careless driving charge levied against you, your insurance rates will almost certainly go up. Over time, the costs will accumulate, and may become exorbitant.
How to Beat a Careless Driving Ticket
A police officer is the only one with the authority to issue a traffic accident. In most cases, the police officer that gives you the ticket did not witness the accident. This means that the officer cannot testify against you regarding how the crash occurred.
This is advantageous for you. Law enforcement knows how to testify in a court of law, because it is their job. When you remove an officer’s testimony, you are greatly aiding yourself. Judges accept police officer’s testimony without question. If you can eliminate this, you are going against another person.
This person may or may not know how to properly answer questions. The state may build a case against them without them even knowing it. A lawyer can testify for you, so you do not accidentally make a case that is against your interests.
A competent lawyer will be able to pick apart the testimony of the other witness. Many people do not fully understand what words legally mean. Your attorney should be able to deconstruct the case of any witness whose testimony is going against you.
Careless Driving Lawyers
At The Berman Law Group, we can help you with your case. We have years of experience with these charges. If you need someone to fight your careless driving ticket, we can help.
Call us today at 1-800-375-5555.