Leonard Fournette Arrested For Driving with Suspended License
Posted on Apr 16, 2019 in Traffic, Uncategorized
Former LSU running back Leonard Fournette was arrested last week, April 11, in Jacksonville, Florida, according to the Advocate. Fournette, who now plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars, had been pulled over for a traffic stop when the officer realized that his driver’s license was suspended. He was arrested and taken to the police station.
Fournette’s license was suspended for failure to pay a traffic ticket he was issued back in November. The ticket, issued in Neptune Beach, was for going 37 in a 25.
Fournette was released shortly after his arrest Thursday after posting bond.
The Consequences of Ignoring Traffic Tickets
Fournette is just one famous example of the pratfalls of unpaid traffic tickets. When traffic tickets aren’t dealt with properly, they can end up costing you a lot more money and problems than they should. Even a simple speeding ticket can have serious ramifications of not handled.
Some people think that they can ignore a traffic ticket and it will go away, especially if they receive a ticket in another state. However, if you have unpaid traffic tickets, your license may be suspended without your knowledge. The DMV has no obligation to notify you of your license being suspended. In fact, Fournette may not have even known he was driving on a suspended license until he was being arrested for it!
Unfortunately, we see this happen all too often. It’s important to be proactive when you receive a traffic ticket. However, that doesn’t always mean paying it!
In Louisiana, paying for a traffic ticket is equivalent to pleading guilty for the traffic charge or violation. This means that in many cases, paying the ticket will result in a mark on your license or driving record and could increase your insurance premiums.
Should I Pay My Traffic Ticket?
In the long run, paying a traffic ticket may end up costing you more money than attempting to fight it. An experienced traffic court attorney can represent you in traffic court, and try to get your violation reduced or thrown out. They can negotiate with the court to protect driving record and save your insurance premiums from going up.
Paying your traffic ticket up front may seem like the cheapest option. However, if you receive violations on your driving record your monthly insurance premiums will likely go up. Depending on the violation, those marks can stay on your record for years. That means you’re paying more money on your insurance per month for a long while. That money adds up, and far outweighs the money you’d pay to hire a New Orleans traffic ticket attorney to fight for you in court, to get your charge lessened or thrown out. In the grand scheme of things, it’s important to effectively weigh your options prior to simply paying a traffic ticket.
If you have received a traffic ticket in New Orleans or the surrounding area, call the lawyers at Bloom Legal today for a free consultation. Our traffic ticket lawyer will explain your options to you and guide you toward the best option for your wallet and record.
Suspended Driver’s License
If your license has been suspended, our traffic lawyers can help you get it reinstated as fast as possible. You may also be eligible for a hardship license, which is a temporary license that allows you to drive under specific circumstances while your license is suspended. Check out the video below for more info on suspended licenses, and give us a call today so we can get to work and get you back on the road!
For more info on traffic tickets, suspended license, and a hardship license, check out these helpful guides!