Can You Pay a Speeding Ticket Online?

Before you pay a traffic ticket, you should be aware that doing so is not always in your best interest. Unfortunately, many people do not even realize that they have options when dealing with traffic tickets. They just pay the ticket and think they are done with it.

In Louisiana, paying a traffic ticket is equivalent to pleading guilty in a court of law. That means that when you pay a ticket, it will likely result in a mark on your driving record, and/or a raise in your insurance premiums. If you have accrued a number of traffic tickets, your license can also be suspended.

Paying a traffic ticket can cost you a lot more money down the road than just the initial fine for the ticket. That’s why it’s important to weigh your options when dealing with traffic tickets.

What Should I Do Before Paying a Traffic Ticket?

Before you just pay your ticket, consider your options. Call an experienced traffic ticket attorney at Bloom Legal. We provide free consultations, and our traffic ticket lawyers will discuss with you the possible ramifications and penalties of paying your ticket.

Our lawyers will present you options and strategies for dealing with your ticket. In many cases, we are able to represent on your behalf and get your violation reduced or dismissed.

Paying your traffic ticket outright may seem like the cheapest option in the immediate present. However, working with a traffic ticket lawyer and taking a strategic approach can save you money in the long run, by keeping your driving record clean and you insurance premiums from rising.

What If I Don’t Know What Parish My Ticket Is In?

We get calls all the time from folks that have old tickets, but aren’t sure what parish they are in. Unfortunately, if you’re trying to track down old tickets, you may have to do a bit of guess and check work, and the process can be somewhat tedious.

Your best bet is trying to call the DMVs in the Parishes you think the ticket might be in and seeing if you can locate it that way. Calling the DMV is a better option than trying to call the courts. The DMV and courts do share information about traffic violations. However, this exchange can be inconsistent at best and sporadic at worst.

How Much Will My Traffic Ticket Cost Me?

What are the penalties for different traffic violations? For speeding tickets in Louisiana, the penalties are as follows:

Per City of New Orleans Website

Speeding ticket violations may be increased if you are speeding in a school zone or construction zone. Also, penalties may be greater for minors caught speeding.

It should also be noted that while the fines above are state set, the amounts may vary across different parishes and municipalities.

In addition to any fines for the violation, you will be responsible for any court fees, which will vary depending on which court is handling your ticket. You may also be responsible for additional surcharges or violations, which vary based on what you’ve been charged with.

For all other traffic penalties and violations, the City of New Orleans website offers a useful breakdown.

Do I Have To Appear In Traffic Court?

In many cases it may be in your interest to contest your ticket in traffic court instead of paying it outright. In many of these cases, a traffic ticket lawyer can appear and represent on your behalf.

More serious traffic violations, like reckless operation, lack of car insurance, hit and run, and more will require a court appearance. If you are issued a court summons due to a traffic violation, contact a New Orleans Traffic Court Attorney as soon as possible. The best thing you can do is arm yourself with knowledge and know your options before going to court. 

How Long Does a Ticket Stay On Your Driving Record In Louisiana?

Depending on the severity of your charge, your ticket may stay on your record for 3 – 5 years. DWIs and related violations will stay on your driving record for 10 years.

Many traffic violations are also eligible for expungement. The expungement process allows individuals to clear their criminal records and driving records of violations or charges. Contact an attorney to learn about how your case may be eligible for expungement. 

Can You Go To Jail For Speeding In Louisiana?

The law prevents a judge from sentencing a person to jail due solely to speeding or minor traffic violations. However, more serious traffic offenses like DWI, reckless operation, and more can result in jail time.

On rare occasions, repeat offenders may also be eligible for jailtime. However, a traffic court attorney may be able to argue for leniency if the offender is willing to participate in traffic school, alcohol and substance abuse rehabilitation programs, or other community service as is relevant.

What Is a Hardship License and How Do I Get One?

In Louisiana, if your license has been suspended, you may be eligible to apply for a hardship license. A hardship license is a temporary license that allows individuals who have had their regular driver’s license suspended to legally drive to select places like work, school, or other necessary locations.

Application and Requirements 

Eligibility for hardship licenses, and the requirements to attain one, vary on a case by case basis. To determine your eligibility and requirements you can visit the nearest Louisiana reinstatement office, or you can call (225) 925-6146.

To find the Louisiana reinstatement office nearest you, click here.

While the specific requirements will vary depending on the specifics of your suspension, below are a few fairly standard ones:

  1. You may be required to file an SR22 form with the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV).
    • Also known as a certificate of insurance, or certificate of financial responsibility, the SR22 is a document that proves you are meeting the state’s insurance requirements.
    • You can obtain the form through your auto insurance company.
  1. You may be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.
    • This is an alcohol screening device which is attached to the ignition of your car. If you blow into the device and your blood alcohol content is above a preset limit, the vehicle will not start.
    • This requirement is primarily for those individuals whose license has been suspended due to a DUI, or other alcohol-related incident.
    • You may need to present your the lease and agreement for your ignition interlock device in order to obtain your hardship license.
  1. Some individuals will be required to obtain a court order.
    • In Louisiana, the only violations that do not require a court order to obtain a hardship license are:
      1. First time school bus violation;
      2. First time unlawful use;
      3. Child Support Enforcement, following recommendation by the Department of Children and Family Services;
      4. Non-alcohol related driving under suspension violation
      5. Nonpayment of Income Taxes
  1. Pay a fee
    • Some individuals will need to pay a fee in order to obtain their hardship license. The cost of the fee is dependent on the parameters of your case.

Driving With a Hardship License

The hardship license allows individuals with suspended licenses to legally drive only to certain places—work, school, or other “necessities of life.” These necessities of life can include things like grocery shopping or picking children up from school. They will likely vary from person to person.

If you are pulled over while driving with a hardship license, and you are driving somewhere other than school or work, it is up to the officer to determine whether the place you are going qualifies as a “necessity of life.”

A hardship license only allows you to continue driving on a suspended license within the state of Louisiana. You cannot legally drive out of state on a hardship license. 

Have You Been Involved In a Traffic Incident? 

Have you accrued traffic tickets? Has your license been suspended or are you afraid it could be? An experienced New Orleans traffic ticket lawyer at Bloom Legal is ready to help. Many people don’t know, but paying a traffic ticket is akin to admitting guilt. If you pay a traffic ticket, your license will take points, and you could see a spike in your insurance rates, or your license could be suspended.

Before you pay a ticket, contact Bloom Legal. Our attorneys will work closely with you and the specifics of your case. They will answer any and all questions and concerns. They will fight to keep your driving record clean and get you back on the road as soon as possible.

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