It is all too easy to delay dealing with your traffic ticket in Georgia, but doing so may have severe consequences. You might assume that if you simply put your traffic ticket away and forget about it, the problem will fade away. However, traffic tickets tend to come back and haunt motorists – often in ways that are much more complex and serious than anyone expects. But could it really be so bad?
What is the Worst That Can Happen if I Do Not Pay My Traffic Ticket in Georgia?
If you never pay your ticket, expect the consequences to become steadily worse with time. First, you might receive a reminder notifying you of the outstanding ticket. From there, you can expect more severe consequences and warnings of pending consequences. If you still fail to pay your ticket even after all of these warnings, your driver’s license or vehicle registration may be revoked.
Although losing your driving privileges may seem terrible, the consequences can actually become much worse. An additional fine may also apply, and this fine could be up to $1,000. If you fail to pay this fine and continue to ignore all of the various demand letters, you could even face jail time. Finally, the DMV might put additional points on your record, making it more likely that you will experience a suspension in the future.
Additional Financial Consequences for Not Paying Tickets
There are numerous additional financial consequences for not paying your traffic ticket. For starters, it could affect your car insurance rates – and you may end up paying much more in the long run just because you did not want to pay a ticket worth a few hundred dollars. In addition, losing your license could affect your income-earning capabilities. Finally, any unpaid debt can affect your credit score. While a traffic ticket does not affect your credit score directly, any unpaid debts may prove problematic when applying for loans.
What About Parking Tickets?
Unlike traffic tickets, parking tickets are not criminal violations in Georgia. This is because they are technically issued to the vehicle and not the driver. That being said, these parking tickets can still cause plenty of issues if you never pay them. In some cases, this can even lead to the immobilization of your vehicle. Your vehicle may also be impounded, and the unpaid debt could be handed over to a collections agency.
Find an Experienced Traffic Ticket Lawyer in Georgia
If you have been searching for an experienced traffic ticket defense lawyer in Georgia, look no further than Lankford & Moore Law. Over the years, we have helped numerous motorists fight their traffic tickets in a positive way. While failing to deal with your ticket will lead to negative consequences, you can avoid ever paying your ticket if you work with a qualified attorney. In other words, it is possible to encounter virtually zero consequences for never paying your ticket. Book a consultation today for more information.