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Speeding charge just the tip of the iceberg for one driver

Speeding does not seem like that big of a deal to many drivers. At one time or another, almost all motorists have driven faster than legally allowed. New York and other individual states are responsible for making and enforcing their own traffic laws. Speeding may seem like a minor offense to some, but many times additional charges and consequences come with a speeding charge.

A driver was recently charged with speeding and a litany of other charges, including DWI and resisting arrest after fai ling to stop when law enforcement attempted to pull him over for exceeding the posted speed limit. Authorities signaled for the man to pull over when he was witnessed speeding down a state road. His high-speed run ended when he crashed his vehicle on a nearby county road.

The man is in custody at the county jail. He is being held on a cash only bond for $30,000. Although it was reported that he made threats against officials both at the court and the jail, any additional charges he could face from these threats have not been released.

Each state has its own penalties for traffic violations. Depending on the court's ruling, in the state where the man was charged, he could face fines, points on his license or even jail time. It was not reported whether or not the man intends to fight the charges or any possible consequences.

With each state having their own laws and penalties, it can be confusing for drivers when authorities stop them. It may be a good idea for anyone facing criminal traffic charges, including speeding, to seek the council of an attorney for help navigating the system and understanding the charges and associated consequences.

Source: The Fulton Sun, "Portland man arrested on slew of traffic charges, threatening an officer", March 24, 2013

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