Often, a minor traffic infraction can lead to significant other charges. Even the smallest traffic violation, such as speeding, allows law enforcement officers to stop and search you, and your vehicle if there appears to be just cause. This further investigation can turn up other legal issues, like outstanding warrants or a suspended license.
A man in upstate New York will soon be making a court appearance as the result of allegedly speeding. The man was reportedly witnessed driving more than 30 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. He was ultimately arrested during the stop when authorities learned he was not only driving with a suspended license, but that he also had a history of previous counts of driving without a valid license. In addition to a speeding ticket, he was also issued tickets for driving without a license.
Although arrested, the man was released after his arraignment. He will now have to go to court and either plead guilty to the charges, or try to fight them. No details have been released as to his intentions for dealing with the charges. If he accepts the charges or is determined to be responsible for them in a hearing, he could face a number of consequences, including license suspensions/revocations, jail time or fines.
Traffic violations remain in your record, even after you have paid your dues, so to speak, in order to resolve them. When someone is accused of a traffic infraction, their prior history can play a part in the manner in which the incident is handled, as well as in the consequences that are handed down. For that reason, it may be beneficial to speak with an attorney if you have been charged with speeding or some other traffic violation to advocate for your rights.
Source: Daily Freeman, “Rifton man had 14 license suspensions, deputies say”, April 26, 2013