Des Moines Traffic Violation Defense Lawyer
We Can Fight Your Traffic Ticket
Generally speaking, a significant number of traffic violations are not serious crimes and sometimes it is best just to pay the fine. It would be wise to speak to an attorney before paying the fine in cases where there was some error made in the procedure or you are at risk of losing your driver's license. Speaking with an attorney will take only a short amount of time in a matter like this. At Feld Law Firm, we offer free consultations so that we can determine if you have a case worth fighting.
Discuss your traffic ticket with our Des Moines traffic violation attorney today – call (515) 996-4441.
When to Call an Attorney for a Traffic Violation
In some instances, you would want to obtain an attorney for a traffic violation. For example, if you are going to lose your license as a result of numerous traffic tickets or the severity of the offense. Some people’s livelihood depends on the ability to drive their vehicle. In situations where you are at risk of losing your license, it is a good idea to retain an attorney. In situations where your job is at stake, it is smart to speak with an attorney to see if there is a possibility of a reduction of the charge.
There is a point system in place under Iowa law to remove the license of the most dangerous drivers on the roads. If a driver reaches a certain amount of points, their driver’s license will be removed or barred.
Listed below are the offenses and the number of points that each is worth:
- False statement to Department of Public Safety - 2 points
- Driving on a suspended or revoked license - 2 points
- Driving on a suspended or revoked license in relation to an alcohol-related offense - 3 points
- Driving while barred - 4 points
- Driving under the influence – 4 points
- Committing a felony under motor vehicle laws or driving while in the commission of a felony - 5 points
- Leaving the scene of the accident or failing to offer help at the scene - 5 points
- Eluding or attempting to elude an officer - 5 points
Depending on the number of points you accumulate over six years, your license will be barred based on the below guidelines and you will be considered a habitual offender:
- 6 to 7 points - 2 years
- 8 to 9 points -3 years
- 10 to 12 points - 4 years
- 13 to 15 points - 5 years
- 16 points or more - 6 years
If you are a habitual offender and are stopped while you have a barred license, you could be looking at two years in prison and a $6,250 fine. To be reinstated, you will need to retake your driver’s exam and driving course along with a couple of other things.
A person can also have their license suspended or revoked for:
- Failing to pay child support
- Habitual recklessness or negligence
- Failure to pay traffic tickets
- Failure to pay debts owed to the state
- Operating while intoxicated
Driving on a Suspended License
It is a serious misdemeanor if convicted for driving on a suspended license and this is punishable by a $1,000 fine in addition to any other penalties. Moreover, the time your license is suspended, revoked, or barred is double the time you initially or previously had your license revoked, barred, or suspended. Driving while barred and driving on a suspended or revoked license are very serious charges; it would be wise to speak with a criminal defense attorney in these situations.
If you have any questions or concerns about your traffic ticket, do not hesitate to call Feld Law Firm at (515) 996-4441 to schedule your free consultation.
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