Frequently Asked Questions about traffic tickets
If you drive on a regular basis, it’s tough to avoid getting a traffic ticket at one point in your life. You may feel that the ticket is warranted, or you may feel you were treated unfairly by the officer giving the ticket, and desire the chance to tell your side of the story. Here at Nosal & Jeter, LLP we are experienced in handling all kinds of traffic tickets, and we have the skills needed to fight your case in court.
We’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions about traffic tickets to help you better understand the process.
- How Does a Traffic Ticket Affect My CDL?
- Is there a prosecutor in traffic court in South Carolina?
- Will my case be thrown out if the officer does not appear in court?
- The office reduced my ticket on the scene, but is there anything else an attorney can do?
How Does a Traffic Ticket Affect My CDL?
If you have a CDL and receive a traffic ticket, you have the same options as any other driver. It’s important to remember that you are required to notify your employers if you are convicted of a violation, and you may face a harsher penalty for convictions or guilty pleas. A traffic attorney can help you to minimize your fines and penalties, and ensure that your case is heard.
Is there a prosecutor in traffic court in South Carolina?
No. Unlike many other states, South Carolina does not use a state solicitor in traffic court. The officer who issued the citation will serve as the prosecutor. That is why your level of cooperation during the roadside interaction is so important.
Will my case be thrown out if the officer does not appear in court?
Rarely. As mentioned above the officer who issued the citation will serve as prosecutor in your case and will schedule all of his cases to be heard on the same day. If the officer for some reason does not show, the judge may continue your case until another date. However, there is the rare instance where your case will be dismissed.
The office reduced my ticket on the scene, but is there anything else an attorney can do?
Yes. We strive to get every ticket dismissed or changed to a non-reportable offense, or non-moving violation. A reduced speeding ticket likely still carries both license and insurance points. Each case is specific and the best way to find out what we can do for you is call or send us a copy of your ticket before your court date for a free consultation. Call Nosal & Jeter, LLP at 803-351-3597 anytime you have to deal with a traffic ticket.