Have you received a Louisiana speeding ticket and wondering about the consequences? Then you are in the right place to find information on how to beat a Louisiana traffic ticket.
The laws governing speeding tickets vary from state to state. That is why you need to know the consequences of your speeding ticket prior to making a decision that will effect your driving privileges and your auto insurance premiums.
If you have a Commercial Drivers License the laws have changed and you need to be aware of the danger to your livelihood of just paying a Louisiana traffic ticket. There is a special section below just for CDL truck drivers.
Of course the best way to avoid a speeding ticket is to obey the law. However this may get you completely run over on most Louisiana Interstates. Our experience on the interstates has been that as long as you are not doing more than 10mph over the limit then you are unlikely to receive a ticket from a Louisiana State Trooper. They just have so many others to pick from. However in most Louisiana towns they mean exactly what they say and tickets for 6 or 7 mph over the speed limit are common. This is what Suzanna from Louisiana had to say on another speeding ticket site.
Along Interstate 10, in the middle of Cajun country, 80 percent of the budget for Henderson, Louisiana, was covered by speeding tickets handed out at the bottom of the bridge. From ABC News Report on speed traps
Louisiana Speeding Ticket Attorney Referrals
On the backs of most Louisiana speeding tickets, you will find what is known as the "window fine." The instructions will advise you that you can pay this speeding ticket fine through the mail. However, they do not advise you of the effect of paying the traffic ticket. If you pay the fine, you will be found guilty and the Louisiana speeding ticket will appear on your driving record. This is also true for the majority of out of state drivers. For any speeding ticket, you will likey see an increase in your insurance rates.
A Louisiana speeding ticket attorney can best advise you of your options and in many cases can get the speeding ticket reduced or dismissed.
Louisiana CDL Licenses
Your Louisiana CDL license can be suspended for the following violations among others.
Louisiana law provides for the disqualification of Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) driving privileges for certain violations while operating a CMV in this or any other state or in any foreign jurisdiction. The disqualification is imposed regardless of the class of license held at the time of the violation or even if the individual had no driver's license at all.
Disqualification -- A disqualification will only disqualify the CMV driving privileges. A disqualification means the individual cannot operate a CMV during the disqualification period.
Suspension -- A suspension suspends all driving privileges regardless of the type of vehicle being operated. This means the individual cannot operate any vehicle (personal or CMV) during the suspension period.
Separate Incident -- Separate incidents are noted as violations with different violation dates or the same violation date from different courts.
Same Incident -- The same incident is noted when violations have the same violation date and are from the same court.
Serious CMV Violations:
Speeding 15 or above
Following too closely
Improper / erratic lane change
Fatal accident violation
Driving a CMV without proper Class / Endorsements
Driving a vehicle without first obtaining a CDL
Driving a CMV without a CDL or CLP in the driver's possession
Texting while driving a CMV
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Louisiana does not have a drivers license point system like many states. However, your insurance company is likely to raise your Louisiana auto insurance if you have a Louisiana speeding ticket or other violation on your record. Here are the reasons your Louisiana dirviers license may be suspended.
LOSING YOUR DRIVING PRIVILEGES IN LOUISIANA
The following is a list of various violations for which your driving privileges will be suspended:
• Conviction of driving while intoxicated (DWI).
• Failure to stop for a school bus loading or unloading children.
• Manslaughter or negligent homicide resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle.
• Any felony committed while operating a motor vehicle.
• Failure to stop and render assistance at an accident, in which you were involved, that results
in the injury or death of a person.
• Three convictions of reckless driving committed within a 12 month period.
• Unlawful use of a driver’s license.
• Making a false statement or concealing a material fact on an application for a driver’s license.
• Failure to answer a traffic law charge.
• Driving in violation of a driver’s license restriction.
• Refusal to take alcohol analysis test when arrested for DWI, or after submitting to the test
where the results show a BAC level of 0.08% or more for those 21 years of age or older or
0.02 % or more for those younger than 21 years of age.
• Failure to comply with the financial responsibility law when required.
• Committing an offense in another state which, if committed in this state, would be grounds
for suspension or revocation.
• Altering information on the license.
• Driving with a suspended driver’s license.
• Using a text messaging communication device while operating a motor vehicle.
• Using a wireless/cellular communication device while operating a school bus.
• Using a wireless/cellular communication device while operating a motor vehicle if the driver holds a Class ‘E’
learners or intermediate operator’s license, or is under the age of 18, or has been issued a first time operator's license
that is within one year from the original issue date, excluding out of state transfers.
Louisiana Hardship License Requirements
If you Louisiana drivers license has been suspended, you may be eligible for a hardship license to allow you to go to work, school and other locations. Here is the full text of the requirements.
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