Parker County - TX
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Wednesday – 9AM to 5PM
Thursday – 9AM to 5PM
Friday – 9AM to 5PM
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Law Offices Of Richard C. McConathy
Traffic offenses in Parker County can range from small traffic citations that are payable by a fine to serious traffic crimes that can result in lengthy prison sentences. Although many people who receive a minor traffic ticket may just want to pay the ticket, it is advisable to hire an experienced traffic defense lawyer for even the smallest moving citation.
Additionally, not all traffic offenses can be resolved by paying a fine or completing a driving course. Many traffic offenses in Texas can result in serious criminal repercussions, such as imprisonment, payment of surcharges, fines, and/or points under Texas’s driving system.
If you have been charged with a criminal traffic offense, regardless of the severity, it’s critical to have a strong defense strategy. An arrest does not indicate guilt or mean that conviction will follow. There are many factors that can contribute to the outcome of your case. However, an experienced traffic offense attorney can use these details to your benefit and file pre-trial motions to dismiss the case or suppress evidence.
If you were ticketed or arrested for a traffic offense in Parker County, you deserve to have your voice heard in the case. Make sure you are working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can give you the best chance at the most favorable outcome.
You will want to contact the Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy to discuss the specifics of your case. We will be able to sit down with you and go over everything about your case with you in great detail when you call (817) 458-3226 or contact our firm online to receive a free consultation.
Some of the most serious traffic crimes in Texas are listed below.
An individual can be charged with reckless driving under Texas Transportation Code § 545.401 if they operate a motor vehicle on a public road with intentional or careless disregard for the safety of the personal property of others. This offense is punishable as a misdemeanor crime.
According to Texas Transportation Code § 550.021, an individual can be charged with leaving the scene of an accident, or hit and run, if they were involved in a car accident:
As defined in Texas Transportation Code § 521.457, an individual can be charged with driving with a suspended license if they drive a vehicle in public in Texas and:
This offense is punishable as a Class C, Class B, or Class A misdemeanor.
Under Texas Penal Code § 19.04, an individual can be charged with vehicular manslaughter, or vehicular homicide, if they cause the death of another person while recklessly operating their motor vehicle. This offense is generally punishable as a felony of a second degree or first degree.
An individual can be charged with racing on a highway, according to Texas Transportation Code § 545.420, if they participate in:
An individual can be charged with fleeing or eluding a police officer under Texas Transportation Code § 545.421 if they operate a motor vehicle and intentionally or willfully do not stop the vehicle when signaled to do so by a police officer or flee or attempt to elude a pursuing police officer. This offense can result in a conviction for a Class B or Class A misdemeanor.
As defined in Texas Transportation Code § 708.052, Texas provides for a driving point system that assigns points to each driver’s record for committing certain traffic violations. After accumulating a certain number of points, the driver is required to pay surcharges.
Effective September 1, 2019, the State of Texas has repealed the Driver Responsibility Program – Chapter 708, Transportation Code. The Department of Public Safety has reinstated all driver privileges that were previously suspended solely for having unpaid surcharges.
A total of six points will result in a surcharge of $100, which is payable each year to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Additionally, the driver is required to pay $25 for each additional point. Most traffic offenses result in two points, but more serious offenses can result in three points.
Under Texas Administrative Code § 15.89, traffic offenses resulting in two or three points can include, but are not limited to:
Certain traffic offenses will automatically result in the required payment of surcharges for up to three years after the commissions of the offense, even if the driver has no other points on their driving record. These offenses include the following:
Points stay on a driver’s record for three years, and their driving record will be assessed each year. If the driver has six or more points each year, they will be required to pay the surcharge. An individual’s driving record will be reduced by one point per year for each year they do not accumulate any points.
Certain traffic offenses can also result in additional penalties beyond surcharges and an assignment of points. These punishments can vary depending on the type of offense, the circumstances surrounding the offense, whether property damage or injury resulted from the offense, and whether the alleged offender has other criminal convictions or is a repeat offender. Basic penalties for traffic offenses can include:
Texas Transportation Code – Driver’s Licenses and Certificates — Chapter 521 of the Texas Transportation Code provides for the state’s driver’s license laws, including reasons a driver’s license may be suspended and the penalties for driving with a suspended or revoked license. Read about when licenses must be carried and exhibited on demand as well as persons exempt from license requirements. Also read about enhanced driver’s licenses.
Traffic Safety Division – Texas Department of Transportation — The Traffic Safety Division oversees the design and placement of signs, signals, pavement markings, lighting and intelligent transportation systems. It also develops traffic safety initiatives aimed at reducing fatalities and serious injuries from motor vehicle crashes. In addition, the division is responsible for the collection and analysis of crash data used to plan highway safety and educational programs to promote safe driving practices, and oversees driver safety programs and campaigns geared toward teen drivers, child safety, sober driving, hurricane evacuation and many other issues.
Were you arrested or ticketed for a traffic offense in the Weatherford area? Do not wait another moment to get yourself legal help today.
The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy will be able to aggressively defend you against your criminal charge and we can work to try and get those charges reduced or completely dismissed. You can have us sit down with you and really go over your case when you call (817) 458-3226 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.
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Contesting Blood Alcohol Tests
Ignition Interlock Device
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