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Traffic Crimes

After a person has been pulled over for an alleged traffic violation in Texas, a police officer may issue a ticket that can simply be paid to resolve the matter. While many people opt to just pay the fine for a citation, it is important to understand that certain traffic offenses can result in possible increases in insurance rates, surcharges, and even a suspension of a person’s driver’s license.

Certain alleged traffic violations can result in misdemeanor or even felony criminal charges that require alleged offenders to appear in court. In such cases, people not only face the possibility of being ordered to pay fines but also possible being incarcerated in the state prison system.

Attorney for Traffic Crimes in Plano, TX

If you were ticketed for any kind of alleged traffic violation in the Collin County area, it will be in your best interest to immediately seek legal representation. Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy aggressively defends individuals accused of all kinds of traffic crimes in Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano, and many surrounding areas of Collin County.

Plano criminal defense lawyers Richard McConathy and Brian Bolton can fight to help you achieve the most favorable outcome to your case, including possibly having your ticket and any criminal charges dismissed. Call (972) 805-8855 today to have our attorneys provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case during a free, confidential consultation.

Overview of Traffic Tickets in Collin County

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Types of Traffic Crimes in Texas

Title 37 Texas Administrative Code § 15.89 defines moving violations as being acts “committed in connection with the operation of a motor vehicle on a public street or highway, which constitutes a hazard to traffic and is prohibited by state law or city ordinance.” More than 200 different traffic offenses constituting moving violations are listed under the Administrative Code.

A few of the most common kinds of traffic violations that Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy handles include, but are not limited to:

  • Reckless Driving
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident
  • Vehicular Homicide / Manslaughter
  • Driving While License Suspended
  • Habitual Traffic Violator
  • Fleeing and Eluding
  • Racing on a Highway

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Driver Responsibility Program Points and Surcharges in Collin County

The Driver Responsibility Program is established under Chapter 708 of the Texas Transportation Code. The Transportation Code states that the driver's license of a person who is convicted of a traffic offense accumulates a point, and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) assesses surcharges to individuals who have accumulated six or more points during the preceding 36-month period.

DPS assigns the following points for each conviction arising out of a separate transaction, under Texas Transportation Code § 708.052:

  • Two points for a moving violation of the traffic law in Texas or another state; and
  • Three points for a moving violation of the traffic law in Texas or another state that resulted in an accident.

Drivers are assessed surcharges when they accumulate six or more points on their driver records within three years. A driver is required to pay a $100 surcharge for the first six points and an additional $25 for every point after six.

Initial surcharges notices must be paid within 105 days or the alleged offender’s license will be suspended for failure to comply with the surcharge requirements. Driving privileges will remain suspended until an installment agreement is established or all surcharges and related costs are paid in full.

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Texas Resources for Traffic Crimes

Traffic Tickets | Collin County — Visit this section of the Collin County website to learn more about traffic tickets issued in the county. You can find information about your options after receiving a ticket and search for your case to determine the fine amount. Tickets in Collin County are typically handled at one of the following five justice of the peace courts:

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1
Collin County Administration Bldg.
2300 Bloomdale Rd., Suite 1164
McKinney, TX 75071
(972) 548-4125

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2
Farmersville Sub-Courthouse
406A Raymond Street
Farmersville, TX 75442
(972) 782-8671

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3-1
Collin County Courthouse
920 E. Park Blvd., Suite 220
Plano, TX 75074
(972) 881-3001

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3-2
Collin County Courthouse
920 E. Park Blvd., Suite 210
Plano, TX 75074
(972) 424-1460

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4
Collin County Courthouse
8585 John Wesley, Suite 130
Frisco, TX 75034
(972) 731-7300

Understanding the Driver Responsibility Program — View a DPS brochure about the Driver Responsibility Program. Learn more about the point system, convictions, and reduction programs. You can also find answers to several frequently asked questions.

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Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy | Plano Traffic Ticket Defense Lawyer

Were you recently arrested or issued a ticket in Collin County for an alleged traffic offense? Do not pay your ticket without first discussing your case with legal counsel. Contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy today.

Richard McConathy and Brian Bolton are criminal defense attorneys in Plano who defend clients all over Collin County, including Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and many others. They can review your case and help you understand your legal options when you call (972) 805-8855 or complete an online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.

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