The little known No Points Plea
Ask most drivers who have been cited with a traffic violation how to avoid points for the offense, and virtually all of them will tell you to ask the judge if you can plead nolo. But, what if you already used your nolo plea within the last five years? Or, what if you want to save your nolo in case you get another ticket?
While it is not as well known as the nolo contendere plea, the No Points plea can help you avoid points on your license AND get a reduction in the fine.
Once every five years, from the dates of "arrest" (citation), Georgia law allows you to avoid points by pleading under Official Code of Georgia section 40-5-57(c)(1)(C). To get the benefits of the "No Points Plea," you have to attend a Department of Driver Services approved 6-hour in-person Defensive Driving School. When you provide proof of completing this school, your fine is automatically reduced by 20%.
Since you can only use the plea once every five years, it is best to talk with an experienced traffic attorney like Leslie. Leslie can review your driving history, the facts and circumstances of your case, and help you make the best decision to protect your driver's license.
The Traffic Tip is only for informational and educational purposes. It is not intended to be legal advice. If you need help with a legal matter, you should contact a licensed lawyer in your state who understands the facts and circumstances of your particular case and the law that applies.
Check out my next Traffic Tip on Thursday, October 24, 2017: “A Little About Georgia's Speeding Laws.”