Have you ever heard by a friend or someone you know that out-of-state traffic tickets don't follow you to your home state? Well, this is not true. Every state in the US shares information about all violations and sometimes this might lead to penalty from your home state. Obviously, given a bit of time, this gets known to your auto insurance company as well.
The information sharing is done through the driver License Compact which is an interstate agreement that lets the states share information to each other, mainly about suspended licenses but also about out-of-state driver violations. Right now it binds 45 different states, which means that there is no case where you get an out of state ticket and your home state is not notified about it.
Another interstate agreement which affects this situation is the Nonresident Violator Compact, which means that the state, upon non-receiving the fee can inform your home state to start active proceedings against you and sue you. Third and last interstate agreement is the National Driver Register which keeps track of all drivers in the states with above average level of traffic violations and also keeps track of all the suspended driver license, which allows any state to check your status on it without any issues. This is also the register which is checked when you are trying to renew a driver's license and if there are serious violations they might use the information to decline your application.
Another important tidbit you should keep in mind is that the violations which are reported differ in different states. In some states, you have to drive with 10mph over the limit, while there are others that will write you a ticket only if you get caught driving over 20 mph the speed limit. The penalties are also different, as states use a different point system. However every single state is as strict on out-of-state DWI violations as the regular one and these ones are really hard to fight out.
Should I Fight My Speeding ticket?
Deciding whether you want to fight the ticket or just pay is quite important, so you should always check the citations under which you are punished so you can get the instructions of fighting. However, remember that you will have to defend yourself in a county court in the state, where you committed the traffic violation which might result in a lot of travel expenses and lost time, which makes it hard to contest it.
It is hard but not impossible. McDonald & Cody are traffic ticket attorneys that are specialized in dealing with traffic violations, have huge experience in arranging bargain please or reducing the charges enough to avoid any points on your record. Of course, not all traffic tickets are equal so there might be a case where the advice of the attorney is just to pay the fee since the costs would be bigger than the fine.
According to the traffic violations occurred as well as the insurance laws in your home state the effect on your insurance premiums might be different, but usually the more often the insurance company checks the national driver records it is more likely to get increased premiums.
What about you? Have you ever received speeding tickets when you were traveling out of the state? How was it resolved? Did it affect your record or driver's license?
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