Traffic & Criminal Law
Wisconsin Traffic Violation Lawyer
If you have been stopped for drunk driving, speeding, reckless driving or any other traffic violation in south central Wisconsin, contact Lodi attorney Geoffrey Lorenz. He is prepared to help with experienced legal representation on behalf of clients accused of a traffic violation and facing traffic fines.
A Successful Defense to Traffic Tickets and Traffic Charges
Some driving offenses such as speeding tickets and parking tickets may be minor. Many, however, are serious. Driving while revoked or suspended could lead to losing driving privileges for years, and even jail time. This could affect your work and family life. OWI arrests are of course, very serious, and prosecutors are treating the crime more harshly all the time. At the same time, legislatures are lowering the legal drinking and driving limits, and passing stiffer sentencing laws. If you refuse to be tested for blood alcohol concentration, you could also have your license revoked. Hit and run accidents can result in a lost license and jail time.
When issued a traffic ticket, most peoples’ first inclination is to simply pay the ticket and move on. However, traffic citations can have serious and unforeseen consequences. In addition to the high fines, they can result in increased insurance premiums, points assessed on your driver’s license, potential civil liability, and in some instances an automatic license suspension.
All of these charges are a severe threat to your freedom—both your freedom to drive and your personal freedom from jail. Lodi attorney Geoffrey Lorenz knows how to mount a successful defense to driving offenses. He can work out plea arrangements that can limit restrictions on your driving privileges. He can mount legal challenges to the traffic stop that resulted in your charge. He can present evidence on your behalf. If you have been charged with a serious driving offense, contact Lodi attorney Geoffrey Lorenz before your traffic court date for a confidential consultation.
Receiving a speeding ticket can be extremely frustrating, especially when you believe that you were not speeding or were unfairly targeted by law enforcement. It is even more aggravating when you realize that you may have to attend several court appearances if you wish to contest your ticket.
Wisconsin uses a point system to keep track of traffic citations. Every time a person is convicted of a traffic offense, they are given a certain amount of points based on the severity of the offense. When you reach a certain number of points, you can face certain penalties, such as:
- License suspension or revocation
- Vehicle forfeiture
Read more about the Wisconsin point system at the DMV’s website.
Inattentive Driving & Texting and Driving
Inattentive driving functions as a “catch-all” for bad driving behavior, and can include any of the following actions:
- Operating a vehicle too fast for conditions
- Failing to diligently observe vehicles surrounding the operator in question
- Using a cell phone during operation of a motor vehicle such that it impairs the driver’s concentration
- Eating while driving
- Or engaging in similar behavior that distracts from the careful operation of a motor vehicle
An adjudication on an inattentive driving ticket in Wisconsin results in 4 demerit points on a driver’s license, as well as fines and court costs.
Recently, Wisconsin passed legislation outlawing “texting and driving” as well. A violation of this traffic law also results in 4 demerit points on a driver’s license, and may be issued in conjunction with the more general Inattentive Driving ticket. The accumulation of 12 demerit points during a one-year period of time may result in the suspension of a driver’s license.
Why Hire Attorney Geoffrey Lorenz
If you are convicted of one or several traffic offenses in Wisconsin, it is important to discuss the matter with a qualified traffic attorney who can examine all of your options and ensure that you are not compromising your driving ability, incurring unnecessary increases to your insurance premium, or simply paying more for a ticket than you need to. Lodi attorney Geoffrey Lorenz can often reduce fines or points associated with a traffic citation. In many instances, he can even get some or all of your citations dismissed completely.
Geoff will explain the potential consequences of your ticket, and also discuss the various avenues of defense that are available in your case. He can also make arrangements to appear at all of your scheduled court appearances on your behalf, relieving you of the need to miss work or other obligations. Whether you are looking for someone to fight your citation in court, or simply hoping to negotiate a reduction to the fines and points associated with your citation, attorney Geoffrey Lorenz can assist you.