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Traffic Ticket Attorney serving the entire Central and Eastern Connecticut including, Hartford, Middlesex, Tolland, Windham, and New London Counties

J. Christopher Llinas is a former Connecticut prosecutor who is now practicing as a traffic offense lawyer from his office in Hebron, Connecticut.

 

MAJOR TRAFFIC OFFENSES

There are a number of major traffic offenses that carry maximum penalties that include possible jail time in addition to a fine.

These offenses are often referred to as “must appears” because a person must appear in court for these offenses and cannot merely pay a fine to resolve it.

The most common of these offenses are:

  • Driving While Suspended
  • Driving While Revoked
  • Driving Without a License
  • Driving Uninsured
  • Fleeing & Eluding
  • Hit & Run

The key issues for these offenses often include:

1) whether the stop, if any, was constitutional

2) whether the person was driving

3) whether the person knew the status of their license or the nature of their conduct

Whatever the offense, J. Christopher Llinas has extensive experience with such cases and can identify the key issues relative to your major traffic case, investigate and research those issues, and craft the best defense possible.

Lawyer for speeding tickets in Tolland CountyDriving While Suspended

Driving While Suspended generally carries a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail and/or a $1,000.00 fine, and it can also put 12 point on a person’s driver’s license.

The possible jail time increases to a maximum of 2 years in jail for a subsequent offense.

Common reasons for suspension include:

  • an accumulation of 8 to 11 points on one’s license
  • failure to pay child support
  • a breath or blood test of 0.08 or more
  • a refusal to take such a test

There is also a less serious variant of Driving While Suspended, which carries a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and/or a $500.00 fine, and it arises when one has failed to appear for court or failed to pay a fine for a minor traffic offense.

Driving While Revoked

Driving While Revoked carries a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail and/or a $1,000.00 fine, and it can also put 12 point on a person’s driver’s license.

The possible jail time increases to a maximum of 2 years in jail for a subsequent offense. The reason for revocation is an accumulation of 12 or more points on one’s license.

Driving Without a License

Driving Without a License carries a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and/or a $1,000.00 fine, and it can also put 5 point on a person’s driver’s license. The possible jail time increases to a maximum of 1 year in jail for a subsequent offense.

Driving Uninsured

Driving Uninsured carries a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail and/or a $1,000.00 fine, and can also put 5 point on a person’s driver’s license. The possible jail time increases to a maximum of 2 years in jail for a subsequent offense.

Fleeing & Eluding

Fleeing & Eluding carries a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail and/or a $1,000.00 fine and can also put 12 point on a person’s driver’s license. The possible jail time increases to a maximum of 2 years in jail for a subsequent offense.

In the event the offense results in bodily injury or death to another, the maximum penalty increases to 3 years and 10 years in jail, respectively, and/or a $5,000.00 fine.

Hit & Run

Hit & Run involving property damage carries a maximum penalty of 60 days on jail and/or a $500.00 fine, and it can also put 8 point on a person’s driver’s license.

The maximum penalty increases to 5 years in jail and/or $5,000.00 for a Hit & Run involving bodily injury. And, for a Hit & Run involving death, the maximum penalty increases to 10 years in jail, and/or a $10,000.00 fine.

Hit & Runs involving bodily injury or death will put 12 points on a person’s driver’s license.

MINOR TRAFFIC OFFENSES

Lawyer for defending traffic ticket cases in Tolland CountyThe vast majority of citations that people receive are for minor traffic offenses that carry a maximum penalty of a $500.00 fine.

These offenses are often referred to as “payables” because a person can pay a pre-set fine and resolve the matter without having to appear in court.

The most common of these offenses is speeding.

One problem with minor traffic offenses, however, is that they carry points for moving violations, which can have an adverse impact upon:

  • a person’s insurance premiums
  • the status of their driver’s license, particularly if they have a provisional license
  • their employment, for those who drive as part of their job, like:
    • CDL drivers
    • outside sales reps
    • contractor employees

Another problem with minor traffic offenses is that one must appear in court in order to contest the allegations underlying the offense and/or to seek a lesser penalty relative to the offense.

This can be a challenge for those with full-time jobs who cannot take time off for court, or for those where the court lies in a far-flung area, like central and eastern Connecticut.

J. Christopher Llinas can be especially helpful with these circumstances.

  • Under Connecticut law, a person can have an attorney appear on their behalf for a minor traffic offense, thus relieving them of their obligation to be present.
  • An attorney may identify certain viable issues resulting in dismissal of the citation.
  • For a person with no viable issues and a relatively clean driving record, an attorney can be helpful in procuring a “probation before judgment” (PBJ) resolution, where the person pays the pre-set fine and court costs for the offense, but otherwise suffers no conviction or points.