If you’ve received a ticket for speeding or another moving violation, your first thought might be to go online and pay the fine. But if you automatically pay the traffic ticket, this is the same as pleading guilty. You’re agreeing you violated Hawaii’s traffic laws, and the ticket will go on your driving record. Depending on your current driving record, you could face other consequences, like a suspended license.
Instead of paying the fine right away, talk with a lawyer for traffic tickets. Michael Fayard can review your circumstances and talk with you about how to beat the ticket — or at least do your best to try.
There are two types of traffic offenses. One is a civil infraction. Many moving violations are civil infractions, which you can be fined for committing but not imprisoned. Other penalties often include community service or classes. Speeding or running a stop sign or common examples. The second type is traffic crimes, which you can be imprisoned for. Examples include: driving under the influence, reckless driving, or excessive speeding.
You can fight either type of traffic offense with the help of Michael Fayard, whose an experienced traffic lawyer in Honolulu. He has years of experience helping people keep traffic violations and speeding tickets off their driving records.
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If you’ve been ticketed for speeding or excessive speeding in Hawaii, call Michael Fayard right away. He’ll talk with you about how to fight a speeding ticket in Hawaii.
You can be ticketed if you drive over the posted speed limit. But the faster you’re going, the more likely you are to get in trouble for excessive speeding. It’s illegal to drive more than 30 mph over the speed limit or 80 mph or faster in Hawaii.
For a first-time excessive speeding offense, you face a petty misdemeanor, punishable by:
The consequences get worse if you get a second or third excessive speeding ticket within five years.
It’s also illegal to speed in a school zone, even if you don’t go more than 30 mph over or more than 80 mph. You can face a $250 fine, along with other fees and surcharges. If you violate the excessive speeding law in a school zone, though, you’ll deal with much more than fines.
Many speeding tickets come about because police sit places with radar guns pointed at the moving traffic. Hawaiian officers use laser guns, called Lidar, which send pulses of light at an object. The pulse of light bounces back to the device, which then calculates how fast the object was moving.
Courts have already found that laser guns are accurate and can be used as evidence. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up with a laser gun supposedly clocks you driving faster than the speed limit. Michael Fayard is an experienced defense attorney who will look into the device used and the officer. Was that officer properly trained to use the equipment? Was the laser gun calibrated recently? Was the device used properly at the time?
Whether a laser or radar gun was used in your case, attorney Fayard will dig deep to see if the speed detected was accurate. He might find a mistake that could get the ticket thrown out.
If you look online at Hawaii’s traffic court website, you’ll see there’s more information about paying tickets than fighting them. You can pay by phone, online, in person, or by sending a check. But as a traffic ticket lawyer in Hawaii, Attorney Fayard recommends you talk with a lawyer right away. Don’t just pay the ticket and have it on your driving record. Learn how you can fight the traffic in court.
You don’t want a speeding ticket on your driving record, especially if you’ve had a moving violation or two in your past. Instead, you can contest the speeding ticket with attorney Fayard’s help. He knows what he’s doing.
To get a Hawaii speeding ticket dismissed, you have to show up to court and choose to argue your case. You have to make this decision pretty quickly. There’s either a date marked on your ticket when you must appear in court, or you have 21 days to make your intentions known. If you do nothing, after 21 days, you’re declared guilty.
As your speeding ticket attorney, attorney Fayard will submit a request for a hearing in traffic court. He’ll work with you to draft a brief, fact-based statement. You’ll include evidence that supports your defense. You won’t have a big trial for a speeding ticket. Instead, it’s the judge who decides whether to throw out the ticket or not.
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If a police officer ticketed you, call Honolulu traffic lawyer Michael Fayard for help. He represents people who want to fight speeding tickets and other moving violations in Honolulu traffic court.
You don’t have to accept every traffic ticket you’re handed. Sometimes the police officer isn’t right, and paying a steep fine isn’t the fair outcome. When you disagree with a ticket, talk with Michael Fayard about what you can do. He’ll listen to your story and take an honest look at your chances of getting the ticket thrown out. He has years of experience fighting speeding tickets and other moving violations in court.