Don’t Pay the Traffic Ticket

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.

Traffic Citations vs. Traffic Crimes

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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Potential Consequences of a Traffic Offense

Talk with a traffic ticket lawyer to fully understand the consequences of a ticket.

  • Costs: The fines and fees can add up quickly. You might end up owing hundreds or thousands of dollars. An experienced Hawaii traffic lawyer like Michael Fayard can help you avoid the fines and fees in some cases.
  • Driving Record: Hawaii doesn’t put points on your driver’s license like many other states. But that doesn’t mean it ignores traffic violations. If you have too many moving violations on your record, your license might be suspended or revoked.
  • License Suspension or Revocation: Your license might be suspended for some time or until a certain issue is corrected. You could be forced to find other transportation for months or years.
  • Community Service: You might be required to complete hours of community service.
  • Incarceration: Some traffic violations are crimes. There’s a chance you could go to jail for days, weeks, or months.
  • Auto Insurance: You have to think about your car insurance premiums, too. A moving violation will usually make your auto insurance more expensive, costing you thousands of dollars over the years.

Speeding Tickets in Hawaii

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:

  • A fine between $500 and $1,000 and additional surcharges and assessments
  • 30-day driver’s license suspension with some privileges or a 15-day suspension with no privileges
  • A driver’s improvement course
  • 36 hours of community service or between two and five days in prison

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.

Lidar in Hawaii

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.

How a Honolulu Speeding Ticket Lawyer Can Help

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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Michael Fayard Fights All Traffic Tickets

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.

  • Distracted Driving: Hawaii police officers can ticket you for inattention to driving. If you carelessly cause a crash or hurt any person or property, you can be fined up to $500 and imprisoned for up to $30 days. You also could face a surcharge up to $100, which would go to the trauma system special fund.
  • Reckless Driving: More serious than inattentive driving is reckless driving. If you drive with a disregard for other people’s safety, you can be fined up to $1,000 or imprisoned for up to 30 days.
  • Running a Red Light or Stop Sign: If you fail to follow a traffic sign or signal, you can be ticketed and fined hundreds of dollars. The fines increase if you have previous violations.
  • Driving Without a License: It’s illegal to drive without a license, whether or not your license was suspended, or you never got one to begin with. You can be fined up to $1,000 and imprisoned for up to 30 days. A second conviction leads to mandatory incarceration and fines. Call a Hawaii traffic lawyer, though, if you just didn’t have your license with you at the time. Your lawyer will get this ticket dismissed by proving you had a valid license at the time of the stop.
  • Driving Without Car Insurance: If you’re stopped by the police and can’t prove you have auto insurance, they’ll ticket you. You face fines and a license suspension. You’ll need to pay the fines and get insurance before you get your license back.
  • Hit and Run Accident: If you’re involved in an accident, you’re required to stop. If you don’t stop, provide assistance, exchange information, and inform the police, you can be ticketed. It’s a traffic crime, and the charges get worse if someone was seriously hurt or killed. You could face a misdemeanor, Class C felony, or Class B felony. Call a traffic lawyer on O’ahu to defend yourself right away.
  • Driving Under the Influence: A serious traffic offense is a DUI or driving under the influence of an intoxicant (OVUII). You should call a traffic lawyer right away to fight a DUI, whether it’s your first, second, or a subsequent charge. You face fines, community service, time in jail, and license revocation.

Call a Honolulu Traffic Ticket Lawyer for Help

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.

Use the online contact form or call 808-445-6708 to schedule a free consultation.