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I had a speeding ticket Jackson County, GA (95mph in 70mph

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I had a speeding ticket Jackson County, GA (95mph in 70mph limit) in March of 2011. I forgot about it... while led to a failure to appear and then a license suspension.

In December 2011 I was reminded of the ticket, as I was arrested for an expired tag and driving on a suspended license. I bailed out the same night.

I paid the ticket and court cost in ($540) in Jackson. I was issued a reinstatement letter but have not gone to get my license reinstated.

On March 29, 2011 I appeared on my schedule court date (1:30pm) and asked for a continuance. My next court date is April 12, 2012. If I get my license reinstated before then, will my license be suspended again if I pay the fine? Should I wait to reinstate my license until after the court date? Or do I need a lawyer?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 5 years ago.
The license may be suspended again or the court can actually agree to give you credit for the previous suspension towards any new suspension. However, this is up to the discretion of the court as to whether they give you any credit for the time you have failed to go reinstate your license and most judges will not do so without some good cause. Because of the excessive speed involved here and the fact that not only will there be a high fine, but a fairly high surcharge for doing 35 miles over, I would strongly urge you using an attorney to go to court and represent you.

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