August 17th, 2022
Traffic Tickets and your Driving Record
Louisiana continues to crack down on traffic tickets. In 2021 alone, there were around 914 crashes resulting in 997 deaths on Louisiana roads. That averages almost three deaths a day, the highest number ever. Despite the increase in incidents, you can do things to protect yourself from
a traffic ticket.
How can you protect your record
Louisiana law allows you to remove specific misdemeanor traffic citations from your record.
There are rules in place to allow the removal. If you have a qualifying offense, you must complete a driver’s improvement program within 90 days, submit the material to the Court, and
have the conviction or plea set aside. The most significant advantage of this program is the insurance company cannot cancel your insurance or increase your premiums if you comply with these requirements.
There are limitations on who qualifies for this relief. For example, you cannot complete the program in the previous two years, and certain offenses, like exceeding the speed limit by over 25 miles per hour, will prevent you from qualifying.
Keep in mind the laws and interpretations are continually changing. The above references laws in effect as of 2022 outlined in the Louisiana code of criminal procedure article 892.1. As rulings come down from different courts and jurisdictions, these rules are apt to change.
If you or someone you know has a question about a traffic infraction and how to defend it and wants to discuss the process, do not hesitate to contact the law office of Larrion L. Hillman at 318-549-9810. Larrion Hillman practices criminal defense in Caddo Parish, Webster Parish,
Bossier Parish, Shreveport, and Bossier City, Louisiana. And remember, keep calm and let Hillman handle it.