Failure to Maintain Lane in Gwinnett County
At The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, we have been defending Georgia drivers for over 25 years. We have handled over 5,000 cases and have the expertise you need when charged with failure to maintain lane. In our experience, a failure to maintain lane charge is often associated with a DUI charge. The officer will use the failure to maintain lane as the basis for a traffic stop that then leads to a DUI charge. Whether you have been charged with DUI by itself, or alongside failure to maintain lane, we are here to help. Our Gwinnett County Attorneys are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call now for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
What Does Failure to Maintain Lane Mean?
Under Georgia law O.C.G.A. §40-6-48(1)
A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.
Basically, drivers must stay in their own lane without touching the lines on either side of the lane. The driver does not have to be weaving to be charged with failure to maintain lane. Georgia courts have found people guilty of this offense when they simply touched the white or yellow lines.
Failure to Maintain Lane Penalty in Gwinnett County
A conviction for failure to maintain lane on its own will have minor penalties including a small fine and three points on your drivers license. However, the points are very important because for a person under 21, an accumulation of 4 points or more will result in an automatic license suspension. For someone over 21, the limit is 15 points.
However, as we discussed previously, failure to maintain lane is often associated with other tickets. A charge of DUI can carry severe consequences that will have a significant impact on your life including jail time, license suspension, probation, large fines, and community service.
Therefore, it is best to hire a failure to maintain lane attorney in Gwinnett County from the very beginning! Don't make the mistake of thinking it is better to just plead guilty and accept the consequences. You could be jeopardizing your future! Call now for a free evaluation.