Marietta, GA asked in Traffic Tickets for Georgia

Q: What’s the fine for an improper lane change code 40-6-123

Signal was used. Driver was fully in the lane and then was hit by car behind

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Morris  Margulis
Morris Margulis
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Duluth, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: Most people find this difficult to believe, but according to OCGA 40-6-1(a), almost every traffic violation is a "misdemeanor", which, according to OCGA 17-10-3(a)(1), is punishable by a fine up to $1,000.00 *and* up to one year in jail.

Practically speaking, it is very rare for a lane change citation to receive the maximum penalties. You're probably looking at a few hundred dollars and maybe a defensive driving class.

There is a hidden penalty, though, which you will probably not hear about from the prosecutor or the court - your insurance rates, as a result of a conviction for this citation, will likely increase substantially, and they can take years to come back down.

Your best bet is to hire an experienced traffic ticket attorney to help you avoid or minimize these consequences. Please feel free to contact me if you would like my assistance with this case.

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