Driving Too Fast for Conditions in Lexington, SC
Understanding a Too-Fast-for-Conditions Citation
Too fast for conditions is a criminal traffic offense in South Carolina.
It carries a fine and
driver's license points just like a speeding ticket, but there is no requirement that you were
exceeding a posted speed limit. The law is contained in S.C. Code §56-5-1520,
which makes it unlawful to operate a vehicle at a greater speed than is
"reasonable and prudent." Often times, drivers are cited with
this offense after a traffic accident when the police can't actually
determine what or why an accident occurred.
This is despite the fact that under South Carolina law, "[n]o police
officer in investigating a traffic accident shall necessarily deem the
fact that an accident has occurred as giving rise to a presumption that
a violation of a law has occurred." (S.C. Code §56-5-6170) Anyone
who pleads guilty, no contest or is convicted by the court will face a
court fine, license points, and a likely increase in their insurance rates,
as the insurance company charges higher premiums for drivers who are considered
to be at risk of causing an accident.
Defending Against Charges of Reckless Driving in Lexington
Anytime someone is charged with too fast for conditions there are likely
defenses that can be raised at either a bench trial or a jury trial. Oftentimes,
commercial drivers and those with other tickets on their record will find
it worthwhile to retain counsel for this offense. When we meet for a free
consultation, we can review your case to determine whether you need to
hire an attorney and to discuss strategies that may be used in your case.
If you have received a South Carolina too-fast-for-conditions ticket and
believe that you may be interested in retaining a
criminal defense lawyer, you are invited to reach out to the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr.,
LLC by phone or through this website. Although we are able to accept traffic
court cases throughout South Carolina, we primarily practice in Lexington
and Richland counties and other nearby areas.
Contact our office immediately so we can begin meeting your legal needs!