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Did You Get Caught Texting And Driving In Georgia?

Hiring an experienced lawyer in dealing with improper use of a wireless device ticket can save you money and keep your driving record clean. We offer free consultations and flat fee representation.

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Hands Free Texting and Driving Ticket Defense Attorney Johns Creek GA

Please call (678) 895-6039 today for a free, no obligation consultation with an experienced Georgia Improper Use of a Wireless Device/Electronic Ticket Attorney. We would love the opportunity to work with you on your case.

Improper Use of a Wireless Device/Electronic

The Georgia Hands Free Law greatly restricts your ability to operate a motor vehicle while operating a cell phone (or another type of wireless communication device or stand-alone computer).

Under the Georgia Hands Free Law:

  • You CANNOT hold a cell phone in your hand
  • You CANNOT support a cell phone with another part of your body, such as your neck, leg, etc.
  • You CANNOT lay a cell phone in your lap

Additionally, the Georgia Hands Free Law addresses further uses of the phone while driving:

  • You CANNOT watch or record a video using your cell phone (this does not include a dash cam that is affixed to your dashboard or windshield for recording and does not include navigation device that has a video feature)
  • You CANNOT type, send, or read any text based communication (this includes emails)

So when can you use your phone in the car?

There is an exception for an earpiece or Bluetooth communication device, so it is best to use these hands free methods in the car if you need to speak to someone.   Most newer model cars come equipped with Bluetooth technology, so get used to using that.  Also, if you are legally parked, then you may use your cell phone or other wireless electronic device.   This does not mean being stopped at a red light or stop sign.  Rather, it means that if you are in a parking lot or driveway and your car is parked, you are permitted to use your phone.

What about using your GPS or navigation system?  You can still use your phone as a GPS; however, it must be set up before you begin driving.  In other words, you must be lawfully parked to set up the GPS and/or change your route.  If you are driving and need to make a change to your route, pull into a parking lot, park your car and make the adjustment.

Are there any exceptions to the Georgia Hands Free Law that allow you to use your cell phone?

Yes, the main exceptions are based on emergency situations and are as follows:

  • Citizens may handle an electronic device while driving if they are: Reporting a traffic accident, medical emergency, fire, crime, delinquent act, or hazardous road condition.
  • Law enforcement officers are exempt from the law as long as they are performing their official duties.

What are the penalties if you are found guilty of violating the Georgia Hands Free Law?

The fine for a first conviction is $50.00 and 1 point assessed against the driver's license.  The fine is $100.00 and 2 points for a second conviction and $150.00 and 3 points for three or more convictions.

If you would like to read the actual statute on Improper Use of a Wireless Device/Electronic Ticket, please look up Official Code of Georgia 40-6-241.

  • A misdemeanor criminal offense on your record;
  • 1-3 points on your driving record;
  • A fine of $50-$150;
  • Increased insurance premiums for several years; and
  • A license suspension if you are over the point threshold

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Having a skilled and experienced Georgia Improper Use of a Wireless Device/Electronic Ticket Attorney on your case will help you achieve a better result.

  • We help keep your driving record clean. We can negotiate with the prosecutor to amend your citation to a reduced or non-reporting violation.  This will keep it off your driving record.   In other instances, we may be able to identify defenses, mitigating circumstances or technical/procedural mistakes made by the citing officer, which could result in a dismissal of your charge.
  • We can save you money. If you simply pay your ticket and it goes on your record, your insurance company will use it against you by increasing your insurance premiums.  Most likely, they will increase your premiums by thousands over dollars for several years. By keeping the ticket off your record, we will save you more money in the long run.
  • We can save you time: Whenever it is possible, we handle your case without you having to appear in court to face the prosecutor and judge. However, depending on the court and the facts of your case, your appearance may necessary or beneficial; in that event, we can still save you time because due to procedural rules, courts typically hear attorney represented cases before hearing non-represented cases, thereby drastically decreasing the amount of time you spend in court.
  • We offer clear flat fee representation so you are never surprised by the legal fees we charge.
  • We are easy to get in touch with and pride ourselves on promptly returning phone calls and emails.

We have handled thousands of tickets all over Georgia and have a strong record of success since 2008. We welcome you to call us today at (678) 895-6039 to discuss your case.

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Whether it is a speeding ticket, reckless driving, DUI or an illegal lane change that you have been ticket for we can help!

About Shank

Attorney Shashank (“Shank”) Anand graduated from the Georgia State University, College of Law. He has been practicing traffic ticket defense in Metro Atlanta since 2008 and has experience working in over 40 different courts in the state of Georgia.

The Anand Law Firm, LLC

11555 Medlock Bridge Road
Suite 100
Johns Creek, GA 30097

Office: (678) 895-6039
Email: contact@anandlawfirm.com