Texas Defense Lawyers for Overweight Tickets
The experienced criminal defense lawyers at Joyner + Joyner, P.C. represent clients cited with overweight violations throughout the State of Texas.
If you received an overweight ticket in the State of Texas, contact our law office today and one of our attorneys will provide you with a complimentary consultation. Understand all of your options before making a decision.
STOP – Do not simply pay the fine!
Our law firm receives many calls from commercial drivers, motor carriers and owner/operators of trucking companies who incorrectly believe that by simply “paying the fine” on the overweight violation the ticket is resolved and they will never have to deal with it again.
That is not the case.
As stated in most court’s paperwork and website disclosures; when an individual simply pays the fine associated with the overweight ticket, the defendant is required to waive their right to jury trial and enter a plea of guilty or nolo contendere (no contest).
Please note that any traffic violation that is simply paid is reported as a conviction to the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS).
FMCSA Implications When Ticketed for Overweight Violations in Texas
Under Federal Regulations, the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) has fifteen (15) days to report all found violations to the Federal Motor-Carrier Comprehensive Safety Analysis (FMCSA) system implemented in 2010. This federal requirement includes all warnings and citations!
Contact our commercial driver defense lawyers today so we can discuss how you can dispute FMCSA violations. Remember that you only have fifteen (15) to request an appeal through the DataQ System. (hyperlink: https://dataqs.fmcsa.dot.gov/Default.aspx?enc=4orUr4VSakAlYsjxOmHrCeQ158IknHedB20QvqZJtcw=) Do not just pay the overweight violations since it may negatively impact your FMCSA score.
As of September 1st, 2013, fine amounts for overweight vehicles increased drastically.
The following is a table of fines that apply to overweight, non-permit loads operating on Texas highways:
AXLE WEIGHTS OVERLOADS / HEAVIER THAN ALLOWABLE
- Less than 2,500 pounds = fines up to $500.00
- 2,500 to 5,000 pounds = fines up to $1,000.00
- More than 5,000 Pounds = fines up to $2,500.00
GROSS VEHICLE OVERWEIGHT / HEAVIER THAN ALLOWABLE
- Less than 2,500 pounds = fines up to $500.00
- 2,500 to 5,000 pounds = fines up to $1,000 .00
- 5001 to 10,000 pounds = fines up to $2,500.00
- 10,001 to 20,000 pounds = fines up to $5,000.00
- 20,001 to 40,000 pounds = fines up to $7,000.00
- More than 40,000 = up to $10,000.00
All fine amounts DOUBLE for a 3rd and subsequent offense in a one-year time period.
If you have already simply paid the fines and pled to a conviction, please contact our traffic ticket lawyers immediately since Texas law limits the time you have to re-open the case.
Benefits of Hiring our Defense Attorneys for Overweight Violations
Complimentary Consultation with an Experienced Defense Attorney
When you contact our law firm, our legal team will take all the necessary information regarding your overweight ticket. Then, one our defense attorneys and will provide you with complimentary legal consultation specific to your case.
Unlike other law firms, at Joyner + Joyner you will receive a legal consultation directly from the licensed attorney that will handle your overweight violation instead of just getting a price quote from an administrative assistant.
Overweight tickets are inconvenient to resolve properly. That is why we strive to make the process as simple as possible.
- Most overweight violation cases can be handled with our office over the phone.
- Call our office, we will provide you with a consultation, you make payment over the phone or online and we provide you with all your paperwork and receipts.
- We will keep you updated on your case throughout the process.
- We will provide you with final documentation showing the outcome of your case once it is completed. Commercial drivers and motor carriers are able to submit court outcome documentation for violations that were dismissed or pled down, with a Request for Data Review in DataQs. (https://dataqs.fmcsa.dot.gov/HelpCenter/HelpCenter.aspx)This will help you protect your FMSCA score.
Most overweight ticket cases can be resolved without requiring the client to appear in court. This means that in most cases, you do not have to take time off work and spend hours waiting in court.
Our defense lawyers have a proven track record at the courts they appear. Read about our client testimonials here.
Most overweight ticket cases can be resolved for less than the cost of the listed fines. Do not just pay for the overweight ticket!
Avoid or Remove Warrants
If you fail to appear by the court date stated on your overweight ticket, then an arrest warrant will be issued by the court. Our attorneys can assist you by removing the active warrant and resolving your case. In most instances, our defense lawyers can resolve your case without the defendant having to post a bond or appearing in court.
Higher Level of Client Service
At Joyner + Joyner Law Firm, we understand that you have many options when deciding to retain an attorney. We pride ourselves in our commitment of providing excellent client service. We strive to return all calls and emails within twenty-four hours. Once you retain us, our legal team will be on your side from start to finish. We will explain to you the process, answer all your questions and seek a resolution to your case that is not only effective but efficient.