Stowers and Sarcone Secures Not Guilty Verdict – Passing a School Bus Offense
If you have ever driven behind a school bus you know it may stop at any time to pick up or drop off students. As the bus driver prepares to stop the school bus, he or she will turn on the amber, flashing warning lights. Three to five hundred yards later, the bus will come to a complete stop, the red lights will flash and the stop arm will extend. So, when those amber lights come on you have to act quickly because passing a stopped school bus will cost you. Learn more here.
Passing a school bus is a serious offense. A first violation is a simple misdemeanor with a minimum fine of $250.00 and a maximum potential fine of $675.00. In addition, a judge can impose a jail sentence of up to thirty days. Lastly, your driver’s license will be suspended for 30 days. Second and subsequent offenses are serious misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail, a 90 day driver’s license suspension (2nd Offense) or a 180 day suspension (3rd + Offense).
Passing a school bus isn’t your run of the mill traffic ticket. You need a lawyer to protect you if charged with this offense. The consequences are even more significant for CDL holders and those that drive for a living. Additionally, the negative impacts on your insurance coverage and costs may be severe. You need a lawyer to protect you from these negative consequences. Recently, Stowers and Sarcone Attorney Gabriel Walsh, obtained from a jury a not-guilty verdict. Gabe’s client owns a trucking company and drives for a living. The not guilty verdict saved him thousands of dollars in lost earnings.
At the end of the day, passing a school bus is not a ticket you should take lightly. Your driver’s license, your freedom, your insurance, and possibly your livelihood may be on the line. If you are charged with passing a school bus call Stowers and Sarcone now! Let us protect you. 515-224-7446