With football season coming into full swing, many of the on-the-field headlines are being trumped by the off-the-field legal troubles of Denver Broncos’ star linebacker, Von Miller.
As originally reported by KCNC-TV, Miller was stopped last week for speeding 13 miles per hour over the speed limit. It turns out Miller was driving with a suspended license stemming from previous violations for careless driving, driving without a license, and driving without proof of insurance. Miller had also been arrested in August for a failure to appear in court for those charges—all this in addition to his 6-game NFL suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Although we can’t comment on his NFL suspension, it’s easy to see what Von Miller could have done differently to avoid his legal troubles. So, what can we learn from Von Miller and his traffic tickets?
- Don’t speed—sooner or later, law enforcement will catch you and issue a summons. Even star athletes aren’t immune to traffic tickets.
- If you receive a summons, take all necessary steps to respond to the ticket and follow up with the court. In New York, if you fail to respond to a ticket within 60 days your license will be suspended.
- Always keep current proof of registration and proof of insurance in your automobile at all times. Failure to provide either of these documents when pulled over can lead to additional violations.
- If you ever to get into legal trouble over traffic tickets, hire a good traffic ticket attorney to help you manage your case. An attorney will fight to reduce the points and fines from your tickets and often you won’t even have to show up to court—your attorney can represent you.