John McCurley


John McCurley is a legal editor at Nolo, focusing on DUI and driving laws. He has a degree in engineering physics from U.C. San Diego and completed law school at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Before joining Nolo, John practiced criminal defense and juvenile dependency law, primarily doing writs and appeals. He's an appellate law specialist (certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization) and has four published appellate victories: In re Juarez (2010) 182 Cal.App.4th 1316, K.F. v. Superior Court (2014) 224 Cal.App.4th 1369, People v. Hill (2015) 236 Cal.App.4th 1100 (co-counsel), and In re Bianca S. (2015) 241 Cal.App.4th 1272. John maintains a small private practice in San Diego (see

Recent Articles
Pennsylvania Traffic Ticket Penalties
If you’re convicted of a traffic violation in Pennsylvania, you’ll like have to pay a fine and the Department of Transportation will assess demerit points to your driving record. Here are the fine amount and point values for specific violations. ... Read more

Virginia Traffic Ticket Penalties
Traffic tickets in Virginia normally result in a fine and points being assessed to the motorist’s driving record. Accumulating too many points can lead to license suspension. ... Read more

Arkansas Traffic Ticket Penalties
In Arkansas, a traffic ticket (assuming you don’t successfully fight the ticket in court) usually leads to a fine and demerit points being assessed to the motorist’s driving record. Accumulating too many points within a certain period of time can lead to license suspension. ... Read more

Traffic School and Defensive Driving Courses for Dealing With a Ticket
After being cited for a traffic offense, you’ll typically have to decide between fighting the ticket and admitting fault. For drivers who choose to admit the violation, traffic school is often a good option. ... Read more

Should I Hire a Traffic Attorney to Fight My Ticket?
If an officer tickets you for a moving violation, you’ll have to decide whether to handle the ticket yourself or hire an attorney to take care of it for you. Hiring an attorney could cost several hundred dollars, but depending on your situation, it might be money well spent. ... Read more