CLEARWATER FLORIDA TRAFFIC ATTORNEY
Florida traffic laws set forth strict penalties for individuals who are habitual traffic offenders. You should always consult an attorney to determine what options you have regarding your traffic citations. Do not just pay the ticket. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Powers Sellers & Finkelstein are experienced traffic tickets attorneys who will seek your ticket dismissed or resolved in a manner that will not affect your insurance, your driving record, or your driving privilege.
Investing in the defense of your traffic ticket can save you time and money in the long run. Often, we can eliminate the need for you to attend court by waiving your appearance. Our traffic tickets attorneys will review your driving record to determine whether you should hire an attorney. Additionally, you will receive a free consultation so that you can obtain invaluable information that will assist in protecting your driving record should you receive a traffic ticket in the future.
Some traffic offenses are criminal violations. Criminal traffic violations usually carry higher fines, probation or even a jail sentence. Additionally, criminal traffic violations can result in a criminal record. Unlike civil traffic violations, these types of violation usually require one or more court appearances.
Some criminal traffic violations:
- Reckless driving
- Hit and run
- Driving under the influence
- Fleeing and eluding
- Driving while license suspended or revoked (DWLSR)
Do not try to resolve these types of criminal charges without the assistance of an experienced criminal traffic defense attorney. Let one of our highly trained and experienced attorneys fight for your rights.
Civil traffic infractions/tickets will not expose you to jail time; they are punishable by fines and points on your license. If you receive too many points within a specific period, your license may be suspended or revoked. Additionally, civil traffic infractions can result in an increase in your insurance premiums. Before you pay your ticket and/or attend driving school, contact our office to find out if you have any other options. You may have an argument in support of a dismissal or you may have defenses that can be asserted in a formal hearing.
There are several types of civil traffic infractions:
- Moving violations such as speeding and running a red light
- Accident violations such as failure to yield or careless driving
- Non-moving violations such as driver’s license or registration issues
- Red light camera violations
- Toll violations
No. You should consult an attorney before paying a ticket. You may have a defense. Additionally, although paying a ticket may seem like the simple solution, the ramifications can be devastating. If you have a lengthy driving record, you may be looking at additional points on your license which could result in a license suspension. Our consultations are free. Call one of our traffic defense attorneys to find out what options you may have.
The number of points that go on your driving record is determined by the type of traffic violation. Leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and speeding resulting in an accident will each result in 6 points on your record. Reckless driving and moving violations resulting in accidents (other than speeding) carry 4 points each. Speeding and other moving violations will carry between 3-4 points. For a more comprehensive list, visit the Florida DMV website.
In the state of Florida, you may lose your license if you acquire too many points within a specific period. The following will result in a license suspension:
- 12 points within a 12-month period – 30-day suspension
- 18 points within an 18-month period – 90-day suspension
- 24 points within a 36-month period – 365-day suspension
The law is tougher on minors. Contact our office for details on driving points as they relate to minors.
You must contact your insurance carrier regarding your rates. Depending on the nature of the violation and your driving record, you may be looking at increased rates. This is yet another reason why it is so important to contact an attorney before paying your traffic ticket.
There are many reasons why traffic tickets get dismissed. Witnesses may not show and/or faulty equipment may result in dismissals. Often, officers do not file the appropriate paperwork and tickets are significantly delayed in prosecution. This too can result in a dismissal.
Every case is different. At the very least, you should attempt to minimize the long-term effects of a traffic ticket. There are alternatives to simply paying the fine which may save you time and money in the long run. Be careful not to let your deadline for payment pass you by. This can and usually does result in a driver’s license suspension.
Yes. If you are opting to take the driving improvement course, you may do so online. If you are eligible to take this course and choose to do so, you will avoid points on your license. You must pay your fine as well to satisfy this option.
Call one of our traffic defense attorneys before you opt for the driving school to determine whether you have defenses to your traffic infraction. We provide a free case consultation.
A withhold of adjudication means you are not convicted of the traffic infraction. This is a way to avoid accumulating points on your driver’s license. An adjudication will result in points on your license.
You may opt for driving school on non-criminal traffic violations and non-CDL license violations. However, you are only allowed to opt for the driver improvement course one time within a 12-month period.
This is a common question. Officers may be trained in estimating speed visually. Officers may also use a radar to detect speed. If there are calibration or mechanical issues with the radar, you may have cause to move to dismiss your speeding ticket.
There are numerous issues regarding the current laws that govern Florida’s red light camera tickets. If you have received a red light camera ticket, contact one of our traffic defense attorneys as soon as possible. Our attorneys have been successful in defending red light camera tickets and can advise whether you have a defense or grounds for a motion to dismiss.