Florida traffic ticket 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 ticket. Do not just pay the ticket. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Powers Sellers & Finkelstein are experienced traffic tickets attorneys who will seek to have your traffic ticket dismissed or resolved in a manner that will not affect your insurance, your driving record, or your driving privilege. Here are some common questions that our firm receives from people involved in traffic ticket defense cases:
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.
The concept is to prevent repeat traffic tickets 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.
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.
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Testimonials found on this website are actual client reviews of Powers Sellers & Finkelstein, PLC. We appreciate our clients and their willingness to share their experiences. Please keep in mind that the success of any legal matter depends on the unique circumstances of each case: we cannot guarantee particular results for future clients based on successes we have achieved in past legal matters.
I am very satisfied with the service I received. My case was not that big, but it meant a lot to me. MS Amanda Sellers accepted the case, advised me to leave it to her completely, so I do not have to worry about notices and appearances. She carefully listened to me, drafted the negotiation strategy, and took it from there. The end result is CASE DISMISSED!!! no fines, no charges, no points. Thanks to her my record stayed clean as it should.
My name is Edgar H and Amanda and her associates were amazing from beginning to end. Amanda handled my VOP flawlessly. Communication for me is KEY and words can’t express how much I appreciated Amanda and her team always being available for my questions and concerns through one of the toughest moments in my life.
Thank you endlessly Amanda!
From the moment I first spoke with Amanda, I never considered seeking the help of another attorney. Her knowledge, genuine concern, and calming influence were so valuable to me while navigating a difficult situation. She brokered a favorable resolution to my case and I would recommend her services to anyone in need of expert legal counsel and human support.
Amanda and her team were able to help our client who has been homeliness for 10 years clear his record in Florida and release him for any outstanding warrants. He now can secure a job and housing and move forward with his life.
They were very efficient but most of all had a true concern for their client.
My son was charged with 2 criminal charges second-degree felony’s. We hired Jenna Finkelstein and within a week she had both charges brought down to a third-degree felony and kept us informed every step of the way. She was very personal, very down to earth, very easy to reach and always returned calls right away. He ended up with no jail time and one year probation and was off in six months with good behavior. Jenna was very proactive at our first appointment and gave us five steps to do within the first week to make it sure that we have the best outcome. Jenna went above and beyond the call of her job and really took a personal interest in our case. She gave us peace which was the most important thing at that time of our life. If anybody I know ever gets into criminal trouble.... I would highly advise them to contact Jennna Finkelstein. Thanks for your hard work Jenna.
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Amanda Sellers has done magnificent work for my back to back traffic cases. With unusual out-of-state license woes hanging in the balance she preformed well over my expectations. Above and beyond she went for me and opened the ceiling on my otherwise dark a closing tunnel. I cannot thank her enough for helping me clear my path to a calmer, clearer outlook for my future
Amanda and Jenna are wonderful attorneys that have chosen a career of helping those that can't always help themselves. Working closely with Amanda showed her passion and drive to protect the innocent while never stepping down. If you are in need of legal counsel at a great price, these two ladies will not let you down!!
There are many law firms that are all about the money… But what sets Jenna apart as an attorney and distinguishes her from the rest is her compassion and personal approach. She not only empowered us with knowledge before our case even went to court, but also provided us with the silver lining during our darkest time in the form of her emotional support and reassurance. She also made the time to help us even at the most urgent times, and she treated us with fairness and respect, regardless of our personal background. She has both the experience and true passion for helping her clients, and for that, I can’t thank her enough. So if you need an attorney, Ms. Jenna Finkelstein is the one!
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