Traffic Violations Can Affect Your Future – A Traffic Ticket Attorney in Brandon Can Help
Are All Traffic Tickets Serious?
Of course some traffic tickets are more serious than others—obviously receiving a DUI or leaving the scene of an accident citations are considered more serious than a speeding ticket. On the other hand, a speeding ticket can be much more serious than you might imagine. Every time you are convicted of a moving violation, you will receive points on your driving record. When you accrue a certain number of points, you may end up having your license revoked for a period of time.
Twelve points on your driving record within twelve months could result in a one-month suspension, eighteen points on your driving record within a year and a half could result in a three-month license suspension, and twenty-four points added to your driving record within a three-year period could result in a one-year license suspension.
You could receive six points for a speeding offense which resulted in an accident or for leaving the scene of the accident. Four point offenses include exceeding the speed limit by sixteen miles per hour or more, driving recklessly, any moving violation which resulted in an accident, attempting to pass a stopped school bus and ignoring traffic control signals or devices. Three point infractions include violations of curfew (for minors), exceeding the posted speed limit by fifteen miles per hour or less, minors driving during restricted hours, driving with an open container, violating child restraint regulations or seat belt requirements and all other traffic offenses. As you can see, points on your license can add up quickly and can become a serious problem. For this reason, you must contact a traffic ticket attorney in Brandon.
More Serious Traffic Violations
Leaving the scene of an accident is particularly serious; you could be charged with a second degree misdemeanor, punishable by 60 days in jail. Should a person be injured or killed, you could face serious felony charges. Having someone who can speak on your behalf is crucial to potentially having your charges dismissed or negotiated to a lesser offense. Your Brandon traffic ticket attorney understands all the ins and outs of every single type of traffic offense and will work hard to ensure you receive a much better outcome than you would if you handled the ticket on your own.
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a mistake that can leave you with regrets for a very long time, and can have a type of “domino effect.” Not only will you receive jail time and hefty fines should you receive a conviction for DUI, you could lose your license for a significant length of time, and will have to deal with a criminal conviction on your record. You may have difficulty finding a job—or getting to and from your job if your license has been suspended. The fines which accompany a DUI conviction could cause you serious financial hardships, and your automobile insurance could increase so much that you might have a hard time being able to pay your premiums.
Speeding 50 mph or more over the speed limit could result in a mandatory fine of $1,000. While there is little negotiation available with such excessive speeds, your Brandon speeding ticket lawyer may be able to negotiate your fines downward, at least a bit. This level of speeding will probably add six points to your driver’s license and definitely requires a Brandon speeding ticket attorney who has the knowledge and experience to deal with such a serious charge. Another way of receiving a mandatory $1,000 fine is to “pop a wheelie” while driving a motorcycle, however, just like the excessive speed ticket, your Brandon traffic ticket lawyer might be able to negotiate the fine somewhat.
“Aggressive” careless driving is addressed under Florida Statute 315.1923; while this is not a statute under which you can actually be cited, the police officer can mark on your ticket that you were driving aggressively, which will cause the judge to enhance fines or impose other sanctions. The statute deals with those who commit more than one of the following acts at the same time:
- Change lanes improperly or unsafely
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Passing improperly
- Following too closely
- Violating a traffic control device
A violation of right-of-way ticket is most often issued when a driver makes a left-hand turn and is hit by oncoming traffic. Even in cases when a driver is “waved” through by an oncoming driver, then is hit by another car, this is seldom a defense to the charge of violation of right-of-way, however could be a mitigating factor. Florida law requires drivers who are turning right or left to yield the right-of-way to other vehicles and traffic lawfully within the intersection. If you have been charged with any of these serious traffic violations, or for lesser traffic infractions which can nonetheless add points to your license, it is important that you contact a highly qualified traffic ticket lawyer from Brandon before you make a decision which can potentially haunt you for a very long time to come.
The Credentials of Our Firm Truly Set Us Apart
We understand that you have plenty of choices when you are making the decision to hire an attorney to help you with your traffic citation, whether civil or criminal. Our attorneys have extensive experience—over three decades combined. We have helped thousands of clients during that time, working hard for their rights and their future, and we will do the same for you.
All of our attorneys are members of the Florida Bar Association, and attorneys in our firm have collectively written five books on DUI. We bring a variety of backgrounds to the table, from former prosecutors to former public defenders, and believe our team of experienced attorneys will use that varied background to your advantage. If you have received a speeding ticket or other traffic citation, call a traffic ticket attorney in Brandon today for a free consultation and thorough evaluation of your case.