Florida Criminal Traffic Violations
When it comes to the laws of traffic there are two types of violations a driver can receive. There are moving violations and criminal traffic violations.
What is the difference between the two?
A moving violation is an offense in which the driver receives a ticket with a fine to pay, such as speeding, running a red light, running a stop sign, or making an improper pass. After a driver pays their fine the moving violation punishment is over with, unless it results in a suspended license. On the other hand, a criminal traffic violation results in the driver receiving, at minimum, a misdemeanor offense on their record as well as heavy consequences, such as large fines, suspended license, community service, and jail time.
Common criminal traffic violations are:
- Driving While License Suspended
- Driving Under the Influence
- Refusal to Submit to Breath Test
- Reckless Driving
- Habitual Traffic Offender
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident
- No Valid Driver’s License
- Expired Driver’s License
- Racing on a Highway
- Attaching Tag not Assigned
- Expired Vehicle Registration
- No Valid Registration
- Unlawful Use of an Identification Card
- No Motorcycle Endorsement
- Unlawful Display of a License
- Permitting an Unauthorized Person to Drive
A criminal traffic violation is a crime and will be handled in a court of law. The majority of criminal traffic violation offenders receive their court date on the bottom of their ticket that was issued by the police officer when the crime took place; this is to say that the driver was not arrested. For violations such as driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, and reckless driving, it is common for the officer to arrest the driver immediately when charged with one of these crimes.
Aside from common traffic violation consequences, such as fines, points on a driver’s license, and increase in insurance rates, criminal traffic violations add on to the consequences and can end up costing a person thousands of dollars.
Criminal traffic violations are likely to result in an immediate license suspension or an immediate arrest. The offender will have to appear in court on their assigned court date andsubmit their plea, whether they plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest. If the accused individual does not appear on their said court date, a warrant will most likely be issued for their arrest. If the accused individual decides to fight their case then the case will go to trial unless a different arrangement has been made or a settlement offer has been accepted.
A criminal traffic violation is a double edged sword as it will damage a person’s driving record as well as their personal criminal record. When it comes to laws of traffic it is important for an accused driver to understand that there are numerous ways that the violation received may not be their fault. Most criminal traffic violations are based on the proof that the officer on the scene of the crime can provide. Many times, the officer does not have sufficient proof and it is only their opinion that they go by. Criminal traffic violations should be fought by an experienced criminal defense attorneybecause the amount of money that the accused individual will have to pay will most likely amount to more than what the accused individual will have to pay for good legal counsel.
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