How a Tampa Traffic Ticket Lawyer Can Help With Your Traffic Infraction
What are Traffic Offenses?
At least 90% of all Americans own a car; we use our vehicles to commute back and forth to work, take our children to school and to after-school activities, run a multitude of errands, visit friends and family and take a vacation. With the level of driving most of us do, it is almost inevitable that even the best driver may, at some point, receive a traffic violation, whether criminal or civil. If you just stash the ticket in a drawer, intending to take care of it “later,” then forget all about, you may have even more problems to address.
Perhaps you are aware how frustrating and embarrassing being pulled over and issued a speeding ticket or other type of traffic ticket is, but you may not be aware of the considerable problems that a ticket could cause you in the future. Traffic offenses in Florida will either be considered civil or criminal, depending on the offense. Regarding civil traffic offenses (speeding, running a stop sign, running a red light, improper lane change, failure to yield, driving without a seatbelt, driving without proof of insurance and toll road or SunPass violations) your biggest concern is likely to be the accumulation of points on your license.
Civil traffic violations don’t result in jail time, but can require substantial fines and you may be required to attend traffic school. For criminal traffic offenses (reckless driving, driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, drag racing, driving with a suspended license or driving on a habitual traffic offender revocation) you will be more concerned about acquiring a criminal record and even possible jail time. If you have received a criminal traffic violation, you have violated a federal, state, county or municipal law or ordinance which could result in a criminal misdemeanor or even felony charge.
In either case, an experienced Tampa traffic ticket attorney can help. Although many people consider traffic violations to be a minor issue, when they are not handled quickly and efficiently, you could face a much larger problem. A single traffic ticket can result in hundreds—or thousands—of dollars in fines, points on your driver’s license which could cause your license to be suspended and an in increase in insurance rates that you simply may not be able to afford. Calling a traffic ticket lawyer in Tampa Florida at the earliest possible time, could make a significant difference in the outcome of that ticket.
What Are Your Options Regarding a Tampa Traffic Ticket?
Your Tampa speeding ticket lawyer can explain the options you may have after receiving a traffic violation. If your ticket is for a civil traffic offense, you could simply pay the ticket and deal with the points on your license, increased insurance rates, fines and attendance in traffic school or you could choose to fight the charge(s) with the help of a traffic ticket attorney in Tampa.
A skilled Tampa traffic ticket attorney can aggressively challenge your charges, with a goal of one or more of the following: having the charges dropped entirely, a not-guilty verdict, no mandatory traffic school and no points on your permanent driving record. There are a number of “traffic technicalities” we can use on your behalf, including the following:
- The manner in which the police officer stopped you and the reason for doing so
- Whether the device which measured your speed was properly calibrated
- Speed trap rules
In any case, once you pay your speeding ticket, you have effectively pled guilty, and now have a conviction for the offense. As your experienced speeding ticket lawyer in Tampa, FL can tell you, such a conviction comes with a wide variety of repercussions which can have a significant impact on your future.
If your Tampa traffic violation is more serious, and considered criminal, it is just as important to hire a knowledgeable traffic ticket attorney. Having a criminal conviction on your record can lead to extremely serious consequences, including the inability to obtain a job, secure a student loan, rent a home, obtain a professional license and many other negative effects as well.
Points Associated With Speeding and Other Traffic Violations
The points you can receive for a speeding or other traffic violation will vary depending on the individual circumstances surrounding your ticket, but the following are possible:
- Speeding—three to four points, depending on how many miles above the speed limit you were driving
- Speeding violations resulting in an accident—six points
- Stop sign violation—three points
- Reckless driving—four points
- Moving violations which cause an accident—four points
- Attempting to pass a stopped school bus—four points
- Driving with an open container—three points
- Violating child restraint regulations—three points
If you incur twelve points within a 12-month period, you could be subject to a 30-day suspension. Eighteen points within an 18-month period could result in a three-month suspension, and 24 points within a three-year period could result in a one-year suspension of your driver’s license. If you have already received points on your license, it is even more imperative that you contact a qualified Tampa speeding ticket attorney.
Why Choose Us as Your Tampa Florida Traffic Ticket Lawyer?
We understand that you have many choices in the Tampa area when choosing an attorney to represent you. What sets us apart is experience; we have been aggressively fighting speeding tickets, traffic violations and DUI charges for decades, providing our clients with the highest level of experience and knowledge.
The credentials associated with our attorneys are extensive, and we will use our considerable legal backgrounds in your defense, whether for a civil traffic violation or a criminal traffic violation. Your Tampa traffic ticket attorney will work with other attorneys in our firm as a team in order to ensure an effective defense on your behalf. It’s important to realize that a traffic violation is much more than an inconvenience; your Tampa speeding ticket attorney will look at your situation from every angle with a goal of minimizing the consequences.