Brevard County is also known as the Space Coast. It is located on the Atlantic Ocean. The most apparent tourist attraction is the John F. Kennedy Space Center. The official county seat is Titusville. Other major cities include Palm Bay, Cocoa, Cape Canaveral and Melbourne. The county is home to approximately 544,000 residents.
With main thoroughfares crossing the county, there are many local and state agencies that look out for the county. These agencies include Palm Bay Police Department, Cape Canaveral Police Department, Melbourne Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol, and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. The law enforcement agencies write tickets for traffic violations of all sorts. These violations include reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, driving under the influence, unlawful speed, failure to stop or yield at a traffic signal. The Brevard County Sheriff’s office assists the Florida Highway Patrol in keeping speeding down while the county attempts to widen the portion of I-95 that crosses the county. Due to their efforts, they have kept traffic fatalities down 28% last year.
There are options when you are issued a traffic citation. A civil infraction can be remedied with any of three possible options: 1) you may take a Driver Improvement Course to lower your fine and keep points off of your license, 2) you may elect to fight the ticket in traffic court, or 3) you may pay the fine/fee. The first two options can result in points being kept off of your license. First, you can keep points off your license by taking the Driver Improvement Course, which is available in DVD/video, in the classroom setting, or online. The Driver Improvement Course keeps points off your license, but there are some restrictions. You can only take the Driver Improvement course five times in your lifetime and once in any twelve month period. If you cannot elect to take the Driver Improvement Course or if you choose not to, a Brevard County Traffic Attorney can assist you in keeping points off of your license by requesting such at a hearing.
It is important to keep points off of your license. Points can accrue to a point where it can result in your license being suspended. If twelve points accrue in twelve months, your license may be suspended for one month. If you get eighteen points in eighteen months, your license may be suspended for three months. Finally, if you get twenty-four months in thirty-six months, your license may be suspended for one year. Any additional points or violations occur, an additional three months may be added to any suspension in place.
The point system accrues as follows in the chart below:
|Unlawful Speed 15 miles per hour over the speed limit, littering, unlawful child restraint violation||3|
|Unlawful speed 16 miles per hour over the speed limit, an accident resulting in an accident, passing a school bus||4|
|Leaving the scene of an accident (<$50 worth of damage)||6|
The points accruing can result in a license suspension and can result in higher insurance premiums. Insurance companies in their sole discretion can determine that you are a high risk driver thereby requiring you to carry SR-22 insurance policies, which can be four times as much as safe driver insurance requirements.
Brevard County is home to the John F. Kennedy Space Center and many residents that enjoy the Space Coast. With such a large population and many visitors, there are bound to be a wide array of traffic tickets written each year. A Space Coast Speeding Ticket Lawyer can assist you by attending traffic hearings, informing you about the process and determining which defenses are best available to you depending on your violations. They can further advise you about how to handle any criminal implications of any violations that can be imposed on the violator. It is best to contact a Brevard County Traffic Attorney today to have them give you their advice concerning the situation regarding your case.