What You Need to Do If You Have Received a Traffic Ticket
Perhaps you were on your way home, tired from a long day of work and in a hurry when you saw the flashing red lights behind you and felt the sinking sensation in your stomach. To add to your stressful day, you are now left with a speeding ticket to deal with. Maybe you will take it home, throw it in a drawer and vow to deal with it later—and maybe you will deal with it within your 30-day time limit. Maybe you will forget to deal with your speeding ticket and will be shocked some time later to find there is a warrant for your arrest. Maybe you—like most people—will write out a check and drop it in the mail so you can put the ticket behind you. You will do this, not realizing that you have just pled guilty to your traffic offense and now have a conviction and all the negative consequences that conviction brings. Perhaps you will call or go on line to determine whether you qualify for traffic school in order to keep points off your driver’s license.
If you have not availed yourself of traffic school within the last twelve months, you may be able to notify the Clerk of the Court that you want to take traffic school. You will, however, have to pay your entire fine at that time, with no extensions available. While these are viable options, maybe you will take the route that will leave you with a much better outcome following that speeding ticket. You will pick up the phone and call a Ocala speeding ticket lawyer. You will meet with that lawyer and a weight will be lifted off your shoulders as you realize a highly experienced legal professional is now in charge of your speeding ticket. Making the choice to call an Ocala traffic ticket lawyer could well be one of the best decisions you could make—you may have just kept points from being added to your driving record, and in turn you will not face a potential suspension or a huge increase in your insurance premiums.
What Traffic Offenses Can We Help You With?
There are many different types of traffic violations our attorneys can help you with, including the following:
Points on Your License are Serious
If you have received any of the above types of tickets, take it very seriously and contact a knowledgeable Ocala traffic ticket lawyer immediately. The points which are placed on your license for a moving violation conviction can add up quickly, causing you to be without a driver’s license. As an example, exceeding the speed limit fifteen miles per hour or less will result in three points being added to your driving record. Exceeding the speed limit by sixteen miles per hour or more will result in four points being added to your driving record. You could quickly reach twelve points within a twelve-month period, causing you to have your license suspended for a month.
Should you accrue 24 points within a three-year period, you could face a year-long license suspension. Before you assume your only choice is to pay that traffic ticket and receive a conviction, remember that your attorney understands that many traffic-related summons fail to meet the required standards. The officer who issued your speeding ticket may not be properly trained on how to use the radar or laser speed device, or the device may not have been properly calibrated or maintained. Spotting this type of error can serve as a basis for having your ticket dismissed. Our attorneys have a high degree of expertise, gathered over three decades of practice among our attorneys. We know what types of errors to look for, how to spot them, and how to possibly get your case dismissed when a police officer fails to take the required steps.
Is Driving School for You?
It may be that your best course of action will be to take driving school; if you and your Ocala speeding ticket attorney agree that this would be best, your attorney will notify the clerk of the court. You can only attend traffic school a total of five times over your lifetime, and only one time every twelve months, however if you are eligible for traffic school and complete it successfully, you will not receive points on your license. Your Ocala traffic ticket attorney will explain whether your traffic citation is a civil infraction or a criminal violation, and the penalties for both. Your attorney will work hard to ensure you do not receive a criminal traffic conviction which could affect your life for a very long time to come.
Any time you apply for a job, your prospective employer will pull up a criminal history check on you; should that check bring up a criminal traffic conviction, you could well lose out on a job you want, need, and are well-qualified for. You could additionally have trouble renting a home and could be prohibited from obtaining a professional license or a governmental student loan to attend college. There are many valid reasons to speak to a skilled, compassionate Ocala traffic ticket attorney, so don’t wait until your window of opportunity has passed you by.
Why Choose Us?
Whether you have received a serious criminal violation such as a DUI or leaving the scene of an accident, or a more minor traffic infraction such as speeding or running a stop sign, Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins can help. We have the experience and the tenaciousness to ensure you receive the best possible outcome for your traffic ticket. We will assess the circumstances of your ticket thoroughly, then present your options in a clear, understandable manner. Our firm has outstanding credentials as well as access to a wide variety of resources which could potentially help your case, and we will use those resources to the fullest extent. Don’t pay that ticket! Call an experienced Ocala traffic ticket lawyer today.