Most people lead very full and hectic lives. With kids to drive to and from school, sporting activities, and to family functions while juggling a job is just the tip of the iceberg. And, when holidays and other events like graduation or weddings come up, the need to get from one place to another quickly increases. This need can lead to driving faster than the posted speed limit, or other traffic related violations. If you receive a traffic ticket, it might seem easier to just pay the fine and move on than to try and fight the charges. But, doing so can have a harmful impact on your right to drive, because if you rack up too many tickets you stand the chance of landing on the Habitual Traffic Offender list. Those on this list face the possibility of losing their license, and thus the right to drive. It will be even harder to get to work and to take your kids to school without a license, so sometimes fighting a traffic ticket is the only answer.
There are two types of traffic violations in Florida, and either type can result in you getting a ticket. The two types of tickets are:
- Moving violations, which includes any violation that takes place while you are driving. This might be reckless driving, speeding, or even a DUI. In cases that are more than simple speeding, the stakes are much higher. The punishment for a DUI or reckless driving case is harsher than the financial fine associated with speeding, which means the type of defense to these forms of traffic tickets must be specially developed to fit the facts.
- Nonmoving violations, which includes a violation that takes place while you are not driving. These tickets may seem harmless, but can result in points on your record and when too many points accumulate; you stand the chance of losing your license.
The possibility of points adding up on your driving record, and the potential loss of license that goes with having too many points is reason enough to fight a traffic ticket. Our goal is to explain the possible outcome to you, and make sure you are aware of the impact of opting to pay a ticket rather than put on a defense. When you arm yourself with this type of knowledge, you can make an educated decision about how to best proceed. Call one of our traffic ticket defense attorneys today to learn more.
If you have received a traffic ticket, call our office to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney. We help people charged with all sorts of traffic violations in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Call today to schedule an appointment.