Having more isn’t always a good thing. When you receive multiple traffic citations, the consequences add up quickly. The most significant consequence of having too many traffic tickets is that you run the risk of the state taking away your driver’s license. To avoid losing your right to drive, pay special attention to the traffic laws and if you receive a ticket do not dismiss it as not deserving of your time. All too often people simply pay a traffic ticket and move on, but this can create a real problem if you are pulled over again. Therefore, it is just as important to defend traffic tickets as it is other types of criminal offenses. Staying off the radar as a habitual traffic offender will help ensure your continued ability to drive, and can help keep auto insurance premiums low. Here’s what you need to know about the Habitual Traffic Offender law.

The State can take your driver’s license away for five years under the Habitual Traffic Offender law if your driving habits fall into one of the following two categories:

● More than three offenses for things like voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, driving while your license is revoked or suspended, operating a commercial vehicle without a CDL, or participating in a felony while driving.

● Receiving fifteen or more convictions for a moving violation.

Moving violations add harmful points to your driving record and those points put your license at risk. Not being able to drive is a bummer. You end up having to rely on family and friends for a ride, and that can be a significant inconvenience for everyone involved. You can and should fight traffic charges, so the number of traffic related convictions on your record remains low. Doing so will help maintain your good driving record and your right to drive. Qualified criminal defense attorneys can help by fighting for a reduction in the charges, so the slate remains clean.

If you have received a traffic ticket and want to keep it off your record, contact an experienced traffic ticket defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free consultation and we work with you to reach results that fit your needs.