Most people think the best way to deal with a traffic violation is to just pay the ticket. While this is a quick way to dispose of the matter, it can have harmful consequences down the road. For example, if you are a repeat offender, getting too many traffic tickets could lead to loss of your driver’s license. Traffic tickets can also cause you to accumulate too many points on your driving record, and this can also result in loss of your driving privileges. In order to avoid these harsh consequences, the better option is to fight a traffic ticket. A successful defense of a traffic ticket can do more than save your license, it can also save you money. When you are cited for a traffic violation, it is reported to your insurance.… Continue reading
Upon being arrested a criminal defendant’s most pressing concern is the range of punishment. Knowing what to expect by way of fines and possible incarceration helps to prepare you for what lies ahead and can also help aid you when deciding on a defense strategy. When the offense is in federal court rather than state court the Judge is required to adhere to strict sentencing guidelines. Over the years these guidelines have changed. This Fall, criminal defendants in federal matters will see another change. It is important to know what’s in store for the future, even if your case is not a federal case. This is because some prosecutors in state court try to draw parallels to these rules, so understanding the rationale behind them is key to understanding how the criminal judicial system works.
Receiving a traffic ticket is never fun. A traffic ticket is costly financially, and can also wreak havoc on your driving record. If you get too many tickets, the points add up quickly and you run the risk of having your driver’s license suspended or revoked. In the most egregious of cases you can face permanent loss of your driving privileges. In order to protect your good driving record, and maintain your right to drive, it is imperative that you take the legal steps necessary to protect your driver’s license.
The possibility that you will lose your license after having received too many traffic tickets depends on the number of tickets and the type. The worst case scenario, pursuant to the Habitual Traffic Offender allows the State to take your license for a period of five years. This can happen if you fall within one… Continue reading
Most minor traffic violations, such as speeding, do not usually result in arrest. When the majority of the driving public gets a ticket, the impulse is to pay the fine and forget about the incident. This can be damaging for several reasons, one of which is that harmful points can be added to your driving record and if too many points accumulate your insurance rates will be raised, and you could lose your license. Fighting a traffic ticket will help reduce these possibilities, and help you to maintain your good driving record. Another potential danger from getting a traffic ticket is possible arrest.
If you have an outstanding ticket, or have failed to appear in Court for other charges, there may be a bench warrant out for your arrest. Judges issues bench warrants when people fail to abide by Court orders, or to show… Continue reading
Traffic violations can happen in a variety of ways. The most commonly thought of infraction is a traffic ticket for speeding, which is a minor charge. More serious traffic violations include hit and run, leaving the scene of an accident, and DUI. It is important to defend all types of violations, even speeding tickets. A good defense will help keep harmful points off your record, and in some instances keep you on the road.
A charge of hit and run, or leaving the scene of an accident are misdemeanor offenses. In some instances the charge can be increased to a felony, depending on the circumstances. Two good reasons why leaving the scene of an accident is a bad idea include:
● If alcohol or drugs are involved.
● If an injury resulted from the accident.
It is scary to be involved… Continue reading
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… Continue reading
Minimalists live by the mantra that “less is more”. This is also true in the area of criminal law, where the fewer violations you have, the better. Especially when dealing with traffic violations. This is true because in Florida, if you have more than a certain number of traffic offenses in a five year period you run the risk of losing your right to drive.
The Habitual Traffic Offender law allows the state to take your license for a period of five years if you fall within one of the following categories:
● More than three offenses of the following types:
Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter
A felony, while operating a motor vehicle
Driving on a revoked or suspended licenses
Failing to stop and help a victim of an accident which resulted in death or other personal injury
Unauthorized operation of a commercial vehicle