Every December parents around the country tell their kids to behave, or they will wind up on Santa’s bad list. But, if you are good, your name will appear on the good list and Santa will pay you a visit on Christmas Eve. As adults, we know Santa is not real, but there are certain lists you still want to avoid being on as you grow older. One such list is the habitual traffic offender list, which keeps track of people with too many traffic offenses. If you end up on this list, the chance that the State will take away your driver’s license is great. Thus, it is good to know what qualifies as a habitual traffic offender, so you can be sure to steer clear of taking part in any activity that… Continue reading
When you receive a traffic ticket, one way to minimize the damage done and to receive a lesser sentence and fine is to attend traffic school. Electing to go to traffic school keeps harmful points off of your driving record, which can help you to maintain your driving privileges and keep your insurance rates low. However, there are two important things to take into consideration when you are making the decision to attend driving school, so you should not make the decision without first talking it over with a knowledgeable traffic offense attorney.
Defense to traffic tickets vary with the type of ticket received. For example, if you have received a speeding ticket you will want to challenge the way in which the officer determined your speed. For DUI cases, you should attack the validity of the breath test results by looking at the… Continue reading
Most people are familiar with the term “repeat offender”. The phrase is used to describe a person that commits the same act over and over again. In the context of criminal law, if you continually engage in the same behavior, the law will provide for a more severe punishment each time you are arrested. This is true for violent crimes, as well as more minor offenses such as traffic violations. Staying off the habitual traffic offender list will help you to keep a clean driving record, and can also help you to maintain your driving privileges. So, before you simply pay a traffic ticket and move on, consider the impact having too many tickets on your record can have on things like your insurance rates and your ability to drive.
Here’s what you need to know about the Habitual Traffic Offender law in Florida.… Continue reading
Maintaining a valid driver’s license is something most of take for granted. But the minute your license is in jeopardy, you quickly realize how important it is to fight to keep your driving privileges. There are several ways you might lose your right to drive, being convicted of a DUI is among the most common. But did you know there are other minor offenses that could result in loss of license?
A D6 license suspension may occur for any of the following reasons:
● Failure to pay traffic fines.
● Failure to appear in court on a traffic related ticket or violation.
● Failing to attend or complete court ordered traffic school.
If you have lost your license for any of these reasons, you can apply for reinstatement. It is important to know that simply paying the fine or ticket will not act… 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
Your driving record affects your life in more ways than just your ability to drive. A good record can mean lower insurance rates, and a higher credit score. Drivers with an accumulation of points on their records pay more for insurance and can face suspension of their driving privileges. In a mobile society, the ability to drive is a necessity. Going to and from work, taking the kids to Church and school, and being able to visit family and friends are all a part of well-rounded, happy life. Safeguard your right to drive by contacting one of the attorneys at Ferraro Law Group specializing in traffic violations.
Information about points on your driving record can obtained from the Florida Department of Highway and Safety and Motor Vehicles. For example:
● Various driving offenses are assigned a certain point value
● Once a certain number… Continue reading
The difference between a misdemeanor and a felony may not cross your mind, until you have been arrested. For people facing criminal charges, the distinction between the two types of cases means significant differences in possible jail time and amount of fines due to be paid. Jail time associated with a felony charge is generally greater than the amount of fail time associated with misdemeanor charges. However, a misdemeanor conviction still has lasting effects. The lawyers at Ferraro Law Group are versed in all types of crimes, and believes no case should be ignored. Even small cases such as traffic violations deserve attention. Our strategy is to develop several defenses, so you have choices and can make a decision that is best for your circumstance and that fits the specific and unique facts of your case.
The amount of jail time is the biggest… Continue reading
In case you didn’t know, it is a traffic law infraction to cross a sidewalk without stopping first with all four tires when leaving a parking lot – even if there is no stop sign. This traffic law is a civil infraction, which means you can’t go to jail for it, but you can be fined. And, it is a reason for an officer to pull you over and investigate whether he thinks anything fishy is going on.
Just last week here in Martin County, a local DUI and traffic law judge sentenced a man to a $500 penalty for crossing a sidewalk without stopping first. It was late at night and there was no vehicle or pedestrian traffic on… Continue reading