Florida Highway Patrol Launches TACT Campaign

need4speedSouth Florida drivers planning on speeding or possibly cutting off a fellow driver may want to think again about their decision. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) recently kicked off a campaign aimed at making the streets of South Florida a little safer for everyone. This campaign also involves giving drivers a bit of education when driving aggressively near large commercial motor vehicles such as trucks.

Called TACT (Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks), FHP troopers will be ticketing drivers including truck drivers displaying aggressive driving behavior. This behavior may include driving or following too closely behind another driver, failing to make safe lane changes by not using signals or speeding. The campaign kicked off on the 11th of this month and will remain in effect until the 24th.

In other news, crashes due to distracted driving are up around the country by more than eight percent. Along with speeding and drunk driving, distracted driving remains one of the top causes of fatal traffic accidents. Per the National Safety Council, close to two million people suffered accident injuries during the first six months of 2017.

As always, stay safe and diligent when you’re on the South Florida roads and put aside your texting until you’ve reached your destination.

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Florida Has Strict DUI Penalties

iudDriving while under the influence is never a wise decision, and that is especially true in the state of Florida. A DUI is not only a major risk for the driver, it also puts the lives of fellow drivers at stake. A recent study shows that Florida is among the top twenty states when it comes to the strictest penalties involving DUI.

In 2015, nearly thirty percent of motor vehicle accidents were caused because of a drunk driver per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Thousands of lives are lost each year, and Americans are forced to shell out over $40 billion annually. However, these fatalities have seen a considerable drop of more than fifty percent if we take a look at the period between 1982 to 2014. This sharp drop could be attributed to drunk driving penalties that are significantly harsher.

Florida does not have a specified amount of jail time for drivers committing a first time DUI offense. A second offense does carry the possibility of spending at least ten days in jail, and a third offense will result in an automatic penalty. After a DUI, a Florida driver risks having their license suspended for 180 days and their vehicle may also be impounded, along with a fine of $500 for an initial conviction. A second conviction carries an even higher fine of $1,000. There is also a strong possibility of car insurance increasing by as much as forty percent.

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Red Light Cameras Return in Two South Florida Cities

luzRojaRed light camera programs are slowly being phased out, but a pair of cities in South Florida are seeking to do otherwise. Pembroke Pines is launching its program back up and will begin to issue tickets again on the 25th of the month. Boynton Beach also voted recently to turn the cameras on its red lights back on.

The two aforementioned cities join other Broward County municipalities such as Sunrise, Davie, and Tamarac as well as sixteen cities in Miami-Dade that continue to operate red light camera systems. Drivers that are caught running a red light may be fined $158. If the violation goes unpaid after sixty days, the traffic ticket fine will increase to $250, a fine that can be disputed in court.

While public safety is the reason for their use, the results of a 2016 report by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles revealed that intersection accidents where red light cameras were present increased by ten percent compared to 2015. On the other hand, accidents involving pedestrians decreased by nearly twenty percent.

Nearly 800 cameras were in use in 2015. but that number came down significantly to 688 the following year. Despite the drop, citations increased to over a million.

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Florida Driver Licenses Receive Major Makeover

newLicenseToday may end up being one of the few remaining days before Florida’s driver’s licenses receive a major facelift. Beginning in August, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will begin issuing licenses and ID cards intended to provide better security.

While the primary goal may be security related, the license changes are also cosmetic. The front of the card will feature the state seal in a new pastel color and the state acronym over a plain white base. Flipping the card around, the back will have an image of Florida resting along the waves of the ocean and the year 1845, signifying when Florida entered the union as the 27th state. As for the driver’s portrait, the background will be transparent and it will appear in four different spots on the ID.

The new license design boasts close to double the protection against fraud compared to the existing design, including the use of ultraviolet (UV) ink.

Florida drivers with a current or recently renewed license won’t have to upgrade to the new design unless it is about to expire or they need to change their name and address. The rollout is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

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What You Should Do If Charged with a DUI

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You definitely want to get in touch with a traffic attorney before proceeding any further. The following steps can also help with reducing the stress.

Make a note of the events. Your lawyer will need to know what happened from your perspective, and it’s easy to forget some of the details as the days go by. Having it written down will not only help to keep it fresh in your memory, it will also make it easier when the time comes to discuss your case with your lawyer.

Keep all documentation organized and readily available. From your traffic citation to any police reports or related receipts you may have, these can all prove to be vital tools for your lawyer in helping to build a solid defense.

Stay off social media. Remember that anything you post on social media could be used against you. With so many people willing to share details of their personal lives, any pictures or posts may end up as evidence to disprove your defense.

Drive safely. In other words, be responsible and don’t risk another DUI arrest while your current case is pending. Another arrest will not only result in a revocation of your pre-trial release on your pending case, it may also result in further penalties including time in jail.

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Professional Drivers Should Always Have a Traffic Attorney

479364964Receiving a traffic ticket may not seem like a major issue, but it can be particularly troublesome for drivers that operate motor vehicles as a career. Hence, it is imperative that you never ignore a traffic ticket or citation when you receive one. Doing so could result in major consequences, including assumed guilt or even having your CDL license temporarily or permanently suspended.

If you drive a truck professionally, any violation(s) you commit can have serious implications against your driving record because you are held to a higher standard in a sense. CDL licenses should be protected at all costs, and that means having an experienced traffic attorney to help you with that seemingly minor ticket offense. In other words, any traffic ticket you receive could become a major problem in your career if you don’t address it properly.

It’s also important to keep in mind that as a professional driver, you must also deal with state specific laws. Once you’ve established a relationship with your traffic attorney, you’ll have an invaluable resource to make sure that you can focus on your job driving to and from your various destinations.

If you have questions about your traffic ticket, we’re here to help you resolve.

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What Affects Your BAC?

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For those that aren’t already aware, Florida’s blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is .08. Many drivers may not be aware what it takes to reach that limit. While factors such as gender and weight do play a role, there is much more to it than that.

How strong your drink is. Let’s say you and your friend decided to toast with a twelve-ounce beer. You should be okay to get behind the wheel, right? Incorrect. Your friend decided to chug down a “light” beer with about 4.2% of alcohol while your drink consisted of about 15%. In this scenario, your friend should probably be the designated driver.

What you eat. We all know that consuming alcohol on an empty stomach is not a good idea, but have you ever wondered why? The food you consume helps with slowing down the rate at which the alcohol is absorbed into your blood. Hence, your odds of becoming inebriated or drunk are reduced.

How much time you spend drinking. While you’re busy consuming alcohol, your body is simultaneously absorbing it and eliminating it. Thus, if you pace your drinking over a longer period of time, your body is better equipped to eliminate the alcohol as it’s being absorbed, which can help with keeping your BAC levels in check.

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The Cost of a DUI Conviction

ycnaduyYou’re probably aware that if you are arrested or convicted of a DUI, you may have to deal with several costs associated with fines, court costs, potential attorney fees, and perhaps even the costs associated with jail time. While these are common, there is a tendency to forget about that other major cost: your car insurance.

Should you be convicted of a DUI, you can expect your car insurance rates to potentially skyrocket, assuming your insurer doesn’t outright cancel your policy. These costs may end up being more expensive than your lawyer or attorney fees.

Being convicted of a DUI means the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles will deem you a “high risk” driver and you will be required to provide something called an “FR-44” a certification from your car insurance provider. With this certification, a driver convicted of a DUI would pay significantly more for their policy due to the higher coverage, and they will be required to maintain this coverage for a minimum of three years. If you already pay high insurance rates, it’s one more reason to be responsible and drive sober.

If you’re facing a possible DUI conviction, give us a call to discuss your case and the options available to you.

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Can Your Record Be Sealed or Expunged?

recordIf you are arrested because of a Florida DUI or a different charge, you may be concerned about the long-term ramifications and whether it will follow you around for the rest of your life. There is a possibility you may be able to have your record sealed or even expunged, provided you have never been found and/or adjudicated guilty due to a misdemeanor or felony.

A DUI expungement will depend on several factors, including whether or not your case resulted in one of the following:

  • Non-file
    • The state chose not to file formal charges.
  • Nolle prosequi
    • The state dropped the charges after they were filed.
  • Not guilty verdict

Should your DUI case result in something other than a non-file, nolle prosequi, or a not guilty verdict, but your case ended with a finding of guilt whereafter the court withheld adjudication, there is still the possibility of having your record sealed. However, your eligibility may change if you have had a previous arrest record sealed and have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor.

If you’d like to look into possibly having your record sealed or expunged, the experienced team at Hochman & Goldin is here to help.

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Avoid These DUI Mistakes

duiBeing pulled over for allegedly driving under the influence can cause a tremendous amount of stress. Being responsible and knowing what to do and what not to do can potentially save you from a world of stress. Make sure you don’t fall into the trap of making these DUI mistakes.

Don’t assume guilt. Even if the test shows you’re over the legal limit, refrain from assuming you’re guilty. There have been scenarios and situations where a breath or blood test could be considered inadmissible evidence. Should that happen, a jury would remain unaware of anything related to your breath or blood alcohol content. Even if the evidence is, in fact, admissible, there is no surefire guarantee of reliability or accuracy.

Don’t say too much. Attempting to talk your way out of a DUI charge may do more harm than good. You have the right not to speak to the law enforcement officer, but it will likely result in an arrest. If an officer asks you to get out of the vehicle because they suspect you’re driving under the influence, do as they ask. Consider limiting your responses to a polite yes or no and inform them that you would rather refrain from answering any specific questions.

Don’t drive against restriction. If you’ve been arrested because of a DUI, you’ll be able to drive without restriction for ten days provided you have the Uniform DUI citation while you operate the vehicle and have a valid license. After ten days you’ll be required to have a business purpose license issued by the DMV. Being caught driving without this permit will only exacerbate your problems.

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