Category Archives: Miami Traffic Lawyers

Be Safe on the Roads This Thanksgiving

driverThanksgiving is next week, which means there will be a greater amount of holiday travelers on the road and therefore greater risks. As part of its Arrive Alive campaign, the Florida Highway Patrol is reminding drivers about a few simple steps they can take to make the roads safer for themselves and fellow drivers.

Drive sober. Consuming alcohol will impair just about all of the skills necessary for someone to drive safely, including reaction time, vision, the ability to concentrate, and using proper judgment. If you do plan on drinking, make arrangements beforehand to ensure you have a designated driver or a safe means of getting home such as a ridesharing service like Uber. Depending on where you live and the day, you may also consider Tow to Go by AAA.

Examine your tires. Tires are your vehicle’s first line of defense. Make sure the pressure is correct and the depth of the tread is still good. It wouldn’t hurt to also have a spare tire.

Make sure your ECI information is up-to-date. Emergency Contact Information (ECI) is a system utilized by law enforcement across the country to contact your designated friends or family members in the event of an emergency situation.

Remember that if you spot someone driving dangerously or erratically on the road you can call *FHP (*347) to report them.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a professional about fighting your Miami civil traffic tickets.

Will Texting While Driving Become a Primary Offense?

twdThere’s been a lot of talk in turning texting while driving into a primary offense here in Florida. Once again, a bill is being evaluated aimed at doing just that. Should the bill become law during the next legislative session, drivers could be ticketed and fined. For the time being, texting while driving remains a secondary offense which means drivers aren’t cited unless they’re stopped for another reason such as speeding.

As a means of illustrating the dangers of texting while driving, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) assembled a group of teenagers, asking them to participate in a simulation involving a distracted driving scenario. In a concerning result, every teenager that participated ended up failing the simulation, “crashing” while looking at their phone.

Crashes remain the top cause of death among teenagers in the United States. Per AAA, over half of the crashes involved distracted driving, such as using a smartphone or interactions with a passenger. The FDOT has been paying visits to local schools to raise awareness of the issue. Lawmakers are also looking to enforce tougher texting while driving laws.

Several states already make texting while driving a primary offense while some have gone as far as outlawing talking on the phone while driving.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic ticket lawyer team of team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami speeding ticket lawyer today.

Diverging Diamond May Ease South Florida’s Traffic Woes

choferCould the days of being trapped under overpasses, intersection blockages, or having to wait for several red light cycles to make a left soon come to an end? With Florida’s ambitious new Diverging Diamond, they may indeed. The state is getting ready to debut this new traffic pattern on certain expressways which requires drivers to drive on the “wrong” side of the road.

When a driver approaches, he or she will stop at a traffic light and then follow marked crossover lanes to the left, potentially creating an illusion of driving on the wrong side of the road. The driver would then be able to make a left turn onto an expressway or he or she would be able to simply continue forward until the lanes eventually lead the driver back to the right or “correct” side of the road. Traffic coming from the opposite direction would also experience the same scenario.

The Federal Highway Administration believes the Diverging Diamond Interchange is a faster and safer solution, but it also raises concerns. There is a possibility drivers may become confused or they may accidentally turn the wrong way at a crossover point.

A public awareness campaign aimed at introducing South Florida drivers to the Diverging Diamond Interchange traffic patterns is set to debut near the Dolphin Expressway is being planned for January of next year.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a professional about fighting your Miami civil traffic tickets.

 

What You Should and Shouldn’t Do If You Get Pulled Over

doNotPassGoWe hope you never find yourself in a situation where you get pulled over by a law enforcement officer. However, should the situation arise then there are several things you should and should not do.

Making excuses and begging. You were pulled over for a reason, so do not make excuses. Always maintain politeness with the officer and make yourself as unmemorable as possible so that if you do indeed go to court, the officer doesn’t have additional reasons to potentially use against you.

Do not admit guilt. If the officer asks you the routine question as to why he or she pulled you over, politely tell them you don’t. Neither admit nor deny it. If you respond with the reason you were pulled over (i.e.: you ran the stop sign), that may be used as a confession and the officer may, therefore, note it on your traffic ticket, should you receive one.

Do sign the ticket. Once the officer writes the ticket, there is a possibility he or she may ask you to sign it. Signing the ticket is not an admission of guilt. Instead, you’re simply stating that the ticket has been received. Should you refuse to sign the ticket, you may be arrested. By signing the ticket, the Court ensures you cannot say that the ticket was never given to you.

If you’ve received a traffic ticket, we may be able to help! Give us a call today.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic attorney team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a red light camera violation attorney today.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Florida Court Rules to Forgo the Felony

feloniousThe Boston Globe recently published an interesting article discussing a Tallahassee, Florida case involving driver’s licenses. Under normal circumstances, repeatedly driving with a license that’s been revoked will result in potential felony charges here in the state of Florida. However, it seems that may not be the case if the person behind the wheel never bothered to obtain a driver’s license in the first place.

Recently, the Florida Supreme Court ruled a driver cannot be penalized for repeatedly violating traffic laws if the driver never obtained his or her license. State lawyers believe this argument makes little sense.

The case involves a man who faced up to five years in prison after allegedly and repeatedly violating a law that makes it a third-degree felony should the driver be caught at least three times or more driving a motor vehicle with a license that’s been suspended or revoked. It turns out that the man never obtained a license. Hence, the unusual scenario is not covered in the law. Instead, the man will likely be charged a second-degree misdemeanor for each infraction.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic ticket lawyer team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with one of the Miami criminal traffic lawyers today.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Miami’s Deadly Roads

muerteOn top of having some of the country’s worst drivers, Miami has earned yet another dubious distinction. Per a recent study, the city is also home to Florida’s deadliest road. That road is the nearly four-mile stretch encompassing the I-95 Express Toll beginning at Little River to the Golden Glades Interchange. Over 25 fatalities have occurred on this relatively small patch.

The reasons for the alarming number of fatalities on the road may have something to do with a major I-95 Express Lane problem: lane divers. Especially during traffic gridlock, drivers will illegally attempt to cross the delineators into the express lanes, creating a dangerous situation. The Florida Department of Transportation has taken steps to try and address the situation by making the gaps between the cones narrower, but there are still drivers willing to knock them down. The situation is severe enough there are bills being proposed to get rid of express lanes entirely.

Miami also has another pair of deadly roads and one of them is, once again, I-95. In this case, it’s a 7.88-mile stretch along the area of North Miami.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

 

DUI Injuries on the Decline

uberThere is some good news to report for once regarding DUI-related deaths and injuries. Thanks to the ever-increasing prevalence of ridesharing, these deaths and injuries are seeing welcoming declines here in the state of Florida.

While it’s hard to pinpoint one particular reason for the decline, the downward trend does seem to correlate with the rise of services like Uber and Lyft which are now commonplace and highly relied upon by numerous Floridians. Additionally, there are ongoing efforts to educate young drivers on the dangers of driving under the influence. Florida has also made it a priority to concentrate on DUI enforcement. Collectively, these factors go a tremendously long way in making Florida’s treacherous roads a little safer for everyone.

While Uber and Lyft remain the kings of ridesharing, there are additional ways to potentially navigate the roads a little safer or at least save some money. The popular GPS navigation app Waze recently launched a new carpool service appropriately called Waze Carpool. Intended for commuting to and from work, users enter their destination which then shows if there are any other people headed in the same direction. If you find a driver that works near you, you can carpool for a reasonable fare. Do keep in mind that unlike Lyft and Uber, these drivers are not background checked.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic ticket lawyer team of team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami speeding ticket lawyer today.

 

When Will Tolls Be Reinstated?

phantomTollboothIt’s been nearly two weeks since Florida Governor Rick Scott decided to halt tolls to expedite Hurricane Irma evacuation efforts. Now that the storm has come and gone, the question many drivers may be wondering is, when will the tolls kick in again? For the time being, state officials do not have a concrete answer to that question as the ultimate decision lies with the governor. Rick Scott suspended tolls “for the duration of the storm’s impacts to Florida.”

The Hurricane Irma evacuation made history as Florida’s largest ever. The toll lifting probably did residents a tremendous favor in giving them a break prior to, during, and even after the storm as many Floridians deal with the hurricane aftermath such as a lack of power.

On a typical day, Florida charges tolls on the turnpike. The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) also oversees toll charges on five of the expressways including the Dolphin Expressway (SR 836) and the Gratigny Parkway (SR 924). MDX is currently awaiting word from the governor before reinstating tolls on the roadways it oversees. These roads are among the most traveled in the county.

Drivers that may have seen the strobe lights that normally flash when passing through a toll should also rest assured that no tolls were/are being charged. The lights are simply for post-hurricane damage testing purposes.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a professional about fighting your Miami civil traffic tickets.

Do You Know the Laws Regarding Cannabis DUI?

cannabisFor drivers concerned about what the laws are in their state regarding cannabis, each one has its own distinct laws. However, many states may consider having any level of THC in a driver’s bloodstream to be driving under the influence.

Here in Florida, a person who chooses to drive in the state has implied consent to a blood or urine test. Should a driver refuse to submit to the test, it could be considered a misdemeanor and is punishable by having the license suspended for a year as well as spending a year in jail. A subsequent refusal could result in a driver’s license being revoked for up to eighteen months.

There are certain penalties that apply based on the offense. A first offense means the driver may spend up to six months in jail, among other penalties. A second conviction carries a possible maximum of nine months in jail plus additional penalties if it is within five years since the first offense. The person will also be required to spend ten days in prison. A third offense within ten years is considered a third degree felony and carries a mandatory imprisonment of at least thirty days or up to five years. In addition to fines, the driver may also have their license suspended for ten years. Fourth and subsequent offenses will result in fines of no less than $5,000, prison time, and the driver having their license permanently suspended.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Major Changes Coming to the Miami-Dade Courts

deathRowWill you be heading to the courthouse to take care of business such as paying your traffic ticket in person? If so, you may want to be aware of some significant changes that might not agree with your schedule if time is limited.

Beginning on the 8th, the Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts office will be eschewing its staff front counters at several courthouse branches throughout the county, including Coral Gables, the northern Dade area, and more. In other words, should you need to take care of something, you’ll probably have to visit the main justice building located in the downtown area of Miami. Because of these new rules, it may be a good idea to take into account the likely possibility of long lines and wait times before visiting. Also keep in mind that the courthouse will remain open from 9:30 am to 3 pm.

On top of the closings, live phone clerks will not be available. Any business that you need to do through a phone will require the use of the automated phone system. You may also use online resources.

We may be able to assist with obtaining certain documents such as copies of your traffic ticket or clearance forms you may need. Give us a call, perhaps we can help!

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic ticket lawyer team of team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami speeding ticket lawyer today.