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The 411 on Red Light Camera Tickets

redLightHere’s an interesting fact about Florida’s red light statute: the way that it’s enforced is not universal. Indeed, enforcement may vary depending on which city or county you happen to be in and how someone who has been ticketed goes about a resolution.

Much like speed traps, red light cameras provide a considerable amount of revenue for not only the city but also the state. These tickets result in thousands of drivers having their licenses suspended every year. What’s more, close to forty percent of these suspensions happen right here in South Florida, in Miami-Dade County to be specific according to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).

Recently, a judge suspended the licenses of more than ten Florida drivers who failed to pay the violation and also failed to show up to court once the violation became a Uniform Traffic Violation. Many drivers remain unaware of the tickets until it’s too late and they discover they’ve had their licenses suspended.

Per the DHSMV, over a million people received red-light camera violation notices in 2016. By the end of the year, over 300,00 of them were listed as unpaid. If the violation remains unpaid, it becomes a traffic citation, which does not carry any points but will appear on a driver’s record.

Do you have questions about red light camera tickets? Give us a call.

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Small Changes on I-97 Yield Major Results

i95For those of you traveling northbound on I-95 in Broward County, you’re going to notice a welcome change. To the surprise of just about everyone who has ever traveled through there, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has gone ahead and switched up the traffic pattern just north of Sheridan Street.

When the FDOT added express lanes in the county, it resulted in a merge on Griffin Road. Unfortunately, this merge meant that any driver traveling in one of the fast lanes would be caught by surprise, forcing them to merge to the right and slow down. This sudden slowdown could cause confusion while also causing significant traffic backups, bottlenecks, and accidents. In fact, ever since the merge was implemented last year, crashes in that particular area ended up doubling.

Since the new traffic pattern was implemented a month ago, the number of accidents has decreased dramatically compared to 2016, by more than eighty percent in fact. The traffic snarl is pretty much entirely gone, improving a driver’s commute by about ten to fifteen minutes. These minutes are invaluable during the rush hour commute.

Do you frequently travel in or near the Broward County I-95 express lanes? If so, what do you think of the new changes?

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.

What Exactly Is an Expungement?

expungeOne of the things we specialize in is expungement, but have you wondered what that even is? Let’s say you’re arrested but end up having your charges dropped. In such a scenario, you may have the option of having your record expunged. This can be applied to the majority of crimes provided you’ve never been adjudicated guilty of a crime or have had your record expunged previously. A record expungement carries a lot of weight because even if your charges are dropped by the state, the arrest itself will still show up on your record. With an expungement, you’re legally allowed to deny that you were ever arrested.

Should you run into a scenario where you’re found guilty of a crime or enter a plea and the judge chooses to withhold adjudication of guilt, or if you’re acquitted after a jury trial, things change. In this situation, you’ll be eligible for a record seal as opposed to an expungement. This will allow you to legally deny that you were arrested, but only to the public at large. Certain parties such as law enforcement may still be able to access your criminal record. With a record seal, the majority of employers won’t be able to learn about your criminal record.

If you have questions about having your record expunged, give us a call!

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 Miami expungement attorney.

Drive Safe During Prom Celebrations

promThis month, a number of high school students will be participating in the rite of passage known as prom. This means numerous teenagers will be out on the roads, and there are strong odds most of them will be using their smartphones to snap selfies and pictures of their experience. Since May is National Teen Safe Driving Month, it’s important that teenage drivers remember to focus their attention on the road, and not on their mobile device.

Research alarmingly shows many drivers are distracting themselves by taking selfies, sharing photos and videos on Instagram, and in some cases even video chatting while they’re driving. To avoid the odds of becoming a statistic, consider some of the following tips.

Sharing is caring, and one way to encourage friends not to drive distracted is to tag your pictures and videos with the hashtag #TagYourHalf. Research indicates that peer pressure may influence someone to stop using their phone while driving. The hashtag is a way of encouraging someone close to you such as a best friend from doing something they shouldn’t.

Consider using an app with a driving mode feature. AT&T has an app called DriveMode that is available to Android and iPhone users regardless of what carrier they’re on. The app will silence phone calls and alerts to lessen distractions. It is also intelligent enough to determine when a driver is stopped or the vehicle is in motion.

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 Miami expungement attorney.

 

A DUI Conviction Will Follow You Around

duiConvictionThere is absolutely no reason why you should be receiving multiple DUI convictions. None. However, if for whatever reason you do have several, you may be curious about some things. For instance, what happens if you decide to move to another state?

To prevent any surprises, you should be aware that there is a risk of being denied a driver’s license in your new home state. You may be wondering why. Let’s say that because of your convictions, your license is currently being suspended for a certain amount of time. Despite moving to another state, the DMV will be aware of your conviction. How? It’s all because of a national registry where each state’s DMV shares information regarding its drivers. In other words, you’ll still need to resolve your Florida license suspension before you’ll receive your Georgia license, for example.

For those that have committed multiple offenses but have the option of a hardship permit, these people will need to enroll in Florida’s supervisory program. This program mandates that an ignition interlock device is installed in the vehicle. The driver will also be required to attend a monthly DMV interview based on the same length of the suspension. Put differently, you’re free to move to Georgia, but you’ll still be required to head back down to Florida every month.

Should you have any questions, consult an experienced Florida DUI attorney.

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Is the End of Red Light Cameras in Sight?

redLightIn 2020, drivers running red lights may no longer have to deal with the threat of red light cameras after the Florida House voted to ban it throughout the state. The bill will now be placed into the hands of the Senate.

Boynton Beach was the one remaining city in Palm Beach County to have red light cameras, which were phased out last year. In Broward County, Tamarac, Davie, Sunrise, and West Park continue to operate red light cameras. Over in Miami-Dade, just over fifteen cities still use the cameras.

Back in 2014, a state appeals court deemed the red light camera law unconstitutional, spurring a number of municipalities throughout Florida to end their programs. However, a separate appeals court ruled in favor of the cameras, which means the law may ultimately end up in the hands of the Florida Supreme Court.

The red light camera issue remains contentious among Florida politicians, with some citing the increased amount of rear-ending accidents that have only resulted in a negative fiscal impact. However, others point to its money saving benefits in scenarios where the cameras are much more cost effective versus having to hire additional police officers.

How do you feel about the red light camera program?

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 Miami expungement attorney.

Florida’s Risky Roads for Motorcycles

motorcycleThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released statistics that once again paint a grim picture for Florida’s many drivers. These statistics show that “The Sunshine State” has the greatest number of fatal motorcycle crashes in the entire country.

Back in 2015, there were just over 600 motorcycle crash fatalities and more than 9,000 crashes resulting in injury. According to the statistics, fatalities increased by more than 25% compared from 2014 to 2015. On top of that, Miami-Dade County came in at number one for the greatest number of fatalities, followed by Hillsborough County and Broward County, with 48 and 42 deaths, respectively.

Motorcycle drivers believe a major reason for the sharp increase is distracted drivers being unaware of their surroundings. The NHTSA strongly suggests that drivers not only respect motorcycles but also allow them sufficient room. Perhaps most importantly, drivers should always keep their eyes on the road. The NHTSA also urges motorcyclists to wear protective gear to improve their safety, including helmets. Since 2000, Florida law does not legally require motorcyclists to wear helmets if they are over the age of 21.

Do you drive a motorcycle? If so, how safe do you feel when you’re on the busy South Florida roads? Have you ever had any close calls?

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 Miami expungement attorney.

Lawmakers Propose Even Tougher Laws for Drunk Drivers

371926732With drunk drivers continuing to plague the Florida roadways and increasing the risk of an accident, lawmakers are constantly trying to devise new ways to curb the problem. The latest measure being proposed by lawmakers would require first-time DUI offenders to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle.

Called House Bill 949 (HB 949), the bill would require the device to be installed after the very first driving under the influence conviction. Lawmakers are also looking to make changes to SB 918, which would require the ignition interlock device for any drunk driver.

Currently, ignition interlock devices are only installed after the driver’s second offense, if it’s ordered by a judge, or if the driver has a content level of .15 or above. A second offense requires the device to be installed for a year, while four or more convictions extend that requirement to a minimum of five years.

Ignition interlock devices work by preventing a vehicle from starting by forcing the driver to blow into the device measuring his or her breath-alcohol content (BrAC). The vehicle will only start if the BrAC is below the legal limit, which is .08.

Supporters of HB 949 believe the bill could save lives. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 800 people died in drunk driving crashes in Florida in 2015. The CDC says ignition interlock devices reduce repeat drunk driving offenses by more than 60%.

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. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

Even Older Drivers Take Road Risks

driverDUIYoung drivers tend to receive the brunt of the blame and criticism when it comes to behaving badly on the roads, but a recent study suggests they are not alone. In fact, more than half of drivers in all age groups have texted while driving, driven over the speed limit, or have run a red light.

Young drivers remain the worst offenders. Over 75 percent of drivers between the ages of 19 to 24 admitted to committing one of those aforementioned driving no-nos, but older drivers were also at fault. Ten percent of drivers between age 60 and 74 admitted they texted while more than 30 percent of drivers over the age of 75 took the risk of running a red light. The responses to the survey suggest a concerning trend.

In 2015, traffic-related deaths increased by 7 percent to 35,092. That number indicates the largest increase in over four decades and it’s expected that it will further increase once the numbers for 2016 are released.

There is some positive news to report from the study. Nearly 90 percent of respondents said they have never driven when they thought they may have been too inebriated, while more than 90 percent also said they had not driven within an hour of using marijuana. Over 80 percent believe it’s unacceptable not to drive with a seatbelt on, while just over 80 percent support initiatives to make helmets a requirement when riding a motorcycle.

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. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

Florida Lawmakers Zero in on Texting While Driving

textingDrivingIt’s alarmingly common to see South Florida drivers attempting to text while driving, a common reason for crashes. In an effort to try and put a stop to it, Florida lawmakers are once again seeking to devise a solution.

Senate Bill 144 (SB 144) would change texting and driving from a secondary to a primary offense if the driver is under the age 18. Since it is currently a secondary offense for all drivers, a law enforcement officer cannot issue a ticket to the driver unless he or she is being pulled over for doing something else illegally. SB 144 would change these laws, and there is also a proposed bill aimed at making texting while driving in a school zone a primary offense.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported over 4,300 crashes in 2015 that were caused by distracted driving, and that’s in Miami-Dade County alone. In Broward County, more than 3,500 crashes involved distracted driving. Florida is one of only five states where distracted driving does not have primary enforcement.

Do you think SB 144 is a step in the right direction in fighting the texting while driving situation? Maybe you’re one of those people wondering why it isn’t already a primary offense. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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