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Do You Believe One of These Ticket Myths?

wlmDid you recently receive a traffic ticket? You may think you fully grasp the situation and what steps to take to avoid mistakes. Yet there are plenty of drivers that still believe some of the myths associated with tickets, and these myths can prove costly if the driver isn’t aware that they are, in fact, a myth.

Ticket errors will result in a dismissal. If a law enforcement officer mistakenly writes information in a field where it’s not supposed to go, this is simply considered a clerical officer and does not mean that the ticket is invalid or can be dismissed. This may differ however if, for example, the officer documents the incorrect vehicle or violation. Having a traffic attorney review your ticket is a good way to avoid any confusion.

The ticket is dismissed if the officer doesn’t show up. This is a common misconception where drivers believe that if the officer who issued the ticket fails to show up in court, the ticket will be dropped. Even if the officer doesn’t make an appearance, it is ultimately up to the judge’s discretion to determine whether or not to drop the ticket.

Signing means you’re guilty. Signing your ticket is simply proof that you are acknowledging receipt of the ticket and does not constitute an admission of guilt. In fact, refusing to sign the ticket may carry additional penalties, including the possibility of being arrested.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic ticket 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 Miami traffic lawyer 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 Paper Ticket Pickle

ticketsOfficerHas it seemed like the number of traffic tickets being given out has gone down? As nice and welcoming as it would be to attribute the reduction in improved driver safety, the reason behind it is rather odd: there isn’t enough paper.

According to a recent Miami Herald article, the Miami-Dade Police Department’s supply of paper ticket books is running low, resulting in fewer traffic tickets being doled out. As to why this is happening, it’s because of a substantial delay in the electronic traffic citation system which allows officers to file tickets to the courts directly from their laptops. The department has yet to order new ticket books and is placing its hopes on its current supply lasting until the system makes its tentative debut next month.

Miami-Dade patrol officers have already been informed that their “Florida Uniform Citation” books should last them until the system has been rolled out across the department. As a result, only the most dangerous of traffic truants are the ones being pulled over, leaving it up to an officer’s discretion as to how to wisely use their limited supply of paper tickets.

The news only reinforces the importance of being vigilant on the roads and refraining from distracted driving. Miami ranks among the country’s worst drivers and the county is home to some of the most dangerous roads in the state. Stay safe!

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 are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami traffic lawyer 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.

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.

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.

 

I-95 Express Becomes a Little Safer

59iIn a previous blog, we discussed the major and extremely dangerous issue on I-95 where drivers suddenly—and illegally—dart into the express lanes from the main highway to avoid traffic bottlenecks. In an effort to try and address the issue while deterring drivers, the state was planning to install additional poles.

Fast forward to 2017 and it appears the effort may be working. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has installed over 30,000 additional orange poles. The number of crashes in the I-95 express lanes has since dropped by nearly a third within the last six months. On top of that, traffic tickets for lane diving have also plummeted by over eighty percent. Lane diving is when a driver runs over the poles to exit or enter the express lanes.

As drivers ran over the poles, the wear and tear on the poles meant FDOT also found itself having to replace thousands of them on a monthly basis. The new highway poles are significantly sturdier and FDOT has also made it a point to convey the message that drivers risk receiving a ticket if they are caught lane diving.

Despite the presence of stronger and additional poles, always be diligent when traveling on the I-95 express lanes.

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 are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami traffic lawyer today.

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.

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 are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami traffic lawyer today.

 

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.

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.

 

Don’t Risk a DUI, Use Ridesharing

unnamedWith plenty of people celebrating the Fourth of July next week, there will be many drivers on the road, including drunk ones, unfortunately. If you’re planning on drinking and don’t think you’ll have a designated driver available to help you get safely home, consider a ridesharing app such as Uber or Lyft so that you arrive home without risking a DUI or something worse.

If you are planning on ridesharing, there are certain rules of etiquette you should follow to make the trip more pleasant for you as well as the Uber or Lyft driver. For starters, don’t call for the ride until you’re ready. Making the driver wait is rude, and if you’re living in an area that may be hard to find, have the courtesy to text them.

Most, if not all Uber and Lyft drivers use their own vehicles to drive passengers around. Be courteous and clean up after yourself. If you eat something, don’t leave crumbs or a bottle behind. If you feel the driver did a good job or was especially courteous, Uber recently began rolling out tipping. Either consider leaving a tip or at the very least give the driver a good star rating for helping you get safely home.

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.

Raining? Don’t Use Your Hazard Lights

elHazardSouth Florida’s rainy season is kicking off soon and that means you may start to see a rather annoying occurrence on the roads: drivers using their hazard lights. In case you didn’t already know, driving with these hazard lights on is considered illegal in Florida, even if it’s raining. Numerous drivers still fail to understand this, thinking that these lights need to be on during a heavy downpour.

Keep this in mind: you’re not doing fellow drivers any favors by driving with your hazard lights on. During a heavy storm, this may actually confuse others by making them think your vehicle is stopped or stalled. Speaking of, it is only when you are, in fact, stopped or stalled or are in an emergency situation that your hazard lights should be on. The only time you can legally drive with the hazard lights on is if you’re part of a funeral procession.

While you may have good intentions by turning on your hazard lights, don’t do it. Not only are you risking the possibility of receiving a ticket for doing something illegal, you’re also unintentionally confusing other drivers and making the roads more dangerous.

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 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.