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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.

The Fate of the Texting While Driving Bill

textingOne of the most followed bills that was making its way through the Florida Legislature was the texting while driving bill which, had it passed, would have “upgraded” texting while driving from a secondary into a primary offense. In its current status as a secondary offense, a driver must be pulled for a different reason such as speeding, for example, before a law enforcement officer could issue him or her a ticket for texting.

If you haven’t already guessed by the usage of past tense in the first paragraph, the texting while driving ultimately failed. While it was under review by the Florida Legislature, the bill would have allowed a law enforcement officer to pull over someone solely for the reason that they were caught texting while driving. Initially, its prospects of passing seemed positive after it successfully made its way through the House and made it through to the Senate. The proposal, however, met its demise in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

With the failure of the texting while driving bill, Florida remains one of just four states where texting while driving remains a secondary offense.

You can read more about bills that failed to pass over at the Orlando Sentinel website:http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-legislature-dead-bills-20180312-story.html.

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 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.

The Massive Rise in Careless Driving Crashes

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Florida is one of the few states in the country with texting while driving laws that, when compared to other states, are unusually lenient. Perhaps, as a result, crashes are seeing a dramatic rise in the Sunshine State, according to a Sun Sentinel article released earlier this month.

While lawmakers continue to debate and iron out the kinks in an effort to create stricter texting while driving legislation, a recent analysis shows more than two million crashes that are typically associated with texting and driving have alarmingly risen. Between 2013 and 2016, accidents jumped by more than ten percent, yet crashes involving careless driving have increased over three times that amount. One of the largest culprits involved in these careless driving accidents is failing to remain in the proper lane followed closely by running stop signs. Improper passing, sideswiping a vehicle traveling in the same direction and ignoring road signs/markings have also jumped.

According to the Sun Sentinel article, texting while driving has gotten so bad, law enforcement officers often mistakenly stop drivers thinking they’re under the influence only to find the driver is sober, albeit preoccupied with their phone.

You can read more at the following link: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-reg-texting-driving-crashes-rise-20180122-story.html.

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 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.

 

New Report Suggests Lowering the DUI Threshold

duiCould more be done to prevent fatalities due to drunk drivers? According to a government-commissioned report released earlier this week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine panel, yes, more can be done indeed. The report suggests a multitude of recommendations, including lowering the legal blood alcohol level threshold from .08 to .05.

Here in Florida, more than 8,000 deaths were caused by drunk drivers between 2003 to 2012, per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, just over two percent of adults in the state reported they operated a vehicle after having had a little too much to drink, compared to the country’s average of 1.9 percent. The panel believes policies and initiatives need to be implemented to tackle and reduce “preventable deaths” while driving.

Other suggestions include a greater amount of sobriety checkpoints and ignition interlock devices for any DUI offender. These breath analyzing devices should be monitored for at least two years for first time offenders and four years for a second offense. In Florida, these devices are already required for individuals convicted of a DUI.

You can read more about the report by visiting the New Report Calls for Lowering Blood Alcohol Concentration Levels for Driving, Increasing Federal and State Alcohol Taxes, Increasing Enforcement, Among Other Recommendations page.

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 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.

Florida Highway Patrol Ramps up Its Patrol

duiWill you be doing any extensive driving for Christmas or New Year’s Eve? Make sure you’re on your best behavior. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will be out in full force keeping a sharp for any signs of drunken or aggressive drivers.

Florida’s already clogged roads will be especially busy as a greater number of locals and tourists venture off to visit notable places across the state, from South Beach to the Orlando attractions like Walt Disney World. Additionally, last minute holiday shoppers will be out in greater number as Christmas Day arrives next week. In fact, AAA expects over 100 million people will be traveling a minimum of fifty miles or more from home during the holidays.

Across the state of Florida, all FHP personnel will be patrolling the major roads and interstates, including personnel responsible for administrative duties. Additionally, FHP troopers will be assisted by auxiliary troopers in their patrol efforts. As always, one of the top priorities will be watching for impaired driving, the laws of which FHP intends to aggressively enforce.

As mentioned before, use a designated driver, a ridesharing service, or AAA Tow-to-Go if you plan on drinking. If you happen to spot a dangerous driver, report them.

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 one of the Miami criminal traffic lawyers today.

Stay Safe on the Road This Holiday Season

finalDestinationToday, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) kicked off its Holiday Travel Campaign aimed at ensuring drivers arrive at their destination alive. The holidays are especially active with travelers and it’s expected that millions of Floridians and tourists will be navigating the roads this month and next month. The DHSMV is joining forces with, among others, the Florida Department of Transportation to promote vehicle safety and driving responsibly.

Beginning this month and continuing throughout December, the DHSMV will make it a point to educate drivers on practicing behaviors promoting safe driving. This includes the importance of driving sober, using safety belts, checking the tires, and Emergency Contact Information registration. There will also be a strong emphasis placed on following speed limits, refraining from distracted driving, and the importance of reporting someone driving dangerously.

Will you be spending several hours on the road this holiday season? Be safe out there. If you need help with a DUI ticket or citation, we are here to help.

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 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.

A Miami Beach Car Charging Company Raises $6 Million

This new year is set to bring many changes in the City of Miami, as the city evolves and grows into a global city. One current development is that a Miami Beach Beach electric car charging firm has recently raised $6 million from institutional shareholders.

The firm is Car Charging, which operates electric vehicle charging stations across the U.S., received $2 million when the deal closed and will be able to receive the rest of the money as they are able to accomplish specific milestones.

This current development is happening as Car Charging is getting ready for further expansion in 2015. According to CEO Michael D. Farkas in a news release, “as we pursue both top line growth and a path to profitability, we intend to maintain a strict focus on managing cash while investing in technology and business development initiatives to address the increasing need for quick, convenient, and cost-effective EV charging services.”

Car Charging Group has its headquarters in Miami Beach and serves as a pioneer in nationwide public electric vehicle charging services, allowing EV drivers to easily recharge at locations all throughout the U.S. The firm also provides residential EV charging for single family homes.

Miami Beach continues to be ever evolving, as well as a center for innovation like that of the work of Car Charging Group. As more electric vehicle charging services pop up, our transportation systems change and develop as well.

As the way we drive and what we drive continues to evolve, we at Hochman & Goldon P.A., providing you with access to a Miami Traffic Ticket Attorney, are always keeping an eye out to stay up to date with these type of changes. To get connected with a Miami Expungement Attorney, contact (305)665-100 or email info@ticketlawfirm.com.