Long-Term Consequences of a DUI in Florida

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One of the first questions people ask themselves following a driving while intoxicated (DUI) arrest is how much it will cost them. However, there are a variety of long-term effects of a DUI that go beyond financial worries. These long-term consequences of a DUI include: 

Jail Time

You could spend up to six months in jail, though the majority of first-time offenders do not. For repeat offenders or DUIs that result in harm or death, the potential penalty rises.

Employment

After a DUI, both your current and future employment are at stake. Your employer has the right to fire you after a DUI arrest since Florida is an at-will employment state. Additionally, your chances of finding work in the future will be hampered because the majority of businesses demand that applicants submit to background checks.

Professional Licenses

If you have a DUI conviction, some professional licenses may be revoked or rejected, which will hinder you from working in your preferred field.

Education

Any type of criminal conviction, including a DUI, may cause many institutions to reject applicants.

Housing

Background checks are frequently required of potential tenants by landlords and property management organizations, which could result in your application being rejected.

Child Custody

In conflicts over child custody, a DUI conviction may be used against you.

When looking at the cost of a Florida DUI, these additional consequences should be taken into account as they represent potential losses you stand to suffer.

 

If you have a traffic ticket you would like to fight, such as a speeding ticket, contact a Miami traffic attorney. If you have reason to believe you unfairly received a red light ticket, contact a red light camera violation attorney.

Why Fight Traffic Tickets in Florida?

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Everyone who lives and drives in Florida is bound to receive a Florida traffic ticket at some point in their lives. Because traffic violations happen so frequently and most don’t result in a criminal record, people sometimes forget that paying the ticket isn’t necessarily the best option. A traffic violation can end up costing individuals who pay it a lot more money in the long run than if they had contested it. Here are two reasons why you should consider fighting your next traffic ticket.

Insurance Premium Increase

People tend to forget that each ticket has an associated point value. The more points you receive for a traffic violation on your driving record, the higher your insurance premiums will be. Each ticket will result in 3-6 points being added to your driving record. That implies a single ticket can add up to $300 to your annual premium or 20 percent to your insurance costs. Many individuals ignore that type of money because it is distributed over the course of a year, but it adds up to nearly $1000 over three years and $1,500 over five years.

License Revoked

With enough points, the state of Florida will eventually confiscate your license. 12 points is all it takes to lose your driver’s license. Many individuals have the misconception that getting 12 points on your driver’s license record is difficult. When you consider that numerous tickets can be written in a single stop, it isn’t. Speeding is punishable by four points. Driving over the speed limit while making quick or inappropriate lane changes because you’re late for work might result in an additional 3 points, 4 points for reckless driving. You can easily rack up 11 points in a single stop, and all it takes is a single failure to stop completely at a stop sign within a year to lose your license.

If you have a traffic ticket you would like to fight, such as a speeding ticket, contact a Miami traffic attorney. If you have reason to believe you unfairly received a red light ticket, contact a red light camera violation attorney.

Florida’s Suspended Driver’s License Penalties

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If you drive while your license is suspended, you could face fines and possibly jail time, with escalating penalties for repeat offenders. The length of the driver’s license suspension is determined by the severity of the traffic infraction. For certain infractions, your license could be suspended for a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of 1 year, or revoked for a minimum of 5 years and up to a permanent revocation. Driving while your license is suspended is a criminal crime that can result in a misdemeanor or possibly a felony depending on the circumstances.

If you are caught driving while your license is suspended in Florida, you should consider contacting an experienced Miami traffic ticket lawyer who is aware of the laws and arguments. Drivers with suspended licenses may be eligible for limited or “hardship” licenses in specific circumstances. They can drive while their license is suspended if they have this form of license. They are, however, banned from driving in specific areas and at certain times of the day with this license.

Driving With A Suspended License In Florida Has The Following Consequences:

  • Your first offense could be a second-degree misdemeanor, carrying a maximum fine of $500 and a possible sentence of up to 60 days in jail.
  • A second conviction might result in a first-degree misdemeanor, which carries a maximum fine of $1,000 and a possible sentence of up to one year in jail.
  • A third or subsequent conviction might result in a third-degree felony, punishable by a $5,000 fine or up to five years in jail. Furthermore, a conviction for driving while license is suspended may result in additional suspension or revocation of your license.

Questions about other traffic violations? Contact a red light camera violation attorney.

Tips for Driving Safely in the Florida Rain

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Summer has arrived, and while it brings lots of sunshine to the “Sunshine State,” it also carries with it the threat of unexpected violent rainstorms, tropical storms, and hurricanes. Driving in heavy rain or high winds increases the risk of a dangerous situation for you, your family, and other drivers on the road.

Here are five rainy season safety tips to keep you safe:

Slow Down

Speed restrictions are based on ideal driving conditions, and rainy conditions are not ideal. The only way to prevent hydroplaning is to reduce your vehicle’s speed. One of the most hazardous times to drive is just after it begins to rain, because oils on the road create slick conditions. When it is pouring, waiting a few minutes before hurrying to your destination may be the safest course of action.

Increase the Distance Between Cars

You’ll need to allow yourself extra time to brake if you have less traction. You can’t expect to stop in the same amount of space as you would on a dry road if the car in front of you suddenly stops.

Turn Your Headlights On

Other cars will be able to see you better thanks to your headlights. While many cars have daytime running lights, it is critical to switch on your headlights during a rainfall so that your tail lights are also turned on, ensuring that you are visible from all sides. 

Stay Focused on the Road

Many people drive instinctively during their usual commute and may be less aware than they are when driving in strange territory. Severe weather necessitates your complete focus. During storms, it’s critical to keep attentive and focused on the road, with a firm grip on the steering wheel and no distractions such as radios, other passengers, or phone calls.     

Summer rainstorms are nearly unavoidable in Florida, and they can appear out of nowhere. Understanding how to drive in the rain in Florida can save your life or at the very least keep you from getting into a costly accident.

This update is brought to you by Hochman & Goldin, P.A. A Miami traffic attorney can assist you with criminal traffic violations, and our team is ready to answer your questions. Please call (305) 515-5247 to speak with a red light camera violation attorney.

Hochman & Golden Provides Guidance for Toll Violations in Florida

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There are numerous ways for drivers in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Gardens counties to incur traffic citations, fines, and other penalties for Toll-By-Plate Violations. Often drivers inadvertently pass through a SunPass lane without a transponder, are unable to pay cash, unwittingly let the credit card associated with their SunPass account expire, or fail to pay a Toll-By-Plate invoice. Hochman and Goldin, P.A. provides Toll-By-Plate Violations Services, which are in great demand as a result of the widespread installation of systems such as MDX and SunPass that tax vehicles based on required transponders.

The penalties can be costly, with the average toll citation in Miami-Dade County costing $149 on top of the unpaid toll charge. Furthermore, such infractions can be recorded on a driver’s record, particularly if the driver fails to pay a Toll-By-Plate bill. Prior to paying such citations, you should consult with a Miami traffic attorney. An experienced legal team may be able to keep tickets off a driver’s record while also lowering the amount owed.

In addition to toll violations (including MDX, Toll-by-Plate, and SunPass), Hochman & Goldin, P.A. defends clients against speeding tickets, red light camera violations, and other civil traffic fines. Their experienced team of lawyers also help people get their criminal records expunged and sealed, as well as help people with criminal traffic charges.

More questions about traffic violations? Contact Hochman & Goldin, P.A. today.

What Is the Cost of a Florida Speeding Ticket?

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If you’re regularly pushing the needle on your speedometer past the legal limit, you’re risking a lot more than simply your fellow drivers’ displeasure. According to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles, almost 5 million traffic penalties are issued each year, the bulk of which are issued to speeding drivers. 

If you’re caught speeding down the road, you could face steep fines depending on your county. Individual counties manage traffic tickets in Florida, and speeding fines vary slightly based on where you get a speeding ticket in the state. 

Penalties for going over the speed limit: 

1-5 m.p.h. – Warning

6-9 m.p.h. – $118.00-$151.00

10-14 m.p.h. – $193.00-$226.00

15-19 m.p.h. – $243.00-$276.00

20-29 m.p.h. – $268.00-$301.00

30+ m.p.h. – $343.00-$376.00

In most cases, the driver is issued a warning for minor infractions of five miles or less over the speed limit. They may, however, still earn license points. Fines escalate in direct proportion to the driver’s speed exceeding the legal limit. In addition to the regular penalties, violations occurring in a school zone or a construction zone are subject to increased penalties. When a violation causes a person to be injured or property to be destroyed, there are further consequences.

Understanding your options and possible results after receiving a traffic citation will help you respond in the most effective way imaginable. A Miami traffic ticket lawyer who specializes in traffic law may be able to help you.

 

Questions about other traffic violations? Contact a red light camera violation attorney.

Consequences of Avoiding Florida Traffic Tickets

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Some Floridians may not consider the implications of failing to pay a traffic ticket or failing to appear in traffic court, but both actions can have major consequences. Before brushing away and forgetting about your traffic ticket, drivers should think about the consequences.

Not Paying Traffic Tickets

Driving privileges will be suspended if fines related to traffic violations are not paid. The driver’s driving rights will be restored only if the fine is paid at their local traffic court. Some jurisdictions allow motorists to meet their payment obligations by using online payment portals. Once payment is received, the court will automatically upload citation clearance information into the state’s system. To restore full driving privileges, you may need to pay a reinstatement fee at your nearest driver’s license service location.

Failure to Appear in Court 

Failure to appear for a traffic summons will result in an indefinite suspension of your driver’s license. Contacting the court that issued the traffic ticket is the initial step toward recovering driving privileges. After that, the driver must meet all of the court’s conditions. To complete the process, the driver may be required to pay a reinstatement charge.

Missing Driving School

As part of their “punishment” for a traffic infringement, drivers are occasionally required to attend a court-ordered driving school. Failure to meet this criteria will result in the suspension of a driver’s license. Driving privileges are only available for reinstatement once the driver contacts the court and meets all of the court’s criteria.

The consequences of failing to pay a traffic ticket or comply with the requirements of a traffic summons may be more severe than anticipated. If you have questions about unpaid traffic tickets, contact a Miami traffic ticket lawyer.

 

If you wish to contest a traffic violation, such as a speeding ticket, or if you believe you received an unfair red light camera ticket, contact a red light camera violation attorney at Hochman & Goldin, P.A. 

What Can a Miami Traffic Ticket Lawyer Do for You?

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Are you facing a traffic ticket with a fine or a more serious offense? If this is the case, you may want to consider hiring a Miami traffic ticket lawyer to help you with the process. Every circumstance is different. As a result, an attorney’s ability to help you will differ based on the circumstances. Nonetheless, here are some of the ways a traffic lawyer might assist you:

An Attorney Can Represent You in Court

If you want to contest a traffic ticket, you should expect to appear in court at least twice. You will almost never have to go to court if you hire an attorney. To put it another way, your lawyer can represent you in court even if you are not present.

Expert Legal Advice

The lack of experience and legal understanding is one of the issues with representing yourself. The average person has no idea what the appropriate course of action is in any particular situation. Experienced traffic lawyers have the finest grasp of what methods and solutions are available for achieving positive outcomes. And it’s not all about the law. Attorneys who spend a lot of time in traffic court are familiar with the different judges’ tendencies, as well as the tendencies of the police who write the citations. This local knowledge can help you decide how to respond to a traffic ticket.

Negotiations

Negotiations and plea bargaining can occur in traffic matters, albeit they are more typical in major criminal cases. For example, reducing a moving violation ticket down to a non-moving violation might occasionally save you points on your driving record.

Questions about other traffic violations? Contact a red light camera violation attorney.

How Does a Red Light Camera Work in Florida?

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Red light cameras utilize the sensors in traffic signals to record photo and video footage of vehicles entering an intersection after the light has turned red. If you run a red light at a red light camera intersection, the system will image your car and record your license plate number, as well as the incident’s date and time, vehicle speed, location and time elapsed since the signal went red.

Almost all red light cameras are owned by third-party firms, which submit the camera’s film and data to the appropriate law enforcement department. The registered owner of the car receives the red light camera tickets. The violation’s date, time and location are included in the notice, as well as copies of the images.

Red light cameras reduced fatal crashes at intersections in large cities by 14%, according to a 2019 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Because of this high success rate, many states now allow cities to use red light cameras to enforce traffic laws. Despite the fact that red light cameras have been proved to minimize fatal car accidents, errors do occur. It’s critical to understand how to appeal a red light camera ticket if you believe it was issued in error. 

You should not dispute your traffic ticket on your own. The procedure for contesting a traffic ticket is lengthy. A red light camera violation attorney will be familiar with the rules and procedures that will be necessary to defend your case in court, and will be able to offer many legal arguments to counter the photo evidence used against you. Furthermore, a Miami traffic ticket lawyer can fight on your behalf in court without you having to be present, saving you two trips to the courts and avoiding time away from work or school.

More questions about traffic violations? Contact Hochman & Goldin, P.A. today.

Florida DUI Checkpoints: What You Should Know

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A sobriety checkpoint, often known as a DUI checkpoint, is an area where law enforcement officials station themselves to inspect drivers for symptoms of alcohol and impairment. It’s critical to understand your rights if you’re stopped at a DUI checkpoint.

When performing these checkpoints, police must follow various rules and regulations. You must stop and pull over if the police have requested it, otherwise you risk being arrested. If you want to avoid being arrested, arguing with a police officer over whether or not they can perform a DUI checkpoint is never a good idea. Drivers can, however, legally avoid stopping at a checkpoint by making a U-turn if they do not infringe any traffic laws in the process.

If you decide not to evade a checkpoint, have a calm and cooperative demeanor. You will be asked to roll down the window by the officer. Drivers must then present identification, such as a driver’s license, vehicle registration or proof of insurance. Once you have identified yourself and presented the proper papers, you are not required to provide any other information.

Avoid giving your consent to a car search. To do so, officers will need your permission, a warrant or probable cause. If they don’t have any of the aforementioned, you have every right to deny their request.

 

This update is brought to you by Hochman & Goldin, P.A. A Miami traffic attorney can assist you with criminal traffic violations, and our team is ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-515-5284 to speak with a red light camera violation attorney.