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Tips for Dealing with Law Enforcement When You Know You Don’t Deserve a Traffic Ticket

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Many people are unaware of or misinformed about their legal rights when dealing with law enforcement. When you see flashing lights behind your vehicle, here are a few tips on how to deal with police officers more effectively.

 

Be Polite

Allow the officer to begin speaking. The police will usually ask for your driver’s license and registration first. Act non-aggressive and non-defensive. Even if you are noncommittal about inquiries, try to answer the officer’s questions politely.

 

Legality of Police Searching Your Car

Don’t agree to illegal searches or questioning out of fear or a desire for transparency, if you know you’re not doing anything wrong. If you cooperate to the search, it will be considerably more difficult to contest any evidence found in your vehicle. Furthermore, whether you give permission or not, if the police have reasonable grounds to search your vehicle, he or she will do so.

 

Don’t Incriminate Yourself

Until you have a lawyer present, you have the right to remain silent. Keep in mind that whatever you say can and will be used against you in court. Do not lie to a police officer, but if you do speak with a police officer, keep your responses brief.

 

Obtain Legal Counsel

If you have been issued a traffic ticket, contact a Miami traffic ticket lawyer. A lawyer can advise you on what to expect in court and how to present the greatest defense possible if you wish to contest it. 

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

How to Avoid the Potential Hidden Costs of a Speeding Ticket

How to Avoid the Potential Hidden Costs of a Speeding TicketIf you are ticketed for speeding in Florida, you may face monetary penalties as well as points on your driver’s license. While most Florida speeding tickets are $500, fines can range from $1,000 to $5,000 if the infraction occurs in a construction or school zone, or if you are caught speeding excessively. How fast you drive over the permitted or stated speed limit determines the number of points awarded to your Florida driver’s license, as well as other severe consequences.

 

If you receive a speeding ticket in Florida, your auto insurance price is likely to rise. However, factors such as your prior driving history, ZIP code, auto insurance provider, and vehicle type can all affect your premium, so your final cost could be greater or cheaper than those indicated above.

 

Additional penalties may be imposed depending on the severity of the traffic offense and your previous driving record. There are, however, additional considerations to consider if you receive a traffic citation in Florida, such as whether or not you want to fight the ticket. If you do, you’ll almost certainly need to appear in court or hire a lawyer.

 

We at Hochman and Goldin have been practicing law for over 20 years, representing people charged with various traffic offenses all around Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. We guarantee you will not receive any points on your driver’s license or your money back. This is solely for civil offenses, and only if no additional tickets have been issued in the previous year. Pay a one-time fee of $69. This fee is for each civil violation and does not include any court fees. We’ll assign you a Miami speeding ticket attorney who will do everything possible to have your case dismissed.

 

Questions about other traffic violations? Contact a Miami traffic attorney.

Proposed Bill to Catch Speeders in School Zones

HochmanGoldin (2)To improve safety, Florida lawmakers are considering allowing cities and counties to deploy cameras to catch speeders in school zones. Those caught driving 10 miles per hour or more over the speed limit could be issued a ticket, and in need of a Miami traffic attorney.

 

If the bill is passed in its current form, it would allow cameras to start rolling half an hour before school started and stop half an hour after classes ended. According to the bill, the cameras would identify vehicle speed as you drove through a school zone. The speed cameras would function in a similar way as red light cameras. The registered owner of every car caught on camera would receive a speeding ticket in the mail within 30 days of the incident, without ever engaging with a police officer.

 

The bill’s phrasing does give offenders some discretion, allowing them a free “warning” for a first violation. Following that, fines rise in proportion to the driver’s speed, reaching $500 for exceeding the speed limit by 30 miles per hour or more. All electronic images, videos and documentation of the vehicle as measured by a speed detection system would be available for review to those ticketed. A hearing can also be requested by those cited.

 

Under the present version of the bill, proceeds from each ticket would go to the state Department of Revenue, the local county or municipality, and the school district where the infraction happened. The funds will be used entirely on school transportation and safety programs.

 

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

Stay Safe for the Big Game

Stay Safe for the Big GameSuper Bowl weekend is almost here, and though the big game this year will be played 3,000 miles away, millions of Floridians will still be joining in on the excitement. Our Miami traffic attorney team wants to ensure you are prepared and ready to do so responsibly.

All across the state this weekend, Law enforcement agencies will be placing additional patrols on roads to help keep the roads safe. Patrols will be focused on impaired drivers, speeding violations and seat belt enforcement throughout the weekend.

If you’re planning a night out or attending a party for the Super Bowl, make plans ahead of time that will prevent you or anyone else from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive, even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage. Always designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation, taxi or a ride sharing service to get home safely, such as Lyft or Uber.

Driving drunk could result in injury or death for you or others on the road. If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact law enforcement immediately.

For the past 20 years, Hochman & Goldin, P.A., has provided legal representation to individuals charged with various traffic violations throughout Miami-Dade and Broward.

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What Happens If You Drive Over 100 MPH?

Hochman BlogSpeeding is not usually a criminal offense, but the consequences can be more severe if you are caught driving over 100 mph.

 

Most speeding tickets will only lend you a fine and points on your driving record, which can be fought with the help of a Miami traffic attorney. However, not every speeding ticket is a non-criminal/traffic offense. Certain tickets can actually be classified as a misdemeanor or felony, leading to jail time, hefty fines, and license suspension.

 

Driving over 100 mph is not always a felony unless someone is injured in an accident or there are fatalities. However, in Florida, it is a felony. Driving 50 miles over the speed limit is considered a felony already.

 

In fact, just driving 30 miles over the speed limit in Florida is classified as a criminal offense, and speeds 30 to 49 miles per hour over the speed limit is considered a misdemeanor.

 

Driving over 50 miles per hour in Florida can end up being a third-degree felony, which involves arrest (all felonies in Florida involve arrest.) Third-degree felonies can end up being five years in prison, license suspension for up to 10 years, and near;y $5,000 in fines.

 

Hochman & Goldin, P.A. offers legal assistance for traffic tickets in the Miami area. Visit us online to learn more.

 

This information is for educational purposes only. It should not be construed as legal advice. Please speak to an attorney if you have specific questions regarding traffic signals and the law. If you have questions regarding a red light ticket, please contact a red light camera violation attorney.

Avoid These 3 Bad Driving Habits

Avoid These 3 Bad Driving HabitsThe longer you drive, the chances are that you become more comfortable behind the wheel. While experienced drivers continue to improve their driving skills, they can also pick up bad habits. Drivers may not even notice they are doing them, but the key is to be aware, so you can practice safe driving.

 

If you need assistance with your traffic ticket in the Miami area, a Miami traffic attorney from Hochman & Goldin, P.A., may be able to help. Call or visit us online to set up a consultation.

 

One of the biggest bad habits drivers engage in is what is known as the “California Stop.” This happens when a driver does not come to a complete stop at a stop sign and just coasts through it instead. The law states that drivers must completely stop at a stop sign, so avoid making this mistake, even when you are in a rush.

 

Not using the appropriate turn signals could also leave you with a traffic ticket. Failing to use turn signals may even cause accidents, especially when changing lanes. Avoid this mistake to keep you and others safe on the road.

 

Running red lights is not something people usually do on purpose. In fact, many drivers can seek out the help of a red light camera violation attorney if they feel that their red light violation occurred because they were attempting to make the safest and smartest decision in the situation. However, you should always follow the speed limit and follow a safe distance behind the car in front of you to avoid running red lights.

 

Can You Legally Move Onto an Intersection While Waiting to Make a Turn?

Hochman BlogThere are many rules of the road, especially as it comes to appropriate turning. While most drivers have the basics down, many lesser-known laws can confuse drivers and lead to frustration. After all, no one wants to be stuck at a yellow light, wondering if they can turn or not.

 

Left turns seem to be the trickiest. Where right turns usually have clear-cut answers of when you can and cannot turn, left turns are not always as clear. If you think your traffic ticket was issued in an area without clear signage and directions, contact a Miami traffic attorney. Our law firm can help you fight your traffic ticket for as little as $69.

 

The best rule to remember is that you should not begin a turn, right or left, if you cannot complete it.

 

For example, if you want to make a left turn on a yellow light, in some cases, you may be able to exit into the intersection before the left turn (as long as all traffic signals permit). However, if you are in the intersection and you cannot complete the turn and are “stuck” in the intersection because of traffic, you may find yourself in a bind.

 

Always assess traffic and follow traffic signals before making turns.

 

This information is for educational purposes only. It should not be construed as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding traffic signals and the law, please speak to an attorney. If you have questions regarding a red light ticket, please contact a red light camera violation attorney.

Florida Hardship License

Hochman BlogDrivers who have their licenses suspended may be eligible for a Florida Hardship License. This restricted license allows people to drive to school or work-related activities. Typically, those eligible will have had a first-offense DUI or an otherwise clean driving record. Drivers may use this license to get around as they await the end of their license suspension period.

 

If you have questions about your license suspension, contact a Miami traffic attorney at Hochman and Goldin, P.A.

 

To know if you are eligible for a hardship license, you will need to contact the regional Bureau of Administrative Reviews. The following are the typical criteria for receiving a hardship license:

 

  • You must enroll in DUI school – this is only for drivers who have license suspension due to a DUI conviction.

  • If your suspension resulted from something else, you will need to enroll in the 12-hour Florida ADI course. You must be currently enrolled when applying for a hardship license, and the course needs to be completed within 90 days.

  • You will have to pay fees for your application – a $12 fee for hardship hearing filing and a $45 reinstatement fee for license suspension.

  • There will typically be a hearing officer assigned to your case, in which they will be the one to review your request.

 

This is not an extensive list of requirements in the process of getting a hardship license in Florida. There may be additional requirements you must meet depending on your specific case, including the reason for license suspension.

 

You are not required to get a hardship license. You can still wait out your suspension period if you choose.

 

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

What Are the Consequences of Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Florida?

Hochman & Goldin blogLeaving the scene of an accident is referred to as the act of an individual involved in an auto accident leaving the scene without providing necessary information. Accidents can include property damage, injury, death, or a combination of the three. As mandated by Florida law, the information you must provide is your name and license, address, car registration, and car insurance. If there are severe injuries, the driver must attempt to give necessary support in access to urgent healthcare. You can also be penalized for not reporting damage.

 

In other words, leaving the scene of an accident is a hit-and-run accident.

 

If you are involved in an accident and you flee the scene, major penalties will follow. These may include jail time. However, depending on the damage, charges can include:

 

  • Accidents only involving property damage: up to 60 days in jail, six months of probation, and fines that may reach $500

  • Accidents where injury is also involved: five years in jail, five years of probation, and up to $5,000 in fines (this is considered a third-degree felony)

  • Accidents that resulted in death: up to 15 years in prison, 15 years of probation, fines that may reach close to $10,000

 

If involved in an accident, it is best to stay put until law enforcement shows up no matter how minor. You do not want to take on the penalties of fleeing the scene.

 

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.

Safety Tips for Florida Drivers in the Winter

Hochman BlogThe holidays mark a time of a great amount of travel. Many will be traveling far and wide to visit family and friends for Christmas and New Years. True, Florida does not see much winter weather – it is actually one of the states with the least severe cold weather months. Whether you are heading up north or staying in Florida, a few of these tips will help you ensure you are safer on the roads when it is cold out.

 

However, traffic tickets still happen during the holidays. If you have received a traffic violation and wish to fight it, contact a Miami traffic ticket lawyer.

 

Always get your car inspected before a road trip. A quick trip to the auto shop can save a lot of headache and money down the road. In colder temperatures, engine coolant, wiper fluid, and other essential fluids in the car could freeze or be impacted by the cold.

 

Double-check that your insurance is up-to-date. You do not want to get pulled over on your trip with expired insurance. In some cases, driving without insurance may cause license and plate suspensions. Plus, if you get into an accident or your car breaks down and you need a rental, updated insurance will make the process much smoother and more cost-effective.

 

Finally, do not forget to check the forecast ahead of time. If you will be traveling somewhere that snows, purchase the proper equipment for your vehicle.

 

If there is a ticket you would like to get off of your record in 2022, contact a Miami expungement attorney for assistance.