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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.

Why Having a Clean Driving Record is Beneficial in Florida

Why Having a Clean Driving Record is Beneficial in FloridaA clean driving record is when a driver’s history has no moving violations or accidents over the last three to five years. However, what constitutes a clean record can vary depending on the situation. For example, Uber, long-haul trucking companies, and car insurance providers have more strict standards for clean records.

 

If you have questions about how to remove a ticket from your record, contact a Miami expungement attorney for help.

 

Tickets for accidents caused by your driving and DUIs can impact your record the most. The more severe the incident, the harder it is to remove it from your record. Infractions are given points and vary depending on the infraction (such as a DUI-related accident or a speeding ticket).

 

Moving violations will land you anywhere from three to six points in Florida. Common infractions include:

 

  • Reckless driving – 4 points

  • Speeding – 3 points

  • Passing on entering/exit side of a school bus while it is stopped – 4 points

  • Failure to stop at a red light – 3 points

  • Failure to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian – 3 points

  • Leaving the scene of an crash with more than $50 of property damage – 6 points

 

Having a clean record can benefit you in several ways. Your insurance premium is likely to be far less than a record with multiple accidents. However, if you believe that your traffic ticket was issued when following the traffic signals, contact a Miami traffic ticket lawyer from Hochman & Goldin, P.A.

 

Our attorneys can help you fight your ticket for as little as $69. Visit us online to learn more.

Driving Safety During Thanksgiving

Hochman BlogThanksgiving is just a few days away, meaning there will be a lot of drivers on the road on their way to visit their loved ones as well. Expect traffic to increase, as well as accidents on highways and smaller roads. It is important to be vigilant while driving when there are so many people out on the road. Here are a few tips to help make sure your Thanksgiving holiday is a fun and safe one.

 

However, if you receive a speeding ticket on your way to your in-law’s house, contact a Miami traffic ticket lawyer – we may be able to help.

 

If you are driving for long distances, be sure to get your vehicle checked out beforehand. A local mechanic/auto shop can do a performance check for fluids, the engine, headlights, brakes, turn signals, and tires. If there are repairs to be had, do not wait.

 

Take rest stops and designate a driver if you will be drinking. Traveling long distances will mean you will get tired. Take a break and stretch your legs or drink some water. It will help you stay alert. If you will be drinking at all during any holiday gathering, designate a driver. Even if it is one glass of wine, designate a driver. There will be many people on the road, and you want the driver to be as aware as possible to mitigate any issues.

 

Finally, be patient on the roads. No one wants to sit in traffic, but aggressive driving can land you a ticket (if that is the case, contact a Miami expungement attorney). Do not speed or tailgate other drivers. Frustration can cause drivers to make careless decisions in the name of getting to their destination faster, but stay calm, cool, and collected to help make sure you and your passengers, as well as others on the road, get to where they are going safely.

What Happens if You Drive With a Suspended License

Hochman BlogDriver’s licenses are practically a necessity. Driving allows us to have reliable transportation to work and school while helping us maintain other important aspects of life. So, when someone has a suspended license and needs to get somewhere, driving even when they should not is tempting – but what actually happens when you drive with a suspended license? Is it a minor traffic offense or potentially serious?

In Florida, driving while your license is suspended or revoked may be considered a criminal offense, with jail time and fines possible if you are proven to know before the incident that your driving privileges no longer existed. Simply being unaware of a suspension will cause you a moving violation, in which case you would need to plead guilty and pay the fine, leading to potentially serious implications down the road. Therefore, the help of a Miami traffic ticket attorney is essential.

The first time someone is caught driving with a suspended license often results in a second-degree misdemeanor, with up to 60 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500. A second offense elevates to a first-degree misdemeanor, with up to a year of jail time and or fines of up to $1,000. If you are caught a third time or more, the third-degree felony can result in five years of prison time and fines upwards of $5,000.

If you have had a ticket in the past, expunging your record may help you finally feel free of the offense. Contact a Miami expungement attorney from Hochman & Goldin, P.A., to find out more.

Defensive Driving FAQs

Hochman BlogIf you recently received a speeding ticket, you will probably have the option to take defensive driving to reduce points added to your license. Defensive driving courses allow drivers to learn more about the possible hazards on the road, how to anticipate them, and how to respond safely. It is a relatively low-cost option and will likely cost less than your traffic ticket. There is always room to learn more about driving and to refresh your knowledge. Still, if you have never taken it, you may have some questions.

 

If you recently received a traffic ticket and defensive driving is not an option for you, contact a Miami traffic ticket lawyer.

 

  • How long do I have to take defensive driving? You have 30 days upon receiving a ticket to pay fines to the Clerk of Court in the Florida county where you were issued the ticket. After paying fines and choosing a traffic school, you have from 60 to 120 to complete the course, depending on the county.

  • Am I still required to pay fines for my ticket? Yes, you must pay fines for the ticket within 30 days of receiving the ticket.

  • Can I take defensive driving for two tickets at the same time? No, you are only able to take defensive driving for one ticket, therefore you should choose the ticket that will end up giving you the most points.

  • Can I get points removed from my driving record? Typically you are not able to remove points from a Florida Drivers License. Defensive driving allows you to avoid points. Your case will remain open until you complete the course. Upon completion of the course, your case is closed and replaced with an Adjudication WIthheld status.

 

If you also have a red light ticket, a red light camera violation attorney at Hochman & Goldin may be able to help. Visit us online for more details or to request a consultation.

School Zone Driving Laws

Hochman BlogSchool is back for Floridians across the state and a special set of driving laws along with it. Roads will undoubtedly become more crowded in school zones, with the highest times for traffic being the morning and afternoon. There will also be a large increase of pedestrians, cyclists, and school busses that drivers should be cautious of in and around school zones.

 

A recent AAA survey found that fifty-six percent of drivers pass a school zone on their daily commute, but that they also engage in risk behaviors when driving, such as speeding in active school zones and using cell phones while driving through those zones. If you are facing a traffic ticket, a Miami traffic ticket lawyer may be able to help.

 

Aside from speeding and the use of cell phones, many drivers do not heed the warnings and laws associated with school busses. Drivers must stop when approaching a school bus with red flashing lights on and the STOP arms out. However, nearly twenty-eight percent of Florida drivers drive around buses in these circumstances or cut off a bus because of its low speed. However, if you were given a traffic ticket in these circumstances, a Miami expungement attorney may be able to remove the ticket from your record.

 

Both two-lane and multi-lane paved across medians are areas that require drivers to stop for a school bus. However, in a divided highway, vehicles driving the opposite way across the highway do not need to stop but instead should yield.

The Most Common Major Traffic Violations

Hochman BlogTraffic violations, both large and small, occur every day and range from minor offenses to serious charges like misdemeanors and felonies. Not everyone in their life will run into issues with traffic violations – some will face minor charges while others may face jail time, depending on the offense. While smaller violations are common, there are a few larger offenses that unfortunately are too. A Miami expungement attorney can help you fight your tickets and expunge your records where able.

 

Reckless driving happens when a diver is deemed inconsiderate of the safety of others, whether in another vehicle or a pedestrian. If someone flees or eludes a police officer, there is an automatic charge of reckless driving that they will receive, no matter the crime. Most charges will include fines upwards of $500 and 90 days of jail time, though they can vary depending on the severity of the incident.

 

A Miami traffic ticket lawyer can help with leaving the scene or hit and run incidents. Florida law requires you to stop after an accident to exchange insurance information and to administer reasonable assistance for any injuries where need be. Any accidents with at least $500 worth of damages must be reported to the police. If you do not, you will face misdemeanor or felony charges depending on how much damage occurred. A minimum of a misdemeanor with 90 days jail time and a fine of $500 will be given out, but penalties will be more severe if death or serious injuries occurred.