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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.

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.

Pedestrian Fatalities Rising at an Alarming Rate in Florida

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According to a new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, pedestrian deaths in the sunshine state have increased significantly over the last three years.

In 2021, 444 people died while walking in Florida, an almost 31% rise over the previous year, according to the data. This is also a greater increase than the national average. From January 1 to June 30, pedestrian fatalities in the United States jumped approximately 17%, from 2,951 in the first six months of 2019 to an estimated 3,441 in the same period last year. This represents a 507-death increase.  Over the last decade, pedestrian deaths have increased 46%, from 4,457 in 2011 to 6,516 in 2020.

For more than a decade, highways that prioritize speed over pedestrian safety have contributed to a rise in pedestrian fatalities. Inadequate pathways and insufficient lighting have also played a role. Additionally, within the time period covered by the report, there were significant behavioral abnormalities at play. An increase in unsafe driving that began when Americans saw wide open highways at the beginning of the pandemic has continued as traffic volume returns to more typical levels. 

The Governors Highway Safety Association is a non-profit organization that represents state safety offices that use federal grant funds to solve highway hazards caused by driver conduct behind the wheel. 

 
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.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month: What You Need to Know

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which is an excellent reminder to refocus and accept responsibility for the decisions we make while driving. For a safe journey every time, follow these safety tips:

  • Do you need to send a text message? Pull over to the side of the road and park your car in a secure spot. Sending or reading a text is only safe after that.
  • Assign a “designated texter” to one of your passengers. Allow them to use your phone to answer calls and texts.
  • While driving, do not use any apps, including social media. 
  • Having trouble not texting and driving? Place your phone in the trunk, glove box or back seat of your car until you reach your location.

Our roadways are plagued by a terrible epidemic of distracted driving. In addition to texting while driving, additional harmful behaviors include conversing on the phone or to other passengers in the car, setting your navigation, changing your music, eating food and more. When you’re distracted while driving, you deprive yourself of valuable seconds that may be used to avert a close call or fatal collision.

Throughout April, officers will use local media interviews, school visits and traffic safety presentations to educate the public about the risks of distracted driving. Make a commitment to refrain from texting and other types of distracted driving, and encourage your loved ones to do the same.

 

Visit Hochman & Goldin, P.A. online for additional information about a Miami traffic attorney or red light camera violation attorney.

Have You Received a Traffic Ticket in Florida? Learn Your Options

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Everything is new the first time around. We don’t always know how to deal with these firsts, and traffic tickets are no exception. However, if this is your first ticket, here are your three options of what to do after receiving a traffic ticket:

Pay the Fine and Move On

Remember that paying the penalty could result in points on your license as well as an increase in your insurance premiums.

Pay the Fine and Sign Up for Traffic School

This implies you’ll have to pay both the ticket and the traffic school fees. Most schools need you to attend a class for at least four hours. While online traffic school is available, you must still complete the four-hour equivalent in a classroom.

Fight Your Traffic Ticket in Court

This means you don’t have to pay your ticket until the end of your trial, and you won’t have to pay anything if it’s dismissed. It’s normally advisable to employ legal counsel if you plan to contest your ticket or if you want special arrangements. A Miami traffic attorney can help you avoid traffic school and save time by representing you in all court appearances.

Never ignore or do nothing in response to a traffic ticket. Failure to respond to a traffic ticket can result in further fees and fines, as well as the suspension of your driver’s license. 

More questions about traffic violations? Contact a red light camera violation attorney.

Moving to Florida? Things to Know to Avoid a Traffic Ticket

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Is Florida on your list of possible destinations? These days, it seems like everyone’s moving to the Sunshine State. Florida’s laws may be similar to those in other states, but there are a few things to be aware of to prevent a traffic ticket ruining your move.

Cell Phones and Driving

While it is not unlawful to use a cell phone to make a call while driving, it does make driving more unsafe. In Florida, however, texting while driving is prohibited. If you’re pulled over for texting, the first offense will result in a noncriminal traffic ticket. A second offense, however, will result in a moving violation. As a result, put your phone aside while driving to be safe. 

The Move over Law in Florida

A “move over” statute exists in Florida, requiring cars to safely move over a lane for stopped police enforcement and emergency vehicles, as well as sanitation trucks, utility service vehicles and tow trucks.   When you can’t change lanes, you must slow down 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit. If the posted speed limit is less than 20 mph, however, you must slow to 5 mph.

Motorists and Cyclists

The weather in Florida is ideal for cycling all year. As a result, most public roadways are shared by vehicles and bikers. Bicyclists must ride alongside automobiles because not every road has a designated bike lane. In addition, bicycles have the same rights and obligations on the road as motorists. In other words, bikers must adhere to the same traffic laws as motorists.

 
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Dealing With a Misplaced Traffic Ticket

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One of the most common problems that people have is losing their actual traffic ticket. A misplaced ticket can create a slew of complications. If this occurs to you, do not panic as there are several ways to resolve a lost ticket.

The state of Florida’s online system is the first place you should search for a missing traffic ticket. The driver’s license checking tool provided by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles can help you locate your driver’s license. If you are unable to obtain information about your ticket using this tool, it is possible that your ticket has not yet been logged into the online system. If you don’t see it, don’t believe that you won’t be penalized for not paying your ticket.

Since Florida processes traffic tickets on a county level, you’ll need to keep track of where you were when you received the ticket. It’s usually a simple task at hand. You can contact someone in the jurisdiction to enquire about the fine after you know which county the ticket was issued in. You will be required to provide basic information, such as your name and driver’s license number. After that, you should be able to get a replacement from the local jurisdiction. 

Another option for resolving a lost ticket is to seek assistance from a lawyer. Find someone with experience, such as a Miami traffic attorney.

 

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