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Florida Law Enforcement’s Money Problem

Law enforcement agencies in Florida currently have their hands full dealing with a problem of supply and demand.  That is, there is a growing need for the services but the money supplied is having trouble keeping pace.  The situation has continued to grow, causing crimes to take longer to process in labs that are run by the state of Florida, in some cases twice as long.  Highway patrols are also having to drive vehicles that need to be replaced and turnover rates are leading to the hiring of less experienced detectives due to low pay.

Taxes have been cut by over $350 million thanks to a budget surplus, but the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is having trouble with the maintenance of some of its services, such as crime lab evidence processing.  Local county governments have also had to take measures into their own hands in order to make up in areas that the state is typically responsible for, such as sending patrol deputies to deal with traffic crashes that were once taken care of by highway patrols.

Six counties in Florida saw their Florida Highway Patrol troopers receive over $4,000 in raises thanks to a new budget by Governor Rick Scott.  The FDLE is also requesting an additional $39 million in 2016 to replace aging pursuit vehicles that have been driven over 23,000 miles or more each year.  At the moment, FHP is only able to replace vehicles that have 157,000 miles or more.

Hochman & Goldin, P.A.’s professional Miami Expungement Lawyers, brought this update to you.  Their experienced attorneys can help resolve a variety of seal and expungement cases.  To learn more about these experienced Miami traffic lawyers or for more information on fighting civil traffic tickets, contact them at 305-665-1000.

Brief Overview of Traffic Cameras

A traffic camera is a video camera that is located along highways, freeways, motorways, auto routes, expressways, and arterial roads.  The purpose of this device is to watch and record traffic on the roads, which is then transmitted to a monitoring center.  The monitoring center receives all video live and in real time, and if there is an emergency or safety road issue, they dispatch the information to law enforcement.  Interestingly, the cameras are connected via optical fibers located next to or under the road.  The main power company in urban areas or an alternate power source (like solar panels) provides the electrical power to these cameras.  With this provision in place, the cameras are able to provide continuous images and no power outage or bad weather can stop it.

As a major part of most intelligent transportation systems, these cameras are valuable in tunnels, where if needed, safety equipment can be activated remotely.  While on arterial roads, the cameras are mounted on traffic light poles at intersections where problems usually happen.  In addition, traffic cameras are different from road safety cameras, as those cameras are put into specific places to enforce the rules of the road.  Once a trigger is hit, the safety cameras will take a high resolution image, while the traffic cameras are mainly used for observation.

Hochman & Goldin, P.A.’s professional Miami Expungement Lawyers, brought this update to you.  Their experienced attorneys can help resolve a variety of seal and expungement cases.  To learn more about these experienced Miami Traffic Lawyers, contact them at 305-665-1000.

Safety on Rickenbacker Causeway a Top Priority

Last week the Miami-Dade County, Miami, and Key Biscayne police departments announced a new traffic safety initiative at a Town Hall Meeting as concern for the residents of the community has become a top priority.  Law enforcement has seen a recent incline of traffic fatalities on the Rickenbacker Causeway and the results were so staggering that they begin to become concerned.  With an emphasis on better enforcing the traffic laws and changing driving behaviors by increasing police activity on the roadway, the hope is that the accidents can be decreased significantly.

Implementation of the program began the first week of March; the initiative consists of a combination of enforcement and education methods.  The three law enforcement departments have deployed more patrol units to the problem area during the peak hours in the mornings and afternoons.  Additionally, there has been talk about adding more DUI checkpoints, as during February police have found four individuals driving under the influence during one of their sobriety checkpoints.  Furthermore, the Key Biscayne police department will hand out traffic safety and drunk driving pamphlets to drivers within the area.  Moreover, they hope to obtain a DUI simulator with grant money or the money received from court costs and fees, for parents and young drivers to use.

Hochman & Goldin, P.A.’s professional Miami Expungement Lawyers, brought this update to you.  Their experienced attorneys can help resolve a variety of seal and expungement cases.  To learn more about these experienced Miami Traffic Lawyers, contact them at 305-665-1000.

Tips to Keep The Kids Safe This School Year

It is the end of August and that means that not only is summer over, but it is time for the kids to go back to school.  Keeping children safe is one of the most important job any parent has, but it can be hard in this day and age.  Whether you are a motorist, a parent, or a student, the emphasis on safety is important.  Below are some tips and ideas to help parents ensure that their children are safe as possible this school year.

Driver’s Beware: Now that school is back in session, it is an almost guarantee that the morning commute to work is going to be marred with traffic, school buses, and schoolchildren.  Driver’s need to be alert for any school speed zones that may now come into effect in the area and be aware of the posted speed limits to minimize the chance for a catastrophe.  Additionally, now that the school buses will be back up and running, it’s essential for motorists to watch for the flashing red lights and extended stop arm that proceeds a school bus, ensuring that they don’t hit any of the school aged children that will be crossing the street.

Parents Stay Alert: Along with a new school year comes the children’s independence, and while it’s a great thing to let your younger children walk to school themselves, thus giving them a taste of that sweet adult freedom, it’s essential that the parent still supervises them.  Whether they are walking, biking, or waiting for the school bus, it is critical that an adult is there to ensure that they reach their destination safely.

Students Pay Attention: When walking or biking to school it is essential to always cross at crosswalks, obey all traffic signs, traffic lights, and crossing guard instructions.  This severely limits the possibility of causing an accident or getting hurt by a moving vehicle.  Moreover, always wearing a helmet and following traffic safety rules while riding a bicycle is another great way to ensure that the trip to school is the safest one possible.

Hochman & Goldin, P.A.’s professional Miami Expungement Lawyers, brought this update to you.  There experienced attorneys can help resolve a variety of seal and expungement cases.  To learn more about these experienced Miami Traffic Lawyers, contact them at 305-665-1000.

Brief Overview of Red Light Traffic Cameras

Recently red light cameras have become a staple in metropolitan cities.  While these cameras are improving the amount of traffic violations that can occur, they are still a big mystery to the average person.  Additionally, it seems like these cameras just popped up out of nowhere.  Below is a brief overview of this new legal trend.

Red light cameras are a type of traffic enforcement cameras that capture a picture of any vehicle that has run a red light.  The purpose is to not only deter drivers from running red lights, but it also helps law enforcement impose the traffic laws.  Normally the camera is trigged when a moving vehicle enters the intersection (usually past the stop-bar), after the traffic signal has turned red, indicating that drivers should stop their vehicles.  Once the image is taken, the information is downloaded to the police stations where law enforcement can review the information and decide whether a violation has occurred.  If a violation has occurred, then the offending vehicles license plate is ran through their system and a citation (usually with a fine and the images from the traffic camera) is mailed to the offending party.

Even though most authorities feel that red light cameras are helping with public safety, there are a few critics with a differing opinion.  Most of the concern lies with driver’s reactions to seeing the camera and/or once it takes a picture.  Many of the detractors’ fears are that the cameras are being used more for financial gain, than public safety.  In addition, many have felt that the red light cameras could scare the drivers that are trying to avoid a ticket into suddenly stopping and potentially causing a rear-end collision.

No matter the debates going on, red light cameras seem to be a staple of urban living and something residents are going to need to get used to.  What are your thoughts on red light cameras?  Hochman & Goldin, P.A.’s professional Miami Expungement Lawyers, brought this update to you.  There experienced attorney’s can help resolve a variety of seal and expungement cases.  To learn more about these experienced Miami Traffic Lawyers, contact them at 305-665-1000.

Cycling Laws in Miami – What You Need to Know

One of the most common traffic-related problems we have encountered as both Miami Traffic Lawyers and Miami residents concerns bicyclists. Though still a mostly car-centered city, Miami is trying to make itself friendlier to other modes of transportation, including the two-wheeled kind.

Given the subsequent confusion concerning how car-dominated roads are supposed to accommodate bicyclists, here is a rundown of the relevant local and state laws concerning bike riding. Though all cyclists must obey normal traffic laws, such as stopping at red lights, there are key differences to note.

Cyclists must stay in the bike lane, or as close to the right-hand curb or edge of the road, as possible. They must also travel in the same direction as traffic, though in one-way roads the use of the left-hand side is permitted. The only exceptions to these rules are on roads with larger lanes and bike lanes; when passing another bike or preparing to make a left turn; or when needed to avoid any obstacles.

Contrary to a lot of grumbling from drivers, bicyclists can take up an entire lane under certain conditions – namely in the absence of a bike lane or if the regular lane is too narrow for both a car and bicycle to share it side-by-side. They can also ride on the sidewalk (barring any signs explicitly prohibiting this) though they must signal before passing a pedestrian.

As a motorist, you have to allow three feet of space between your vehicle and the bicyclist when passing. If you can’t leave that much space, you will have to slow down. You will also have to watch out for bicyclists when you are parked, too: always look before you open your doors.

These helpful tips are brought to you by Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can help you resolve a variety of civil traffic issues, from red light cameras to speeding tickets. We offer affordable, accessible, and convenient services to save you time, money, and peace of mind.

To learn more, contact 305-665-1000 or info@ticketlawfirm.com. Feel free to visit our office at 9703 South Dixie Highway Suite #202, Miami, Florida 33156. All our services are made available in Spanish. Also call if you need Miami Expungement Lawyers.

5 Things to Know When Hiring an Attorney

Hiring the right attorney is an incredibly important thing, as it can mean the difference between doing hard time and making a very pleasing deal.  There are a few important things to remember when looking or an attorney.  Below, the associates at Hochman & Goldin discuss a few of these ideas.

Ensure the Lawyer Hired is the Right One: Because there are so many attorney’s around it can be a lot easier to just choose the first one and move on.  However, by doing that defendants will greatly increase their chances of their case going wrong.  The first thing offenders need to do is make sure that the lawyer they find works in the proper jurisdiction, as typically lawyers are licensed to practice in a particular state.  Secondly, ensure the legal professional hired is budget friendly.  Hiring a lawyer that is outside of the defender’s price range can cause unneeded stress after the trial in the form of collection calls, etc.

Research is Important: When researching what kind of lawyer to hire, it is imperative to properly vet their references and advertisements.  Always review an attorney’s background.  Ask for referrals and ensure that they are called.  Remember if it is too good to be true, then it probably is.

Remember it’s a Numbers Game: When selecting a lawyer, consider more than one.  It is important that the attorney hired have the skills that are required to argue the defendant’s case.

What are some of the items you look for in an attorney? Hochman & Goldin, P.A.’s professional Miami Expungement Lawyers can help resolve a variety of seal and expungement cases.  To learn more about these experienced Miami Traffic Lawyers, contact them at 305-665-1000.

Reasons to Consider an Attorney

Even if a defendant has a little bit of experience with the legal system, hiring an attorney can sometimes mean the difference between hard time, and just paying a fine.  For serious charges, defendants should always seek least legal counseling at the very least.  Lawyers have a lot of experience in traffic court and the various jurisdictions, thus ensuring that the defendant will get the best legal advice available.  Below are a few other reasons why a defendant should consider hiring an attorney.

Consultation and Advice is important:  By consulting with a lawyer before their trail, a defendant can receive key pieces of advice that may be able to help them substantially while they are in court.  When a lawyer is advised of the details of the situation, they are able to analyze the legal position of the defendant and the prosecution, and provide the advantages and disadvantages to various alternate courses of action available.

Negotiation skills: No matter how good a defendant may feel they are in negotiating, no one can beat a lawyer.  An attorney’s skill and experience in multiple trials and with various judges, allows them to possibly negotiate a lower punishment for more serious charges.  For instance, plea bargaining is quite helpful in limiting the amount of punishment an offender could receive.

Representation: Facing a traffic ticket or a more serious charge like driving-under-the-influence, does not necessarily require a lawyer, however, if found guilty a defendant could find their license suspended.  Which in today’s world, amounts to very serious issues.  However, by hiring a lawyer, they may be able to plead the offender down to a lesser charge by using their expertise to present a more affective defense.

Hochman & Goldin, P.A.’s professional Miami Expungement Lawyers can help resolve a variety of seal and expungement cases.  To learn more about these experienced Miami Traffic Lawyers, contact them at 305-665-1000.

Miami, the Car Optional City?

Even a casual visitor could see right away that Miami is a car-centered place. This sprawling city is dominated by an ever-growing network of expressways, with new routes and lanes constantly being added to meeting the swell of residents and visitors.

Given the obviously bad congestions that results, many Miamians and visitors alike are desperate for an alternative.

Enter Alice Bravo, former deputy city manager of Miami, who is now the county’s new transit director. Well aware of the region’s infamously high congestion rate, and the lack of any other reliable mode of transportation, she is aiming to expand the existing public transit network enough to make the area, in her words, “car optional”.

“It’ll take time, but we have to take advantage of this enthusiasm to make Miami a car-optional city one day,” Bravo tells New Times. “It’s apparent that we have a younger generation that is not interested in having a car and wants to use public transportation. We have to make sure there is a system there for them to satisfy their needs.”
How the heck will she do that?

Bravo admits it’s a long-term goal, but in the near future, she says, there are projects that will immediately relieve congestion.

She points to the often-out-of-sync traffic signal system. She says by creating a system that can monitor intersection congestion and adapt on a moment’s notice depending upon traffic flow can optimize efficiency. Once a system is in place, she says, it can become centralized and connected to the bus system.

“We want to get all of our systems working together,” she adds.

The longer term plans call for more concentration on “connectivity points” – areas in the suburbs that are more convenient for commuters. These will be turned into stations that will offer greater access via added sidewalks, bus lanes, and shuttle services. To address the especially bad traffic going from east to west, Bravo also wants to get agencies onboard with having buses on the highways.

Additionally, Miami-Dade Transit is also looking abroad, both to other U.S. cities and Europe, to see the latest technologies and advancements in transportation. The current transport system is aiming to be cleaner, safer, and more reliable, which will in turn encourage car-loving Miamians to give them a go.

This update is brought to you by the professional Miami Traffic Lawyers of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can help you result a variety of civil traffic issues. From red light cameras to speeding tickets, we offer affordable, accessible, and convenient services to say you time, money, and hassle.

To learn more, contact 305-665-1000 or info@ticketlawfirm.com. Feel free to visit our office at 9703 South Dixie Highway Suite #202, Miami, Florida 33156. All our services are made available in Spanish. Also call if you need Miami Expungement Lawyers.

Miami-Dade County Looking into Adding Additional Rail Line

Recently the Miami Herald wrote an article about the proposed new rail service that would run along the Dolphin Expressway to the western suburbs of Miami-Dade County.  This $102 million dollar project would consist of using the existing cargo line that is already located along the Dolphin.  The Miami-Dade commissioner, Esteban “Steve” Bovo, is responsible for heading the initiative, as he also leads the county’s transportation committee.

The plan is to create an 11-mile commuter line linking the Miami International Airport with new stations ending at Northwest 137th Avenue, of which the Tri-Rail would probably operate.  With the goal being to appease, the area’s traffic issues and expanded tolling on the Dolphin and the Airport Expressway, Bovo’s plan has gained the approval of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez. The Commissioner has proposed creating a special taxing district that would run a mile outside of the proposed rail line.  A portion of those new taxes, generated by higher property values and new construction, would fund the rail.  However, there are some reservations from the community, as most feel that this plan could draw funds away from updating the county’s bus service, the police force, much-needed roadwork and other core services that the county desperately needs.

What do you think about the proposed new railroad?  Do you think the funds should go to other pressing county issues?  Hochman & Goldin, P.A.’s professional Miami Traffic Lawyers and Miami Expungement Lawyers would like to know your thoughts.  If you have any traffic or other legal issues, contact them at 305-665-1000 to learn what they can do for you.