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The 4 Most Important Safety Tips for Teens and New Drivers

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So there’s a new driver in your life. There are many reasons to be happy about this, such as spending less time driving them around and more time to yourself, as well as watching your child grow more independent. However, there are a few additional pointers that you should impart to your new driver so that they are properly prepared for the many difficulties they may encounter on the road. Here are four of the most important driving tips for any new driver.

Practice Makes Perfect 

The first and simplest piece of advice is to drive around with them. Before entering more difficult traffic scenarios, they’ll want to feel at ease with the fundamentals so they may learn from their mistakes in a low-stress setting. You should be sure to practice safe braking, turning, accelerating, avoiding distractions, and utilizing the blinkers. 

Encourage Frequent Use of Blinkers

Describe how one of the most practical driving tools is the turn signal. They signal where you want to move your car and let other drivers know what your plans are. No matter where your new driver is or whether there are any other vehicles nearby, encourage utilizing their blinkers. Your new driver should naturally use the blinkers, which will keep them and other drivers on the road safe.

Explain Impact of Weather on Road Conditions

It is advisable to avoid driving altogether if the weather is very poor. However, it is possible for it to rain after a trip has already started. Make sure they understand that headlights must be on when it is raining, as well as that the following distance behind other vehicles should be increased and they should drive a little slower.

Comply with All Traffic Laws

Drivers must comprehend and abide by a number of rules, including those pertaining to right-of-way and road signs. Just a few of them include driving under the speed limit, giving the car in front of you enough room, paying attention to traffic signs, and wearing a seatbelt at all times. Your new driver will be able to drive safely and comfortably if they know and follow the traffic rules; this will also benefit the other drivers on the road. 

 

We sincerely hope you’ll put these driving tips to good use and avoid getting a traffic ticket. But if you do, our experienced Miami traffic ticket lawyers are here to help! Please call (305) 515-5045 to speak with a red light camera violation attorney.

How Can I Get My Florida Driver’s License Back after a DUI?

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In Florida, drinking and driving is a serious offense. In most DUI cases, you will be required to pay penalties, have your vehicle seized, and, in certain situations, face jail time. What occurs as a result of your DUI is determined by the circumstances (such as blood alcohol content at the time, refusing to take a breath test, or having a minor in the vehicle). License suspension is another potential result of a DUI in Florida.

Even when a license is suspended in a DUI case, the conclusion, as to when you may be able to get your license back, varies depending on criteria such as prior convictions. According to Florida law, a first conviction can last anywhere from 180 days to one year, while a second conviction can last up to five years. If you have a third conviction, you will be facing a suspension for ten years. Many DUI cases will necessitate the services of a Miami traffic ticket lawyer to help you through the process.

However, once your suspension period has expired, you must follow these steps to reclaim your license at the DMV:

  • On time payment of reinstatement and administrative fees.
  • Proof of insurance.
  • If a judge orders it, you must submit documentation of completion of a substance addiction treatment program or DUI school.
  • Attend all court hearings and strictly follow any court directions or demands, such as community service hours. You will not be able to get your license back if you have not met the requirements set by a judge in court.

It can be unpleasant to have your license suspended, but it’s important to remember to do as the judge instructs.

 

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

Failure to Yield Penalties and Consequences in Florida

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Failure to yield is defined as when a vehicle fails to appropriately slow down or stop for a pedestrian who is crossing the road or for another vehicle that has the right-of-way. If there is no accident, damage, harm, or injury, this is normally charged as a noncriminal moving infraction, and fines and possible license points are assessed. If failure to yield leads in a collision that results in property damage, injuries, or fatalities, extra and more severe legal penalties may be imposed.

A violation of any failure to yield where there is no accident may result in a noncriminal moving penalty, according to chapter 318 of the Florida Statutes. There could be a $500 fine for doing this. Additional penalties and fines of up to $1,000 may apply if you fail to yield in places like schools or construction zones.

Citations for failure to yield may also result in license points and/or a suspension of the driver’s license. Traffic school may be required of drivers. In addition, drivers who are cited for a traffic infraction for failing to yield usually see an increase in their insurance premiums.

If there is an accident as a result of the failure to yield, extra fines may apply. This is especially true if there is a separate charge for speeding, dangerous driving, or driving while intoxicated. The magnitude of any property damage, vehicle damage, or injuries to third parties may also have an impact on the severity of the penalties.

If you are facing legal repercussions for failure to yield that results in an accident and you have doubts about the legality of the infringement, a Miami traffic ticket lawyer can help. Attorneys with experience in traffic law and moving infractions will have a thorough understanding of the relevant statutes and how law enforcement might interpret them.

 

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  at Hochman & Goldin, P.A. 

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.

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.

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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.

The Role of Technology in Traffic Violations

HochmanGoldinTechnology has become as much a part of our life as the bed in which we sleep. We look at our phones never to question if the time on the clock is correct. But what if it was wrong? What if your phone’s clock was 30 minutes off and you missed your non-refundable flight as a result?

 

It may appear to be a ridiculous question. But in an autonomous world, where everyday more and more cars are driving themselves, the inherent faith and trust placed in technology has resulted in fewer questions to be asked. This is especially true when it comes to legal issues. One such question often not asked until it’s too late, is who’s accountable if a car on autopilot causes a traffic violation?

 

In the vast majority of cases, the answer is the driver. And by that, we refer to the person behind the wheel. Because, according to the legislation and the corporations behind such automotive technologies, self-driving cars are not as autonomous as we may think. Self-driving cars are still a relatively new technology, and most experts believe they lack the judgment required to determine liability, as it stands now.

 

Big law is slow to change. Even while the law will never progress at the same rate as technology, many people feel that as technology advances, liability will move from the driver to the vehicle. But, until then, it is still the obligation of the human driver to always pay attention to the road, and especially not your phone.

 

More questions about traffic violations? Contact a Miami traffic ticket lawyer.

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.