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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.

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.

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.

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.

Point System in Florida

Hochman BlogTraffic points in Florida keep track of violations a driver has committed. Points are added for each traffic ticket received. If a driver accumulates enough points, consequences such as license suspension may occur. If you find yourself facing license suspension, contact a Miami expungement attorney at Hochman & Goldin, P.A. – we may be able to help fight your ticket.

 

The point system is meant to encourage drivers to follow the rules of the road and avoid even the smallest offenses, as they can quickly add up. However, points are not added right away. They only get added to a record if the ticket is paid – ultimately being considered an admission of guilt – which is why it is important to have a Miami traffic ticket lawyer to help fight tickets you feel were unwarranted.

 

The following violations can add points to your license:

 

  • Speeding up to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit: 3 points

  • Speeding over 15 miles per hour over the speed limit: 4 points

  • If speeding causes a car accident: 6 points

  • Failing to yield to a pedestrian: 3 points

  • Littering: 3 points

  • Reckless driving: 4 points

  • Careless driving: 3 points

  • Not using child restraints correctly: 3 points

  • Failing to yield for a school bus: 4 points

  • If you flee the scene of a crash (over $50 worth of damage): 6 points

 

Points stay with you for three years, and if you stack up too many, you will likely face a license suspension of one yet. However, depending on the number of points on your record, the amount of time will differ. 12 points in one year may lead to 30 days, 18 points within 18 months could cause a three-month suspension, and 24 points in two years will likely result in a year-long suspension.

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.