Chances are if you have been driving any length of time, you have come face to face with the very real possibility of a speeding ticket (or have even gotten one!) It may seem like a huge mess, but if you keep a few things in mind, you should be prepared and far less stressed next time you get pulled over for speeding.
Did you know you accumulate points on your driver’s license? These depend on how fast you were driving and if you got into an accident. Going less than 15 miles over the speed limit will land you three points, but if you were going any faster, you will get four points. Got into an accident because of your speeding? That will earn you six points. Texting while driving will also automatically add 3 points to your primary offense.
Twelve points in any 12-month period will get you a 30-day license suspension in Florida.
Minor violations will allow you to attend online school for basic driver improvement – it will keep points off your license and lower any fines associated with the ticket.
High-speed speeding tickets are in a class all their own. Going 50 miles per hour or more over the speed limit could land you in jail, especially if it occurs with other offenses. You will likely be charged with reckless driving and could face third-degree felony charges. This will result in five years of prison time, ten years of license revocation, and up to $5,000 in fines.
Your best bet is not to speed at all. Take caution and pay attention to the road signs indicating the speed limits wherever you are driving.
This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.