Fighting Your Traffic Tickets In Safety Harbor, Florida
For traffic tickets the main point is points (obvious pun). An experienced attorney can negotiate with the court and officers to avoid having points assessed after a moving violation.
Why Fight A Ticket Instead Of Paying It Off?
If you simply pay a ticket you admit guilt and obtain points on your license, which insurance companies use to drastically increase your rates. By taking it to court, you can very likely avoid those points (and even having to attend traffic school). Sometimes we are even able to reduce the fine associated with the ticket as well.
If The Court Finds Me Guilty, What Happens Next?
In civil court, the best-case scenario is usually getting a Withhold of Adjudication. As mentioned previously, a judge issuing this ruling is not technically finding you guilty, or is withholding the decision of guilt. This means that you get no points on your license and can’t have your insurance rates raised (except for if your insurance company had to pay damages to another driver as a result of the infraction.) If you get a Withhold of Adjudication in civil court, you will still be responsible for the relevant fines, and potentially going to traffic school for 4-12 hours. Still, you will be accomplishing your main prerogative, which is to avoid a guilty verdict without the qualification of a Withhold of Read More
What Additional Penalties Could A Habitual Offender Face For Civil And Criminal Traffic Violations In Florida?
In both civil and criminal traffic matters, habitual offenders (sometimes referred to as habitualized drivers) are people who have multiple traffic violations. They face steeper penalties than offenders with less extensive records. If you are a habitual traffic offender, a traffic violation may lead to a mandatory license suspension or even a license revocation. Furthermore, they may find themselves facing more serious charges specifically because of their past violations. For instance, if your previous charges caused your license to be suspended and you are caught driving anyway, you could face an aggravated charge. This can turn a civil matter into a criminal matter, and a misdemeanor into a felony. Read More
Are There Any Law Enforcement Mistakes That Can Get My Traffic Violation Case Dismissed?
There are no law enforcement mistakes that can get a traffic case automatically dismissed. However, there are many law enforcement mistakes that can get your case dismissed if you address the mistake in court. The law presumes that officers are correct until challenged. If you believe that there were mistakes made by the officer that could get the case dismissed, your best bet is to hire an attorney and explain the situation to them. Your attorney will look at the citation, listen to the mistakes you think the officer made, and find any additional mistakes they think the officer made. To the trained eye, many of these mistakes will be relatively easy to find right there on the ticket. Read More