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What Are The Most Common Types Of Traffic Offenses In Pinellas County And Hillsborough County?

As a practicing traffic defense attorney in both Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, there are several civil and criminal offenses that I see quite frequently. In terms of civil infractions, the most common thing I see is speeding. In terms of criminal infractions, I most commonly see DUIs and reckless driving. Another infraction I see frequently is driving on a suspended license, which can be classified as a civil matter or a criminal matter depending on whether or not you knew your license was suspended at the time. If you can show you were unaware your license was suspended, it becomes a civil matter, but if you cannot, it becomes a more serious criminal matter. Read More

What Are The Penalties Associated With Civil Traffic Violations In Florida?

For civil violations, associated penalties depend on the type of traffic violation. When it comes to speeding, for instance, the potential penalties can include 3-4 points added to your license, as well as fines and traffic school. Hiring an attorney can help you first and foremost with avoiding points, which avoids the associated premium hikes. We can also help negotiate the fines down, as well as the time spent in traffic school. Often, people believe that they do not need to hire an attorney for civil matters because there is no potential jail time involved. However, this belief isn’t really accurate, and should be re-examined. In fact, hiring an attorney can drastically reduce the costs and other potential repercussions of taking on a full penalty for a civil traffic violation. These cases involve many potential exceptions, rule requirements, and technicalities that can confuse and stymie a layperson, but which an attorney will know how to navigate. Read More

Christopher Shaw, Esq.

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