By: Miami Ticket Lawyer Albert Quirantes
One second, you’re making good time on a Miami causeway or a Fort Lauderdale highway. The next, you see flashing blue lights in your rearview mirror. The cop says you were going at least 10 or 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. Maybe you were.
So what’s the point of getting a traffic ticket defense lawyer to fight the ticket instead of just paying up?
The best reason is that, with the right attorney, fighting the ticket could end up costing you a lot less than just paying the ticket would.
When you pay a ticket:
- Assuming you have no other tickets, you’re still looking at an insurance rate hike – by as much as 30%. And possibly more, if this won’t be your first.
- You’re getting points on your drivers license, bringing you closer to a potential license suspension down the road if you get more tickets.
- You’re admitting you’re guilty; if you ever get another ticket down the road, the judge considering that case and your insurance company will remember this.
- You’re losing your safe driver’s status for three years.
But is getting a lawyer even worth it? How does a ticket defense lawyer fight your speeding ticket? If the radar gun said you were going 12 mph over the speed limit, is that the end of it?
Not by a longshot. A Miami ticket lawyer with experience fighting speeding tickets knows that there are a lot of hoops that the police have to jump through before any evidence from a radar gun or similar device can even be admitted into evidence against you.
Fight Your Speeding Ticket
This is where your traffic ticket lawyer’s knowledge and experience kicks in. Section 316.1906(2), Florida Statutes, has a long list of requirement for the police officer using the radar gun. The cop:
- Has to have completed a certain radar training course, AND
- Must make an independent determination that your car was speeding, AND
- Must write the ticket based on evidence from the radar “when conditions permit the clear assignment of speed to a single vehicle,” AND
- Can’t be using radar with audio alarms or automatic speed locks, AND
- Has to have been using the radar with “audio Doppler engaged” – that is, a backup audible signal connected to the radar’s Doppler shift, AND
- is using ONLY a radar unit that meets the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ design criteria.
If the State can’t prove every single one of those requirements was met, then evidence from that radar gun is inadmissible and can’t be used against you in court.
But wait – what if they can? Your experienced ticket defense lawyer hasn’t even begun to fight, because there’s still more they have to do.
Section 316.1905 lists some more requirements that the State has to comply with, or that radar reading can’t be used against you. The radar and laser devices have to be tested at least every six months. Your attorney can file a motion to make sure the police officer who actually operated the device must appear in court to testify against you.
And there’s more – The best speeding ticket lawyers in south Florida are intimately familiar with Chapter 15B-2 of the Florida Administrative Code, which lays out all kinds of rules to be complied with prior to allowing evidence gathered by the use of speed measuring devices in Florida to be used in Court. You just have to know when and how to object.
That’s not the only thing your traffic ticket attorney can do. An experienced ticket defense lawyer knows more than the technicalities and various ways to attack a ticket. If all else fails, he can also help by aggressively negotiating a plea bargain on a tough ticket. That could mean a lower fine and fewer or no points on your license.
The best news is that having this experience on your side is affordable. If you got a speeding ticket in Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, or Monroe County, then call or visit “The Q”, Albert Quirantes of the Ticket Law Center. I offer flat fee and payment plan options so that you can retain an aggressive traffic defense lawyer without putting yourself and your family through additional financial turmoil. You can read about some of the clients I’ve helped in almost three decades of ticket defense right here.
If you’d like more information, have a look at “I Got A Speeding Ticket in South Florida! Now What?” And you can learn some ways to avoid a speeding ticket in the first place by reading “10 Ways to Avoid a Speeding Ticket Legally.”
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