Florida Traffic Tickets – Revenue Raisers or Traffic Controllers?

By October 28, 2015Traffic Tickets

By: Miami Ticket Lawyer Albert Quirantes 305-644-1800

In the light of a recent news report that revealed $148 million worth of tickets were issued for red light violators caught on red light cameras in the last year, it should be noted that this is not the only way Florida is gaining revenue from unsuspecting drivers.

Traffic tickets are issued to drivers in Florida for a variety oftraffic law violations. When a citation is received by a supposed violator it usually indicates the statute number of the violation. It also provides details of when and how the fine should be paid.

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You are compelled to reply to the citation by either paying the requested fine within thirty (30) days or attending a court appearance. If you fail to respond you would most likely face a drivers  license suspension and you could be suspended for driving while license suspended (DWLS). If you are in this situation, it would be advisable to seek the help of a Miami traffic violation attorney to help you through your court case.

The majority of traffic tickets are issued in Florida for offenses which are referred to as “strict-liability” offenses. This means that all that is needed to convict a driver is evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that the act was committed. Speeding, failing to use turn signals, parking where only handicapped drivers are permitted to park and overstaying time on a parking meter are all classified as strict liability offenses.

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Violations are also classified as to whether the vehicle was moving or stationary when the offense was committed. A moving violation can include speeding or failing to keep up to the minimum speed, running a red light or stop sign, not wearing a seatbelt and careless driving. Criminal moving violations include reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

A non moving violation includes illegally parking, such as in a handicapped driver’s parking space, allowing a vehicle’s registration to lapse or be in possession of an invalid registration, failure to display a valid license plate and leaving a vehicle when the engine is still on.  Criminal non-moving violations include driving with an expired tag or drivers license over six months, driving without a license or while license suspended.

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If you plead guilty to a ticket or do not contest it, you will normally be required to pay a fine. The amount will vary according to the perceived severity of the offence. There are also future implications such as accumulation of points which raise insurance rates and cause drivers license suspensions. If you plead guilty to a traffic infraction such as a moving violation this is reported automatically to driver license offices throughout Florida.

Details about traffic convictions are shared interstate too. Florida routinely provides information concerning traffic ticket convictions to other states. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in Florida, like most other states, maintains a penalty points system which means you accrue points on your driving record if you are charged with a traffic offense. If you accumulate enough points, your driver’s license could be suspended.

If you are unsure whether you actually committed a traffic violation you have received a citation for or are sure you didn’t do it, you can hire a Florida traffic ticket defense lawyer who will be able to represent you without your attending court.  There are many high volume ticket mills in Florida as a result of the increase in traffic citations issued.  A driver should be cautious when retaining an attorney.

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Read reviews, recommendations and qualifications of the attorney and it is advisable to actually meet your ticket lawyer to determine whether you are  getting someone who will actually put the time and effort into beating your ticket or will simply go take a plea bargain at the first hearing and leave you with a fine and a record.  In this as in any other area of law, you get what you pay for. Once the case is done, you may not be able to reverse the outcome.

The state of Florida is keen to get your dollars and will pursue you with a traffic ticket however small your supposed violation. Mistakes are often made when traffic tickets are issued and you may need a Florida traffic ticket defense attorney like Albert Quirantes at Ticket Law Center, a traffic ticket defense law firm in Miami, to help challenge your ticket.  Mr. Quirantes has personally been defending traffic cases since 1988.

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If you have any questions about this article or any traffic ticket defense issue in Florida, please visit our website, www.TicketLawyer.com, which has direct links to text us, phone us or get a map and driving directions to our centrally located office in Miami, Florida. 305-644-1800.

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