Florida Traffic Violation Defense Attorneys
Fighting Traffic Infractions & Criminal Offenses
Getting a traffic ticket can be a frustrating experience. What happens, however, when a traffic violation results in criminal charges? Traffic violations in the State of Florida are more than just tickets for speeding or other minor incidents. There is a whole body of legal law dedicated to traffic violations, from minor offenses to serious charges – including vehicular homicide.
The penalties for criminal traffic violations in the State of Florida can vary wildly depending on many factors, including the seriousness of the offense, whether or not anyone was injured or killed, and the past driving record of the driver.
If you are charged with a criminal traffic violation or simply a traffic infraction, you owe it to yourself to find an attorney who thoroughly understands the complexities of Florida’s legal system. In this situation, you need a lawyer who will fight for you. The Berman Law Group has built a reputation as fearless defenders of Floridian drivers. With decades of experience, we have the knowledge and skill to help you fight your criminal traffic violation charges and clear your name.
If you need an experienced defender, call The Berman Law Group right now at (800) 883-5206 for a free consultation.
What Is a Criminal Traffic Violation?
A criminal traffic violation occurs when an individual commits a criminal offense while operating a motor vehicle. Criminal traffic violations are much more severe than civil traffic violations, carry much more substantial fines than traffic tickets, and result in the driver receiving misdemeanor or felony charges on their criminal record.
Criminal traffic violations include driving under the influence (DUI), which is classified as a misdemeanor for first-time offenders.
Other examples of common criminal traffic violations include, but are not limited to:
- No valid vehicle registration
- Driving with a suspended driver’s license
- Driving with an expired or no valid driver’s license
- Permitting an unauthorized person to drive your vehicle
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Reckless driving
- Being a habitual traffic offender
- Refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test
Common Penalties for Criminal Traffic Violations
Many criminal traffic violations are classified as misdemeanors, but you could be charged with a felony, and this is especially true of those charged with a DUI that resulted in serious bodily injury or death, or those deemed a habitual traffic offender. Even if you are accused of a misdemeanor, criminal traffic violations carry the possibility of a jail or prison sentence.
Other consequences may include:
- Suspension or revocation of your driver’s license
- Community service
- House arrest
- Mandatory traffic safety courses
- Impoundment of your vehicle
If you have been arrested or charged with a criminal traffic violation, it is imperative that you obtain legal counsel immediately after you are charged. Make sure you get an attorney who is willing to fight for your rights.
What Is a Traffic Infraction?
When you receive a traffic infraction, you usually receive a traffic ticket. A traffic infraction doesn’t require attending a hearing or trial traffic court unless the driver tries to dispute it. There is also no punishment by incarceration when you receive a traffic infraction.
Most serious crimes need proof of criminal intent to write someone a ticket. However, a traffic infraction is known as a “strict liability offense.” This means that the only form of proof needed to accuse someone of a crime is that they committed it. Some examples of strict liability offenses include speeding, making an illegal U-turn, not using a turn signal and letting time on a parking meter run out.
Types of Traffic Infractions
There are two main types of traffic infractions: Moving and non-moving violations. Moving violations are taken more seriously than non-moving violations since there is a higher chance for an accident and other inherent dangers. Because of this, fines for a moving violation are also higher.
Examples of moving violations include, but are not limited to:
- Driving over or under the speed limit
- Reckless driving
- Running a stop sign or a red light
- Driving without a seatbelt
Non-moving violations count whether you were parked or after you were pulled over. Many tickets for non-moving violations come from parking violations.
Examples of non-moving violations include:
- Parking in a no-parking zone
- Parking in front of a fire hydrant
- Parking by an expired parking meter
- Illegal vehicle modification or car equipment problems
- Window tint that is darker than the law allows
- Having illegal lights on your car
- Driving with an expired or suspended license
- Driving without insurance
Consequences of a Traffic Infraction
The consequences of receiving a traffic infraction in Florida range from a ticket to getting your license suspended. Traffic infraction fines usually depend on the severity of the violation and your driving record. If you have received multiple traffic infraction tickets, the fine is likely to be higher in price. Ticket prices depend on what occurred. For example, a ticket for speeding or failing to yield can range from $75 to $400. You can also lose driving privileges if you receive at least three moving violations within a span of three to five years.
Consult with The Berman Law Group
Whether you want to challenge a traffic infraction or fight the severe penalties of a criminal traffic offense, make sure you have a solid team by your side. The Berman Law Group’s experienced and dedicated team of Florida traffic violation attorneys is here to help you with any traffic-related charges.
Call us today at (800) 883-5206 for a free consultation.
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