What Do You Do When You Get a Traffic Ticket?
We all have seen them. Every morning when we rise from bed and before we leave the house to head to work, we turn on the news station and see their commercials blaring out, “Traffic Ticket! Car Accident!” Call 1-800- so and so and be alleviated of stress. If you ever been in a car accident or was issued a traffic ticket we’re pretty sure you were at least tempted to dial one of those 1-800 numbers in hopes of alleviating your accident and or traffic ticket nightmare. The commercials make it look really easy to clear up any issues you have with a car accident or a traffic ticket. Although there are times it can be really easy to fix such issue, in the legal world, getting out of a traffic ticket ordeal or a car accident fiasco is at times very much complicated.
Here are the basics when it comes to a civil infraction traffic ticket:
Under the Florida statutes, a civil infraction traffic ticket involves a person who is suspected of committing a non-criminal traffic infraction, either moving or non-moving. A moving violation normally assesses points against the driver license while non-moving violations do not. These violations are not punishable by incarceration and there is no right to trial by jury or to court-appointed counsel. Examples of moving violations include failing to yield at a stop sign and careless driving, and examples of non-moving violations deal with improper parking and not wearing a seatbelt while you or other passengers are in the vehicle.
Here are the following options for resolving civil infraction traffic tickets:
Option 1: Pay the civil penalty.
Paying the civil penalty for civil infraction traffic ticket can be made in person, by mail or through the Internet. But points may be assessed against your license and when you accumulate too many points your license is liable to suspension. In addition, a driver with points on their licenses usually faces above-average premiums.
Option 2: Attend a defensive driving course.
This option allows points not to be assessed against your license, and this option is not available for those who had been issued a civil infraction civil infraction traffic ticket while holding a commercial driver’s license.
Option 3: Request a court hearing.
If you are found guilty the presiding judge may add-on stiff penalties. In Miami, this is usually the best option if you hire an attorney with any ability whatsoever.
Criminal Traffic Ticket
A criminal traffic ticket is given to drivers who are suspected of committing a traffic violation, punishable as a misdemeanor offense. A police officer can arrest a driver who is charged with a criminal traffic offense. Examples of criminal traffic violations include driving under the influence, reckless driving, knowingly driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.
Under Florida statutes, you must appear in court if you receive a citation for a criminal traffic offense. Court dates are sent by mail and failure to appear in court can result in a bench warrant.
It is never easy dealing with the court system. Laws consistently change and unethical third parties are always trying to find new ways to make a profit out of your legal hassles. At the Carlos P. Gonzalez law firm, we go far and beyond for our clients. Let us guide you through any civil infraction traffic ticket and criminal traffic offense you are going through. We’re just one phone call away.