Most people assume that when they get pulled over by the police and receive a traffic ticket, they have to pay the resulting fine. But what many do not realize is that you have the ability to fight the ticket.
This is especially true if you feel like you were given the ticket out due to a mistake or some other extenuating circumstance. This blog will touch on traffic citations and how to best fight a ticket if you were to get one.
What happens when you get a traffic ticket in Florida?
When you get pulled over and receive a citation, the officer will give you a document that will direct you to court. If it is the result of an accident, you will likely be asked to appear in court. But you always have the option of fighting your ticket.
If you need to appear in court and the officer does not show, it will likely result in a dismissal of your charge. If the officer does show up, you will need to make sure you have your evidence in order to prove your case. The judge will listen to both your evidence and the officer’s evidence and will make a ruling.
How can getting a Florida traffic ticket impact your life?
When you receive a ticket here in Florida, it can greatly impact your life moving forward. When you get a traffic citation, you can be held responsible in more than one area. It is likely when you receive a traffic situation, your insurance premiums will go up. And quite honestly, if you receive too many citations in a short period of time, your insurance company could drop you as one of their insured.
You will also be given a fine based on the severity of the traffic offense and could potentially face a license suspension. You should also consider how this will affect your day-to-day life if you were to get your license suspended. Not having a means of commuting back and forth to work or to school can be a big problem.
How do points on a license work when you get a traffic ticket?
When you receive a ticket, points will typically be added to your license. The number of points that you may receive varies depending on the type of violation that you have committed. If it was a relatively minor violation, you are typically looking at getting three points added to your license.
Mid-level offenses will result in four points being added to your license, and serious offenses will add a total of six points to your license. If you get more than 12 points within 12 months, you are likely to lose your license for 30 days.
You could lose your license for three months if you get 18 points within 18 months, and you will likely get a full year suspension if you get 24 points in 36 months.
You do have the option if your license has been suspended to apply for a hardship license. You will typically have to complete traffic school and pay a reinstatement fee. However, once that is completed, you typically can get a license that would allow you to drive for employment-related matters or other necessary functions.
Should you hire a Florida attorney to handle fighting your traffic ticket?
When you receive a traffic citation, it is oftentimes a good idea to consider hiring an attorney if you intend on fighting the ticket. An attorney can speak with you about the citation and help prepare a defense. They have likely been to traffic court before and know what to ask the police and the judge.
They know how to plea your case and they have an idea typically of the best way to keep points off your license and/or reduce the fine you may have to pay. Here at the Lopez Law Group, we can help you navigate through your traffic citation.
If you have to appear in court and intend to fight your ticket, our experienced traffic attorneys know how to handle your case correctly. We have experience in the courtroom dealing directly with traffic court judges, and we will keep you apprised of the situation every step of the way.
Do not hesitate to call our office at 727-933-0015 if you or someone you know received a traffic citation and is looking for legal representation. Our experienced attorneys are standing by ready to assist.