As discussed in Part 1 of our Guide to Florida Traffic Tickets, a ticket serves as legal notice that you have allegedly committed a traffic offense, which will be classified as a criminal violation or a civil infraction.
Criminal Traffic Violations
A criminal traffic violation charge means that you have been suspected of committing a traffic violation punishable by fine, jail sentence, or both. In addition, points may be assessed against your Florida driver’s license.
- Driving Under the Influence
- Reckless Driving
- Driving with a Suspended License
- Expired Registration
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident
In criminal traffic cases, you must appear in court (unless represented by an attorney in most cases), and failure to appear results in a bench warrant being issued for your arrest.
Civil Traffic Infractions
A civil traffic infraction charge means that you have been suspected of committing a non-criminal traffic violation punishable by fine only. However, points may also be assessed resulting in higher insurance rates and suspension or revocation of your license.
These violations are further classified as either moving or non-moving, depending upon whether your vehicle was in motion at the time of the offense.
Examples of moving violations include:
- Careless Driving
- Running a Stop Sign
- Improper Lane Change
- Following Too Closely
- Making an Illegal Turn
Examples of non-moving violations include:
- Not wearing a seat belt
- Illegal tints
- No proof of insurance or registration
Because of the serious impact a traffic ticket can have on your driving and criminal record, it is extremely important you consider your options carefully!
and at any time, contacting an experienced traffic ticket attorney, such as TicketFit, to protect your driving and criminal record.
At TicketFit, our traffic ticket attorney can help you achive no points, no school, and a dismissal of your case or fine reduction. Call TicketFit now at (305) 775-3720 for a free consultation.
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