¿Mi Licencia Esta Suspendida?

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¿Mi Licencia Esta Suspendida?

Su licencia de conducir puede estar suspendida por cualquiera de las siguientes razones:

  • una multa de tránsito pendiente
  • no asistir a una citación de la corte
  • excesivos puntos contra su licencia

A pesar de que manejar con la licencia suspendida en la Florida es un delito, muchas personas que tienen su licencia suspendida no lo saben y se enteran cuando ya es tarde.

Como Saber Si Mi Licencia Esta Suspendida

Puede comprobar el estado de su licencia de conducir por internet, visitando el sitio web del Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados de la Florida; simplemente introduzca su número de licencia de conducir y confirme que su licencia esté VALIDA.

Mi Licencia Esta Suspendida

Si ha comprobado cual es el estatus de su licencia, y su licencia esta SUSPENDIDA, hay dos cosas que debe tener en cuenta:

  1. NO MANEJE. Si la policía lo pilla conduciendo con su licencia suspendida en la Florida, esto es un delito grave que podría dar lugar al remolque de su vehículo, la confiscación de su licencia, y altas multas; además, dependiendo de las circunstancias, podría resultar en su detención, cargos criminales, y hasta cárcel.
  2. NO PAGUE ESA MULTA. No crea que por pagar esa multa de tránsito que a tenido pendiente por tiempo va a solucionar el problema. El pago de una multa es una admisión de culpabilidad que resulta en puntos contra su récord de conducir. Dichos puntos no sólo le aumentarán el costo de su prima de seguro, sino que le pueden volver a suspender su licencia. Además, el pago de ciertas multas puede dar lugar también a una revocación de 5 años de su licencia de conducir.

Afortunadamente, un abogado de multas de tránsito, como el abogado de TicketFit, puede ayudarlo. En TicketFit, nuestro abogado de multas de tráfico determinará el motivo de la suspensión, hará un plan de las medidas necesarias para resolverlo, y conseguirá que regrese a la carretera rápidamente. En la mayoría de los casos, podemos arreglar su suspensión en un plazo de 24 a 48 horas.

Tener la licencia de conducir suspendida, en muchos casos, le ha traído otras malas consequencias a los violadores, como por ejemplo: no han sido aceptados para buenos empleos, le han sido rechazadas sus solicitudes para residir en ciertas comunidades, o le han cancelado seguros o licencias profesionales.

Debido a la gravedad de tener una licencia suspendida, es muy importante que contrate de inmediato a un abogado experimentado para proteger su licencia y evitar complicaciones adicionales. Llame a TicketFit ahora al (305) 775-3720 para obtener asistencia. Con nosotros estará en buenas manos.

Is My Florida License Suspended?

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Is My License Suspended in Florida?

Your Florida driver license can be suspended for any of the following reasons:

  • an outstanding or unpaid traffic ticket,
  • a missed court date, or
  • excessive points on your license

And while knowingly driving with a suspended license in Florida is a crime, most people don’t know that their license is suspended.

How to Check Your License

You can check the status of your driver license online, by visiting the Florida Department of Motor Vehicle website; just enter your driver license number and confirm that your license is VALID.

My License is Suspended

If you have checked the status of your license and your license will soon be SUSPENDED or is currently SUSPENDED, there are two things to remember:

  1. DO NOT DRIVE. Getting caught driving with a suspended license in Florida is a serious offense that could lead to vehicle impoundment, confiscation of your license, and large fines; and depending on the circumstances, can result in your arrest, criminal charges, and jail time.
  2. DO NOT PAY. Don’t start paying off unpaid traffic tickets thinking this will fix your license. Paying a ticket is an admission of guilt resulting in points. Points not only increase your insurance premiums but can re-suspend your license. In addition, paying certain tickets off instead of contesting them can result in a 5-year revocation of your driver license.

Fortunately, a traffic ticket attorney such as TicketFit can help. At TicketFit, our traffic ticket attorney will determine the reason for your suspension, map out the steps necessary to resolve them, and get you back on the road quickly. In most cases, we can lift your suspension in 24 to 48 hours.

Because of the seriousness of a suspended license, it is important you hire an experienced traffic attorney immediately to protect your license and avoid additional complications. Call TicketFit now at (305) 775-3720 for immediate assistance.

3 Reasons for a Suspended License in Florida

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3 Reasons for a Suspended License in Florida

There are many reasons for a suspended license in Florida, some of these reasons are related to specific driving violations, while others may not. Here are the top 3 reasons:

1. Excessive Points

Florida operates on a point system, and every time you get a traffic ticket, points may be added to your driving record.

If you accumulate too many points, your Florida license will be suspended as follows:

  • 12 points within 12 months: 30-day suspension
  • 18 points within 18 months: 3-month suspension
  • 24 points within 36 months: one-year suspension

2. “Financial Responsibility” Suspensions

Under Florida law, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (the agency responsible for issuing driver licenses) can suspend your Florida driver’s license for any of the following:

  • You fail to pay court costs
  • You fail to have car insurance
  • You fail to satisfy a criminal or civil judgment (for example, you stop paying child support)

3. Outstanding Traffic Tickets

An outstanding traffic ticket is the most common reason for a suspended Florida license.

When you are issued a traffic ticket, you have 30 days from the date of issuance to satisfy it. Failure to satisfy your ticket, either by hiring an experienced traffic ticket attorney to fight on your behalf, or by handling it yourself, will result in the suspension of your Florida license.

However, because not all traffic tickets are issued in person (some traffic tickets can be mailed, such as a red light camera ticket), you may not even know you have one… or… more outstanding traffic tickets!

We Can Help Clear Your Suspension

If you have a suspended license in Florida, don’t panic. An experienced suspended license attorney such as TicketFit, can help you get it back. Call our traffic ticket lawyer now at (305) 775-3720 for immediate assistance!

Traffic Ticket for Using Your Apple Watch?

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That Apple Watch looks pretty impressive, but can you get a traffic ticket for using your watch while driving in Florida? Probably!

In 2013, the “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law,” Florida Statute 316.305, went into effect. This law was intended to improve roadway safety and prevent text-related crashes.

Under this law, it is illegal to drive “while manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters into a wireless communications device or while sending or reading data on such a device for the purpose of nonvoice interpersonal communication, including, but not limited to, communication methods known as texting, e-mailing, and instant messaging.”

Although the term “wireless communications device” is defined as as a handheld device, it is unreasonable to believe that an Apple Watch, with some of the features of a smart phone, would not fall under this definition.

Don’t risk getting a traffic ticket, or worse, endangering others, keep your hands on the wheel. Remember, no text is worth a life.

TicketFit is a traffic ticket law firm that fights all tickets issued in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County. Call us now at (305) 775-3720 and speak directly to our attorney.

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Florida Speeding Tickets 101

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FLORIDA SPEEDING TICKET BASICS

Got a speeding ticket in Florida? You’re not alone. According to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles, more than 5 million traffic tickets are issued each year. However, before you pay that speeding ticket, consider the consequences for your license and insurance premium.

Paying your speeding ticket is an admission of guilt, which results in points against your license. Depending upon how many points you have, your license may be suspended as follows:

  • 12 points within a 12-month period results in a 30 day suspension
  • 18 points within an 18-month period results in a 3-month suspension, and
  • 24 points within a 36-month period results in a 1-year suspension.

In addition, points are used by your insurance company to determine whether to increase your premiums or deny coverage. In fact, just one ticket can increase your insurance premiums by as much as 22%.

So how serious a speeding ticket anyway? Depending upon how many miles over the speed limit you were driving, the penalties are as such:

14 MPH OR LESS OVER

Getting a ticket for going 15 mph or less over the limit carries with it a fine of about $219 (it varies slightly by County) and 3 points on your license.

15 TO 29 MPH OVER

A speeding ticket for going 15 mph or more over the speed limit carries with it a higher fine, up to $294 in Miami-Dade County, along with 4 points on your license.

30 MPH OR MORE OVER

Going 30 mph or more over the speed limit will require your appearance in court; simply paying a fine is not an option. However, if you are found guilty you can be facing up to $500 in fines, 4 points on your license, and license suspension.

50 MPH OR MORE OVER

If you are charged with driving 50 mph over the speed limit, your appearance in court is also required. If convicted, you will be facing a $1000 fine and 4 points on your license.  On a second offense, the fine is up to $2500 and your license will be revoked for one year.  On a third offense you will be criminally charged with a third degree felony, a fine of up to $5000, and the loss of your driver’s license for up to 10 years.

WHY YOU SHOULD FIGHT BACK

Because of the seriousness of a speeding traffic ticket, you may want to consider hiring a speeding ticket lawyer, such as TicketFit, to contest your ticket. Our attorney is skilled at challenging all speeding tickets and will review the facts surrounding the initial stop, look for errors on the ticket, and fight to get your case dismissed.

Ready to fight back? Call TicketFit at (305) 775-3720 for a free consultation.

Florida Red Light Camera Ticket Basics

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At TicketFit, our traffic ticket attorney gets calls about red light camera tickets all the time, and although everyone’s initial reaction is to fight back, we want to make sure you understand how these violations work first.

1. Have you received a $158 Notice of Violation?

ticketfit red light camera ticket Within 30 days after you allegedly run a red light at a “photo enforced” intersection, you will receive a “Notice of Violation” in the mail. This notice is not a traffic ticket, and does not result in points against your license or affect your insurance premiums if paid.

As such, you should consider the following:

If the video/photos show your vehicle crossing the intersection or making a left turn on red, you are better off paying the $158 fine and not contesting it.

However, if you were making a permissible right on red, you should consider contesting the violation as the chances of getting it dismissed in court are high.

To contest a Notice of Violation you simply disregard the due date on the notice and wait for a “Uniform Traffic Citation” (see next section) to be mailed.

2. Have you been mailed a $277 red light camera ticket?

If you fail to pay the Notice of Violation by the due date, or decided to contest it, a $277 red light camera ticket (known as a “Florida Uniform Traffic Citation”) will be issued to you by certified mail within 60 days.

Upon receipt of a red light camera ticket, you have 30 days to contest it. At this point, there’s no going back. You can no longer pay the initial Notice of Violation and we advise you not pay the fine, as doing so will result in a conviction on your driving record.

Fortunately, an experienced traffic ticket attorney, such as TicketFit, can help. Our traffic ticket attorney will request a court date and fight aggressively for that dismissal. Call us now at (305) 775-3720 to get started.

3. Has your license been suspended due to an outstanding red light camera ticket?

If you forget to satisfy your red light camera ticket within 30 days, your license will be suspended. If that’s not enough, your $277 ticket will go to collections where it will DOUBLE in price!

Because driving with a suspended license is a serious traffic offense, it is extremely important you contact our traffic ticket attorney at (305) 775-3720 for immediate assistance! In most cases we can waive your late fees, lift the suspension, and avoid a conviction on your driving record.

3. Have you lost your $158 Notice of Violation or $277 Uniform Traffic Citation?

Most $158 Notices of Violations are issued by a company called American Traffic Solutions. To obtain a copy of your violation call their customer service line at  (866)-790-4111. Provide your vehicle’s tag number and they will give you the notice number and pin of your violation. With that information, you can log into violationinfo.com and view your video.

If you lost your $277 Uniform Traffic Citation our traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us now at (305) 775-3720 and have your driver license number handy!

BONUS: How to Avoid a Red Light Camera Ticket

3 Unexpected Reasons for Getting Pulled Over in Florida

Getting Pulled Over in Florida

Getting pulled over in Florida for speeding or running a red light shouldn’t surprise you, but getting stopped for any of the following violations may:

1. Expired Tags

In Florida, driving with an expired tag is a serious traffic offense. If your tag expired within the last six months, you will be issued a traffic ticket with a monetary fine. However, if your tag expired more than six months ago, you may be facing arrest, criminal charges, and, if convicted, jail time.

Don’t get pulled over for an expired tag, look at the expiration date on your license plate. Is it expired? Renew it online; and if you have already been issued a ticket, call our traffic ticket attorney at (305) 775-3720 to fight back!

2. Driving With a Suspended License

While there is no good reason you should knowingly be driving on a suspended license, your license may sometimes be suspended without your knowledge. This is particularly common if you recently moved and failed to change the address on your license, as any suspension notice will be sent to your old address, or if you have an outstanding traffic ticket that you are unaware of.

Fortunately, it’s easy to avoid getting pulled over for Driving While License Suspended. If you recently moved, update your address, and if you want to check for outstanding traffic tickets, call our traffic ticket lawyer at (305) 775-3720 for a free consultation.

3. Improper or Unsafe Equipment

Driving a vehicle without functioning break lights or turn signals is not only dangerous, but an easy way to get pulled over in Florida. However, the most “equipment” related stops are for illegal tints!

Avoid getting pulled over by checking your car. Are all lights working? Are the side mirrors attached (no duct tape please)? Any cracked windows? As for those tints, take your car to a local window tinting shop to make sure they are in compliance with Florida tint laws.

Hopefully you won’t get pulled over for any of the above reasons, but if you do, contact TicketFit at (305) 775-3720. Our traffic ticket lawyer handles all traffic tickets issued in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County, including traffic tickets for expired tag, driving while license suspended, and improper or unsafe equipment.

 

How to Avoid a Red Light Camera Ticket

Nothing is more exciting than receiving a red light camera ticket in the mail. Especially if a $277 fine is attached to it!

Fine, fine… we all know Florida red light camera tickets suck. Fortunately, avoiding them doesn’t have to. Here are three things you can do to prevent a ticket:

1. Look for the Photo Enforced Sign

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As you are approaching the intersection the first thing you want to know is whether a red light camera is installed. Luckily, this is easy; just look for the “Photo Enforced” sign that should be posted within a reasonable distance from the intersection.

2. Pay Attention to the Stop Line

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Next, you want to pay attention to the stop line.

A red light camera is triggered by a sensor that is installed around this line, so if you want to avoid getting a ticket, it is very important you know where to stop when that light turns red.

If the back tires of your car pass this line before the light turns red, the trigger will not activate and the camera will not flash.

If the light turns red and you stop right over the line, the trigger will not fully activate but the camera may flash once. Don’t worry, you won’t receive a red light camera ticket for this.

However, if the light turns red and your vehicle is behind the line, you better stop, or the trigger will activate and the camera will flash twice; resulting in a very expensive ticket!

3. Know When to Make a Right Turn

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Although Florida Law does permit right turns on red, they must me made in a “careful and prudent manner” and at intersections “where right-hand turns are permissible.”

So if you plan to make a right turn on red, you better be sure it’s allowed at that intersection.

How would you know? Either a separate “No Turn On Red” sign will be posted or the bottom of the “Photo Enforced” sign (see first photo above) will say that it “includes right turns.”

And there you go! Hopefully I just saved you from an expensive red light camera ticket, but if you still happen to get one in Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach County, call TicketFit at (305) 775-3270 for a free consultation. We’re available 7 days a week.

 

Speeding Tickets 101 – Speeding 30+ MPH Over

At TicketFit, the most common traffic ticket our attorney defends are tickets for speeding. However, not all speeding tickets in South Florida are created equal.

Although driving as little as 10 miles over the limit can result in a fine and points on your driver license, speeding 30+ mph over the speed limit is a serious traffic offense with even harsher consequences.

Mandatory Court Appearance

If you were cited for driving 30 miles or more over the speed limit in Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach County, you don’t have the option of paying a fine or electing driving school, the speeding ticket is automatically set for a hearing with mandatory court appearance.

Because court appearance is required, you must attend the hearing or hire a speeding ticket attorney to attend the hearing for you. Otherwise, your license will be suspended.

Expensive Fines

Speeding ticket fines are already expensive, ranging anywhere from $200 to $500 in Miami-Dade and Broward County, but if you are found guilty of driving 30+ miles over the speed limit, your fine may reach up to $1,000. In addition, some judges will suspend your license.

Points on Your Driver License

Florida works on a point system, and every time you are cited for speeding, points may added to your driving record.

A speeding ticket for driving 15 mph or less over the speed limit carries with it 3 points; however, speeding 30+ mph over the speed limit can result in 4 points on your license, and 6 points if it resulted in a crash.

Excessive points lead to the suspension of your driver license. Points are also used by your insurance company to determine whether or not to raise your premiums or deny coverage completely.

Why Hire an Attorney

Hiring a traffic ticket law firm, such as TicketFit, that specializes in speeding tickets can help you in two ways:

First, you will not have to attend the arraignment (first court date listed on your ticket) or any subsequent hearings.

Second, and more importantly, an experienced speeding ticket lawyer has the skills necessary to aggressively fight to get your ticket dismissed, negotiate a smaller fine, or, at a minimum, keep points off your driving record.

So before you waste time in traffic court, spend money unnecessarily, and put your license at risk, call our traffic ticket lawyer at (305) 775-3720 or email us a copy of your ticket for a free consultation!

Careless Driving Ticket in Florida?

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Careless Driving in Florida

Careless driving is defined under Florida Statute 316.1925 as any person who fails to drive in a “careful and prudent manner.”

You can be issued a traffic ticket for careless driving if you were allegedly speeding, weaving through traffic, following another vehicle too closely, or if you were involved in an accident and the officer blamed you.

However, before you pay that ticket and automatically get points on your driving record, which can result in higher insurance rates and suspension of your license, here are three reasons you should always fight back:

1) Accident Reports Are Inadmissible

Does the accident report show that you were at fault? Who cares! Florida Statute 316.066 clearly states that “no such report or statement shall be used as evidence in any trial, civil or criminal.”

In other words, accident reports are inadmissible in court.

2) The Officer Didn’t Witness the Accident

In almost every “careless driving” case the officer did not witness the accident, so he or she is unable to testify against you in court.

Because the officer cannot testify against you, the only way you can be found guilty of careless driving is through the testimony of witness or other drivers at the scene.

3) Most People Have Never Testified in Court

Police officers testify in court all the time. They are familiar with the elements of a traffic offense and know what needs to be established for the traffic ticket to stick.

On the other hand, most individuals never see the inside of a courtroom, let alone have to testify in one!

A good cross-examination of a witness by an experienced traffic ticket lawyer can demonstrate just how difficult it is to prove that you were driving carelessly. The witness may not remember what they observed 3 to 4 months ago at the accident scene, or they may not describe the facts with enough detail to convince a judge that you are at fault.

Are You Ready to Fight Your Careless Driving Ticket?

So without an accident report, a police officer testifying against you, or a convincing witness, it should be clear why careless driving tickets are among the most often dismissed tickets in our office and should always be fought.

If you have received a careless driving ticket in Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach County, call our traffic ticket lawyer now at (305) 775-3720 and fight back.