Many people who are ticketed for alleged traffic violations in Florida simply opt to pay any related fines and try to forget about the experience of being pulled over. Despite the seemingly easier way of dealing with the matter, it is important to remember that paying the fine for a traffic ticket equates to a guilty plea.
Repeated violations add points to a driver’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) record, and people who accumulate too many points can have their licenses suspended or revoked. In certain cases, traffic violations may be criminal offenses that result in misdemeanor or even felony charges.
Lawyer for Traffic Violations in Fort Lauderdale, FL
If you received a citation or are facing criminal charges for an alleged traffic offense in South Florida, do not pay the ticket without first seeking legal counsel. It will be in your best interest to contact Meltzer & Bell as soon as possible.
Lawrence Meltzer and Steven Bell are experienced criminal defense attorneys in Fort Lauderdale who defend clients cited in communities all over Broward County, including Hollywood, Miramar, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach, Davie, Plantation, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, and many others.
You can have our lawyers review your case and answer all of your legal questions when you call (954) 228-2789 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
Overview of Traffic Violations in Broward County
- Which kinds of traffic tickets does your firm handle?
- What is a habitual traffic offender?
- Where can I find more information about traffic violations in Broward County?
Many tickets issued in Florida are for non-criminal traffic offenses. The most frequently issued non-criminal violations include, but are not limited to:
- Speeding, Florida Statute § 316.183;
- Driving Too Slowly, Florida Statute § 316.183;
- Red Light Violations, Florida Statute § 316.075;
- Careless Driving, Florida Statute § 316.1925;
- Failure to Yield, Florida Statutes §§ 316.075, 316.079, 316.0815, 316.126;
- Improper Passing, Florida Statutes §§ 316.083 – 316.0875;
- Failure to Stop for a School Bus, Florida Statute § 316.172;
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Florida Statute § 316.062; and
- Aggressive Careless Driving, Florida Statute § 316.1923.
In some cases, traffic violations result in criminal charges. Meltzer & Bell represents people facing misdemeanor or felony charges for the following criminal traffic offenses:
- Reckless Driving, Florida Statute § 316.192;
- Racing on Highway, Florida Statute § 316.191;
- Driving While License Suspended, Florida Statute § 322.34;
- Operating Without Valid Commercial License, Florida Statute § 322.03;
- Fleeing or Eluding a Law Enforcement Officer, Florida Statute § 316.1935;
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Misdemeanor), Florida Statute § 316.061;
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Felony), Florida Statute § 316.027; and
- Vehicular Homicide, Florida Statute §782.071.
Florida Statute § 322.264 defines a habitual traffic offender (HTO) as any person whose record, as maintained by the DHSMV, shows that he or she has accumulated a specified number of convictions for certain offenses within a five-year period. One way that a person can be classified as an HTO is if he or she receives 15 or more traffic offenses for which points may be assessed.
The other way that a driver can be classified as an HTO is if he or she is convicted of three or more of the following offenses within a five-year period:
- Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle;
- Any driving under the influence (DUI) offense;
- Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used;
- Driving a motor vehicle while his or her license is suspended or revoked;
- Failing to stop and render aid as required under the laws of this state in the event of a motor vehicle crash resulting in the death or personal injury of another; or
- Driving a commercial motor vehicle while his or her privilege is disqualified.
People designated as HTOs have their driver’s licenses revoked for five years. An experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to remove your revocation by filing a motion to vacate or set aside a conviction that resulted in your HTO status.
Refusal to Sign a Traffic Citation in Florida
After an officer issues a traffic citation, he will ask the person to sign the citation before giving them a copy of the citation and the court information. If a person refuses to sign a citation, the officer is trained to explain the following:
- Under Florida Statute Section 318.14(2), any person cited for a violation requiring a mandatory hearing listed in Florida Statute Section 318.19 (i.e. any infraction which results in a crash that caused death or great bodily harm to another) or any other criminal traffic violation listed in chapter 316 must sign and accept a citation indicating promise to appear; and
- Under Florida Statute Section 318.14(3), any person who willfully refused to accept and sign a summons as provided in subsection (2) commits a misdemeanor of the second degree.
Traffic & Misdemeanors | Broward County Clerk of Court — On this website, you can view answers to frequently asked questions about traffic citations issued in Broward County. You can also view citations and pay fines, although not all violations are payable online. People can also download forms and reports on the Clerk of Courts website.
Broward Clerk of Courts
201 SE 6th St. Rm 275
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) — Patrolling state highways is one of the primary duties of the FHP. Visit this website to view driver and vehicle reports and statistics, crash and citation reports and statistics, and general reports and statistics. Troop L is the third largest FHP Troop and Broward County is one of six counties it patrols.
Florida Highway Patrol Troop L Division
14190 State Road 84
Davie, FL 33325
Finding a Fort Lauderdale Traffic Violations Attorney
Did you receive any kind of traffic ticket in Broward County? Before you pay any fine, you should contact Meltzer & Bell to have legal representation fight to get your citation thrown out.
Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers Lawrence Meltzer and Steven Bell represent individuals in Weston, Tamarac, Margate, Coconut Creek, Hallandale Beach, Wilton Manors, Sunrise, Deerfield Beach, and surrounding areas of South Florida. Call (954) 228-2789 or complete an online contact form to have our attorneys provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case during a free initial consultation.
This article was last updated on Friday, March 2, 2018.