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.
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, P.A. 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.
Many tickets issued in Florida are for non-criminal traffic offenses. The most frequently issued non-criminal violations include, but are not limited to:
In some cases, traffic violations result in criminal charges. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. represents people facing misdemeanor or felony charges for the following criminal traffic offenses:
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:
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.
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:
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
Did you receive any kind of traffic ticket in Broward County? Before you pay any fine, you should contact Meltzer & Bell, P.A. 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.
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