Tampa Traffic Offense Lawyer
Keep Your Job and Your Driver’s License with Help from a Tampa Traffic Law Defense Attorney
You need to drive to get to school, to work, to buy groceries, to transport your kids – you need to drive just to live your life. If you have a job as a delivery person, salesperson or long-haul trucker, your ability to drive is even more intimately tied to your ability to make a living.
In Florida, you can lose your driver’s license after committing traffic offenses. Traffic tickets don’t just go away when you pay the fines. These infractions put points on your driver’s license that stay there for years. Too many points, and you’ll lose your license. When you get your license back, your insurance rates skyrocket.
It’s worth the trouble to fight traffic offenses and keep your record clean. Call the Tampa traffic offense lawyers at Faulkner Law Group for knowledgeable and effective advice and representation regarding traffic offenses.
A look at traffic offenses in Florida
In most criminal matters, intent is a required element of the crime that must be proven by the prosecution. Most traffic offenses, however, are considered infractions rather than crimes, and no intent is required. Paying the fine is equivalent to pleading guilty, and points will get added to your license. These points can stay on your driving record for five years or more. Accumulate 12 points in 12 months, and say goodbye to your license for 30 days. Rack up 18 points in 18 months, and you’ll lose your driving privilege for three months. With 24 points in a 36-month period, your driver’s license will be suspended for a year.
Traffic offenses the Faulkner Law Group can help with include:
- Reckless driving (four points on your license)
- Driving on a suspended or revoked license
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Boating Under the Influence (BUI)
- Leaving the scene of an accident (six points on your license)
- Fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer
- Vehicular homicide/vehicular manslaughter
Vehicular homicide is a second-degree felony, meaning you can get up to 15 years in prison if convicted. If the prosecutor can prove you knew about the accident but failed to give information and render aid, you can be charged with a first-degree felony and exposed to up to 30 years imprisonment. Along with any other penalties, you could also be sentenced to 120 community service hours in a trauma center.
What to do when cited for a traffic offense
If fighting your traffic ticket, go to court on your scheduled date and plead not guilty. See if you can negotiate a satisfactory outcome with the prosecutor. If not, you’ll get a court date for a formal hearing. Errors do occur with traffic citations. Show up to your hearing and make a strong argument regarding discrepancies in accounts of the event which led to your ticket. You’ll have the opportunity to cross-examine police, submit evidence and present witnesses in your favor. The Faulkner Law Group can advise and represent you throughout this process.
DMV driver license hearings
If your driver’s license is being suspended by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), such as after a DUI arrest, you have ten days to request a formal hearing and challenge the suspension. Our Tampa traffic defense lawyer can lay out the reasons why your driver’s license should not be suspended or help you get a temporary, restricted or hardship license so you can continue to get to work or perform other necessary tasks.
Help is Available for Traffic Offenses in Tampa
For advice and representation regarding Tampa traffic offenses, contact the Faulkner Law Group at 813-544-3919.