Fort Lauderdale Traffic Violation Attorney
Our Goal Is to Get Your Ticket Dismissed
One of the most common criminal charges in the State of Florida is driving without a license or driving with a suspended license. Unfortunately, many times it is the inability to pay fines and court costs that leads people to have their license suspended. It is also important to note that if the police stop you while your license is suspended in the State of Florida, it is possible that you will be arrested for a misdemeanor or a felony. At the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Grossman, LLC, our Fort Lauderdale traffic violation lawyer has over 20 years of experience to benefit your defense.
Types of Traffic Violations
Not all traffic violation cases are misdemeanors or felonies. With the advent of traffic cameras and more stringent enforcement, you could find yourself with a ticket for a variety of issues. Not only can this incur a fine and require a court appearance, but it can also add points to your license and potentially increase your insurance premiums.
Common traffic violations include:
- Speeding: You’d get 3 points for a speeding ticket, but if you’re speeding in excess of 50 mph, it’s 4 points. The fines for a speeding ticket will depend on a few factors, like where you were speeding and by how much.
- Red light or traffic camera violations: Running a stoplight will put 4 points on your record.
- Running a stop sign: A ticket for running a stop sign will put 3 points on your record.
- Reckless driving: Florida defines reckless driving as driving “in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” Trying to evade the police in a vehicle is automatically considered reckless. Reckless driving is worth 4 points on your record.
- Overdue parking tickets: Florida doesn’t assign points for unpaid parking tickets, but you will be prevented from registering your vehicle until you pay all fines, late fees, and service charges.
- Parking in a handicap space without the permit: Parking in a handicap space unlawfully means your vehicle will be towed, and the cost of towing and storing your vehicle will be treated as a lien on it; in other words, if you don’t pay the fine, you’ll lose the car.
- Illegal U-turns: An illegal u-turn adds 3 points to your driving record. The same is true for most other turning violations, such as turning left into oncoming traffic.
- SunPass or toll violations: Violating SunPass or toll payment rules results in at least $100 in fines and 3 points on your driving record.
Suspended License in Florida
Numerous factors can lead to a driver's license being suspended by the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles, including unpaid fines, court costs, a lapse of car insurance, motor vehicle accidents, and more. Because of this, it’s more important than ever to retain an experienced Fort Lauderdale traffic violation attorney to help.
What are the Penalties for Driving with a Suspended License?
Driving on a suspended license in Florida has several consequences. There are numerous statutes related to driving with a suspended license and depending on several factors, the State of Florida may charge you with a felony which can result in probation, jail, or even prison time. Furthermore, the law regarding driving with a suspended license has recently changed in Florida. If someone is arrested 3 or more times for driving while their license is suspended, they now face a mandatory 10-day jail sentence, even if the charges were only misdemeanors.
Habitual Traffic Offender Designation (HTO)
The accumulation of traffic violation charges while driving with a suspended license can also result in a habitual traffic offender designation, or "HTO," which results in your license being revoked for a period of five years. Given all of these changes and potential penalties related to driving offenses, it is essential that if you are arrested for a driving-related offense, you do not attempt to handle the case yourself. Frequently, people try to resolve these cases and end up with revoked licenses or with unforeseen jail time. That's why we recommend working with a dedicated Fort Lauderdale traffic violation lawyer to help you fight your traffic ticket.
Our Legal Team Will Fight for You
The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Grossman, LLC has been assisting clients in clearing license suspensions and reinstating drivers' licenses for over 20 years . Even if you have been told by State employees that your license is revoked or suspended and cannot be restored, this may not be true.
With over ten thousand resolved criminal cases (and hundreds of thousands of traffic tickets), our Fort Lauderdale traffic crime attorneys know that a personal touch and heavy-hitting strategy can help resolve your traffic ticket while validating your driver’s license. We also handle traffic cases involving death or serious bodily injury, leaving the scene of an accident, fleeing and eluding, DUI, and all other driving-related crimes in the State of Florida.
“They are the professionals who know what to do to get a positive outcome for your case.”- Everard L.
“GREAT TEAM! I was facing 3 DUI charges and because of the hard work this team put in ALL charges were DROPPED!”- Ziyan T.
“Trevor was so nice and understanding. Even though my case was in another county he had someone out there to help me.”- Maria M.