Traffic Ticket Crimes
Typically, when you get a traffic ticket, you receive a citation for violation of safety ordinances. This is not the same thing as being arrested or charged with a crime. Although you may have to go to court and you likely will pay a fine, you aren't going to jail or have a permanent criminal record.
There are, however, certain traffic ticket crimes in the state of Florida. A traffic crime is a serious matter that has far graver consequence than just a ticket and points on your driver's license. As such, it is important to take traffic ticket crimes seriously and to contact a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer who routinely handles traffic crimes. The knowledgeable attorneys at The Ansara Law Firm have represented many clients accused of traffic ticket crimes and we may be able to help you avoid the penalties – and criminal record – that can go along with a conviction for a traffic crime.Florida Traffic Ticket Crimes
In the state of Florida, actions behind the wheel that can get you arrested for a crime include:
- Driving with a suspended license.
- Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- Fleeing from law enforcement.
- Hit and run (leaving the scene of an accident).
- Driving a car that has not been registered.
- Illegally using a temporary tag.
- Reckless driving.
In most cases, these criminal acts are charged as misdemeanors. However, when you are a repeat offender and/or if someone is hurt or injured while you are doing something illegal behind the wheel, then you may be charged with a felony. For instance, those convicted of driving with a suspended license for the second time face felony charges, as do those with three DUIs within a ten year period. You may face incarceration and you will likely have fines, probation and community service requirements to fulfill, with either a misdemeanor or a felony. Felonies, however, can result in long potential sentences in jail, including up to five years of incarceration for those found guilty of a third or subsequent DUI offense.
In addition to the criminal sanctions, the DMV will typically take away or suspend your license for a period of time. This can occur automatically whenever you are arrested for certain traffic ticket crimes such as DUI.
To avoid these potential consequences, you may wish to consider arranging a plea bargain and pleading guilty to lesser charges in exchange for lighter sentencing. You may also wish to explore defenses. Defenses will vary depending on the type of traffic ticket crimes you have been charged with. Those who are charged with DUI, for example, might argue a faulty breathalyzer test while individuals charged with diving on a suspended license could argue necessity (someone was in danger, so they had to drive).
Determining the right defense or negotiating a plea bargain are both tasks best performed by an experienced DUI attorney.
If you have been charged with DUI in South Florida, call The Ansara Law Firm today for your free initial consultation at (954) 761-4011! You can also contact us online. It only takes a minute to call, but it can make all the difference in the world.