Miami-Dade Traffic Ticket Attorney
Were you cited with a moving violation?
If you have been given a ticket for speeding or committing another traffic offense, you must know that you have options. Instead of simply giving up and paying your ticket, you must think about the penalties that you may face. Receiving a certain number of traffic citations within a certain time period can put your driving privileges and your license in danger, and you will be better off by choosing to fight the charges that have been brought against you.
Did you know that more than four million traffic citations are issued in the state of Florida each year? The legal team at Parks & Braxton, PA offers you a vast wealth of resources and legal knowledge to help fight your charges. Regardless of whether you have been accused of speeding, improper lane changes, careless driving or another type of traffic violation, we are prepared to fight your charges with skill. Below are some examples of common moving violations that you may have been cited for.
- Careless / Reckless Driving: Traffic tickets are sometimes given when drivers exhibit unsafe or thoughtless driving tactics. Careless driving is usually a lesser offense than reckless driving, and reckless driving will be treated as a major moving traffic violation. These charges must not be underestimated and they can result in a maximum prison sentence of 90 days, a fine that ranges from $25-$500, or both.
- Failure to Yield: Drivers make innocent mistakes, and failing to yield to another vehicle that has the right of way is one of the most common mistakes made on the road. There are several factors that must be considered to determine who has the right-of-way in each situation, and you may be arrested even if you thought you were following the law.
- Improper Lane Changes: There are several ways that you can be cited by Florida law enforcement officers for an improper lane change. Actions like moving into oncoming traffic to pass another vehicle or failing to use a signal when making a lane change can result in a moving violation. These offenses must be taken seriously because a citation will add three points to your license.
- Move Over Law: The Move Over law first came into existence in 1994 after the death of an emergency responder at an accident scene. This law states that drivers must move over by one lane when they spot an emergency vehicle with flashing lights or sirens. If this is not possible at the time, drivers are to reduce their driving speeds by 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit.
- No Passing Zone: No passing zones are common in school zones, construction zones and one-lane roads, and they are explicitly indicated by a solid driving line in the road as opposed to a broken white line. If you have received a ticket for failing to obey a no passing zone, then you must take action to challenge your ticket and avoid the fines and lasting penalties of an offense on your driving record.
- Speeding:According to the Florida DMV, exceeding the speed limit by six to nine miles per hour is $76 with traffic school and $80 without. For exceeding the speed limit by ten to 14 miles per hour the fine is $137 with traffic school and $155 without. 15 to 19 miles per hour is $158 with traffic school and $180 without. 20 to 29 is $178 and $205 respectively and 30mph+ is $260 with traffic school and $305 without. This will be three or four points on your record.
- Stop Sign Violations:This will be three points on your record. You can elect for traffic school or you have the option of going to traffic court. If you win in traffic court, then you will not get the points placed toward your record. This is covered in § 316.123 of the Florida Statutes.
- Passing a Stopped School Bus: This will be considered four points against your driving record. Fines are doubled when the violation occurs within a school or construction zone. This means that you could be facing up to a $1,000 fine.
- Traffic Light Violations: Traffic lights are used to regulate heavier traffic in metropolitan areas around Miami, and violating the instructions on these traffic control devices will result in serious penalties.
These violations will follow you for the rest of your life, affecting your ability to secure a job and intensifying any later infractions. Our lawyers can fight to keep this from happening to you.
Before you pay your ticket, contact Parks & Braxton, PA!
Whatever your situation may be, a talented Miami-Dade traffic ticket attorney at our firm will provide you with high-quality legal counsel and representation from the minute that you contact us about your charges. We are intimately familiar with the varying types of traffic offenses that one can be accused of, and we have over 45 years of combined legal experience in criminal law. Our partners served as a former prosecutor before bringing their unique insight and experience to the defense team at Parks & Braxton, PA.
We are available 24/7 on nights, weekends and holidays because traffic offenses can't wait, and you shouldn't have to wait either. Call us today to talk about the specifics of your traffic charges and the events that led up to your arrest. We will fight aggressively on your behalf so that you can have your charges reduced or dismissed altogether.