At the Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A., our clients’ motor vehicle and traffic violations are taken very seriously. Such violations can have long-lasting and very detrimental effects on an individual’s life and future. The penalties include administrative penalties and, in some cases, a criminal sentence.
Violations & DHSMV Penalties
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) keeps a record of every Florida driver’s motor vehicle and traffic violations. DHSMV penalties include fines, driver license suspensions, and license revocations. Many violations stay on a driver’s DHSMV record permanently. If you have been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of any of the following motor vehicle or traffic violations, contact the Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb for legal advice and representation:
- Speeding in a construction zone
- Speeding to avoid arrest
- Speeding in a school zone
- Careless or reckless driving
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Failure to have the required liability insurance
- Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle
- Failure to stop for a siren
- Running a stop sign or red light
- Failure to use a child restraint
- Passing a stopped school bus
- DUI (driving under the influence)
- DWI (driving while impaired)
- Driving after consuming alcohol (for an under-21 driver)
- Driving while license or registration has been suspended or revoked
- Driving with expired registration
- Felony death by vehicle
- Hit and run
- Manslaughter or negligent homicide involving a motor vehicle
In addition to the DHMSV penalties, some motor vehicle and traffic violations carry potential criminal penalties such as jail or prison terms, mandatory alcohol/drug program participation, community service and heavy fines, among other consequences. Criminal charges for motor vehicle and traffic violations are either misdemeanor or felony charges, each of which can cause a serious disruption of the offender’s life. The sentences for criminal charges depend on the severity of the damage done or danger to the lives or property of people other than the driver.
Motor Vehicle and Traffic Violations in Florida
According to the Florida DHSMV, more than five million traffic citations were issued in the state in 2006, the most recent year for which the statistics are available. This number includes more than 60,000 DUI violations and more than 16,000 violations for failure to use child restraints, for example. Fatalities in traffic accidents in Florida exceeded 3,300 in the same year. All of these statistics indicate that the roads and highways of Florida, as in other states, are the site of many accidents, bad drivers, and careless people.
The circumstances of every motor vehicle and traffic violation are unique. Some violations are avoidable; some are not. Sometimes the weather conditions, traffic patterns, other drivers, or passengers contributed to the violation. An experienced attorney can help determine the cause and the liability of your traffic violation and can ensure your rights are protected as you move through the DHSMV and/or criminal justice systems.
Contact The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb for Help
If you’ve been arrested for or charged with a traffic or motor vehicle violation in Southern Florida, or if you’ve been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony traffic violation, protect your legal rights by getting the advice and counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney. A skilled lawyer can minimize the negative consequences of your violation or conviction. Contact Michael Raheb online today to schedule a private consultation.