Traffic Ticket Lawyer in Sarasota County, Florida
In Florida, individuals who get too many traffic tickets in a limited span of time face losing their driving privileges. Traffic violations are assigned certain point values. Whenever you get a ticket in Florida, points are added to your driving record. The length of time that the points will remain on your record depends on the kind of violations for which you have been ticketed. Your driving privileges can be suspended if:
- You earn 12 points within a 12 month period (30 day suspension)
- You earn 18 points within an 18 month period (suspension of 3 months)
- Your earn 24 points within a 36 month period (suspension of 1 year)
If your license has been suspended or restricted, any additional violation during this period will extend your suspension by 3 months. Speeding violations that lead to an accident will leave individuals with 6 points on their record. Leaving the scene of an accident results in 6 points being added to a person’s driving record. Reckless driving, moving violations that lead to an accident, passing stopped school buses, exceeding the posted speed limit by more than 15 miles per hour, or not obeying traffic lights will result in 4 points being added to your record. Exceeding the posted speed limit by less than 15 miles per hour, committing a general moving violation, driving with an open container, littering, or failing to follow child restraint laws will result in 3 points being added to your record. Having any points on your driving record can increase your cost of insurance, can put your driving privileges at risk, and, in some cases, can force you to attend costly and time-consuming driving courses. In order to avoid these difficulties, you need a traffic ticket lawyer in Sarasota County, Florida who can help you build a legal defense against the traffic ticket you were issued. The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb offers skilled litigation for individuals facing traffic citations.
Don’t Pay Speeding Ticket Fees
If you’ve been issued a speeding ticket, it is first important to determine what kind of speeding infraction you’ve been given. Florida has three types of speed limits: absolute speed limits, presumed speed limits, and basic speed limits. Your defense in court will vary depending on the kind of speed violation you were issued. It is important that you seek the representation of a lawyer to help you build a strong defense. Trying to defend yourself in court with “just the facts” of your case will likely result in a poor outcome. A legal defense must be based on the law in order to be successful. An officer’s testimony in court is often viewed as more trustworthy than civilian testimony. So, if it is the officer’s word against your word, you will lose. However, officers are required to follow certain procedures for every violation cited and ticket issued. If your officer fails to follow any procedural standard, you win. It is the state’s duty to prove the case. If you’ve been cited for violating a statute, the officer will have to prove that you violated all elements of the statute. There are methods your lawyer can use in court to help you fight your case legally and effectively.
If you were charged with violating a presumed speed limit, it is possible to admit that you were exceeding the speed limit if you can prove to the court that conditions were safe for the speed at which you were driving. For instance, a photo of the road showing that it was straight and narrow with no obstructions, can help you build a strong defense. If other vehicles on the roadway often exceed the speed limit in the manner for which you were cited, you may also be able to prove your case, by showing that driving slower than the posted speed limit would have created a hazardous condition. The basic speed law is in place to allow officers to cite you for driving at unsafe speeds, even if your speed was well below the speed limit. If driving conditions are poor, or if you are driving much faster or much slower than other vehicles on the road, you can be cited for unsafe speeds. Unless you were involved in an accident, the officer in the case will have a hard time legally proving that your speed was unsafe. Even so, it is important that you seek the representation of a skilled traffic ticket lawyer to help you build a bulletproof case for your day in court. The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb offers skilled and experienced representation for speeding tickets and for a range of other ticket violations.
We Can Help You Fight That Ticket in Court
The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb can help you fight a variety of traffic violations. If you’ve been issued a speeding ticket, we can help. We can also help you if you’ve been charged with running a red light, have been cited for careless driving, or face a ticket because you were in an accident. If you received a ticket following an accident, you may be facing a range of citations and possible points on your record. Trying to defend yourself in court can lead to wasted time and your traffic ticket being upheld. You need professional legal defense that an ensure that you build the strongest legal case possible. Contact the Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb today to learn more.