While driving through Florida, there’s a higher chance you may incur a traffic ticket. This happens to many people, and if handled properly, it doesn’t have to be detrimental to your license. The majority ofthese traffic violations is speeding tickets, but they can also include situations such as improper lane change, running a red light or stop sign, and careless driving. In most Florida counties you have a maximum of 30 days to address your ticket by choosing to pay the fine, attend traffic school, or fight the ticket in court.
The trouble starts when several violations are committed within a certain period of time. This may result fines and even having your license suspended. Florida’s traffic infractions are added up on a point system. The severity of the violation determines the points applied to your license. For instance, speeding under 15 MPH over the limit equals 3 points, and passing a stopped school bus equals 4 points.
The following chart shows how long your license may be suspended for the given number of points:
- 12 points within 12 months causes your license to be suspended for 30 days
- 18 points within 18 months causes your license to be suspended for 3 months
- 24 points within 36 months causes your license to be suspended for 1 year
Certain violations can lead to your driver’s license being suspended, revoked, or cancelled. When a license is suspended it means that it can be taken away for a predetermined amount of time. A revoked license is more severe, and fines can be imposed. Driver’s licenses are not normally cancelled unless false information is given to obtain it. There are several penalties for Florida commercial drivers. All CDL holders must notify their employer after receiving a traffic ticket and may result in the commercial license being suspended or revoked.
A person doesn’t have to be facing criminal charges in order to hire a criminal defense attorney. At the Law Offices of Travis Koon we have helped individuals decrease or completely wipe away traffic citation from the client’s record. Having the right criminal defense attorney on your side can make all the difference.Call us and we will fight on your behalf. We are attorneys in Lake City, FL.