Civil Traffic Defense
Any accusation including a traffic ticket matter is serious, and it is vital that you have an experienced attorney on your side. Penalties include fines, sometimes mandatory license suspensions. Repeated traffic cases can lead to driver’s license suspensions. Many Traffic cases can be Criminal instead of Civil. Our law firm handles all traffic cases, including criminal, mandatory appearance tickets, civil traffic citations and we represent people hurt in motor vehicle accidents.
Traffic violation charges in Florida can carry consequences beyond the mere payment of a fine. These can include suspension or revocation of a driver’s license, termination from employment, increased insurance premiums or it could prevent the driver from changing employment or insurance companies. In Florida, a civil traffic ticket does not expose the driver to jail and the driver does not ever have to appear in court to contest the allegation. A lawyer appears on behalf of the driver, who can go about their day. Whether faced with a criminal traffic charge or a civil traffic infraction, it is in a defendant’s best interest to seek quality legal counsel.
Examples of Civil Traffic Offenses in Florida are:
- School Zone citations
- Failure to Stop or Yield the Right of Way
- Violation of a Traffic Control Device
- Careless Driving
- Driving on a Suspended License (Can also be a Criminal Traffic)
- Making an illegal U-turn
- Improper backing
- Following too closely
- Red Light violations
Civil traffic offenses are for moving and non-moving violations. The penalties include fines and points assessed against an offender’s driver’s license. In addition, an accumulation of points from repeat offenses leads to possible license suspension or revocation. Other consequences for offenses are increased car insurance premiums and mandated attendance at driving school. Court ordered school does not count as a lifetime election.
The attorneys at Alba & Straile PLLC have successfully defended countless motorists. We have the combined experience of more than three decades in civil and criminal law. Our law firm is dedicated to achieving the best results possible for our clients through strategic defenses.
Defense Strategies for Traffic Violations
Depending on the traffic violation and the facts of the case, our attorneys formulate the appropriate defense for the best chance of a favorable outcome. In court, the State must establish the elements of each case, or the defendant is found not guilty. Many traffic violations are at the discretion of the law enforcement officer. Our attorneys can challenge their subjective determination and judgment. In speeding citations, the officers must attend the hearing. At the hearing, whether the officer used a radar, laser, stopwatch or claims to have paced the ticketed driver, they must be prepared to show that the speed measuring device has been properly maintained and calibrated. While most drivers present no defense, a defendant can present witnesses, photographs, diagrams, video surveillance, and other evidence supporting a case. In civil traffic infractions, if the law enforcement officer does not attend the court hearing, the case can be dismissed.
Our Attorneys Fight to protect our Clients’ Rights
Alba & Straile PLLC is a law firm that assists clients in all areas of traffic law whether charged with a civil or criminal traffic violation or hurt in a traffic crash, or both. We develop a strategy that will save money, the license, and the reputation of our clients. We pride ourselves on achieving client results and provide sound legal representation that will effectively and efficiently address all criminal and civil traffic situations. We represent clients throughout Florida. Click or call (352) 371-9141 to hire a lawyer now.