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Criminal Traffic Defense

Criminal traffic violation charges in Florida carry harsh penalties and consequences. These can include an arrest, suspension or revocation of a driver’s license, termination from employment, denial of insurance, or even incarceration in a jail or prison. 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.

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 results for our clients through strategic defenses. 

Examples of Criminal Traffic Offenses in Florida are:

  • Reckless driving
  • Racing
  • Leaving the scene of an accident (LSA)
  • Failure to report an accident
  • Making a false report to a law enforcement officer
  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Driving without a valid driver’s license (No Valid DL)
  • Driving on a suspended, revoked (DWLSR) or expired driver’s license
  • Driving outside license restrictions
  • Driving a motorcycle without an endorsement
  • Attaching an unassigned or expired tag or license plate
  • No Registration
  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Habitual Offender traffic offenses

Any criminal traffic matter is serious, and it is vital that you have an experienced attorney on your side.  Criminal traffic offenses are categorized as misdemeanors or felonies. Penalties include fines, sometimes mandatory license suspensions (homicide, racing, DUI), and jail or prison time.  Repeated criminal traffic cases can lead to long-term driver’s license suspensions.  Some cases, such as leaving the scene of an accident or driving on a suspended license, and even DUI, can be charged as a felony.

A criminal conviction will also lead to an increase in insurance premiums, affect employment and the immigration status of non-citizen. Some traffic offenses are charged as civil or criminal. Our law firm handles all traffic cases, including criminal, mandatory appearance tickets, civil traffic citations and seeking compensation for those hurt in a traffic crash.

Defense Strategies for Criminal Traffic Violations

Depending on the facts of the case, our attorneys formulate the appropriate defense for the best chance of a favorable outcome. In court, the prosecution must establish the elements of each case, or the defendant is found not guilty.  Sometimes, we can make things better by showing that a driver felt the violation of the traffic law was necessary to avoid more significant harm to themselves or others.  Some traffic violations, such as reckless driving and a DUI where there is no breath or blood result, are somewhat at the discretion of the law enforcement officer. Our attorneys can challenge their subjective determination and judgment. The reliability of equipment such as a breathalyzer or radar gun can be disputed. We can present witnesses, photographs, diagrams, video surveillance, and other evidence supporting a case.

Our Attorneys Fight to protect our Clients’ Rights

Alba & Straile, PLLC is a law firm that assists clients charged with a civil or criminal traffic offense or both. We meticulously analyze the facts of each case to develop a strategy that will save money, the license, and the reputation of our clients. We pride ourselves on achieving client results and believe in attorney accessibility and attorney-client collaboration. As a result, we can provide you with sound, legal representation that will effectively and efficiently address all of your criminal and civil traffic needs. We represent clients throughout Florida. Click or call (352) 371-9141 to hire a lawyer today.