Traffic Tickets and Violations
Traffic tickets are typically minor criminal offenses but some offenses, such as a DUI, are quite serious. Throughout Jacksonville there were 157,000 moving violations issued in 2007 with over 90,000 of those issued for speeding. A large number of careless driving tickets were also cited in Jax. The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office also issued close to 40,000 criminal violations in 2007 and over 4,000 arrests for driving under the influence in Duval County in 2007. Most of the arrests were made by the JSO.
If you have several infractions over a short period of time even minor speeding violations can have serious consequences. When enough points on your license are acquired it can lead to your license being suspended.
The fine that you have to pay may seem minimal, but there may also be an additional rate hike for insurance. It is recommended that you contact a traffic ticket lawyer prior to appearing at court regarding the traffic violation or speeding ticket. Your attorney of traffic violation lawyer may be able to decrease your fine or even have your case “withhold adjudication.”
Fla. Stat. s. 626.9541(1)(o) 12 States: “No insurer shall impose or request an additional premium, cancel a policy, or issue a non renewal notice on any insurance policy or contract because of any traffic infraction when adjudication of guilt is withheld and no points have been accessed pursuant to s.318.14(9) and (10).
General Information Resource: Florida Statute Title XXIII
Driving Without a License / With a Suspended License: FS 322.03
Driving Without/ on Expired Registration: FS 320.02
Driving Without Insurance/ Financial Responsibility: FS 324
Speeding: FS 316.183
Driving Under the Influence/ Driving While Intoxicated: DUI Offenses