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Florida Traffic Tickets and the Points System

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by | Mar 28, 2016 | Point System

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Florida Traffic Tickets: Ticket Types and Penalties

No one likes getting pulled over, and sometimes the process isn’t even handled properly. If you have reason to believe your traffic citation was not issued properly, it’s important to speak with a South Florida traffic ticket attorney to help you sort out the matter.

Sometimes it feels like the deck is stacked against you and that there’s a traffic ticket for every occasion. You can be ticketed for: speeding, careless driving, running a stop sign or driving through a red light, an improper lane change, not having proof of insurance, violating right of way, failing to properly restrain a child or yourself, improperly passing another vehicle, tailgating, texting while driving, driving with a suspended license, aggressive driving, failure to use due care, and operating a vehicle with an open container in the car.

While the best way to avoid a traffic ticket is to practice defensive driving, sometimes accidents happen. For example, did you know that those red light traffic cameras aren’t always accurate?

Throughout the ticketing process, there are certain guidelines the state must follow. Florida Ticket Firm has built its reputation on understanding these guidelines and questioning them on our client’s behalf. Whether a citation wasn’t filled out properly or a statute wasn’t properly cited, a Broward County traffic ticket lawyer can help alleviate your penalties.

Florida traffic tickets don’t just come with hefty fines—sometimes there are also points involved.

Understanding Points: The Graduated Scale

Points are awarded in Florida for speeding, littering, reckless driving, and other moving violations. Some violations, like those that result in a crash, incur more points.

Points stay on your driving record for 3 years. The sanctions imposed depend on how many points you receive within a certain time frame. The penalties are cumulative, meaning that once you’ve served your suspension, the points will stay on your record and count towards another suspension if you accrue enough points. In addition, if you are cited in another state while driving with a Florida license for a violation that Florida penalizes with points, you will incur those points.

  • If you receive 12 points within the span of 12 months, you face having your license suspended for 30 days.
  • If you accumulate 18 points over 18 months, then you may lose your license for three months.
  • If you accumulate 24 points in 36 months, your license may be suspended for a year.
  • The classes of violations that leads to points follow.

Speeding Violations

  • Driving up to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit: 3 points
  • Driving more than 15 miles per hour over the speed limit: 4 points
  • Speeding that results in a crash: 6 points

Moving Violations

  • Littering: 3 points
  • Child is not restrained: 3 points
  • Open alcohol container: 3 points
  • Moving violation such as driving during restricted hours or parking on a highway: 3 points
  • Improper lane change: 3 points
  • Moving violation that causes an accident: 4 points
  • Failure to stop at a traffic signal: 4 points
  • Passing a stopped school bus: 4 points
  • Reckless driving: 4 points
  • Leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in more than $50 of damage: 6 points

By contesting your ticket successfully, you may avoid any points on your license.

The Florida Ticket Firm Can Help You Fight a Traffic Ticket

You don’t have to take a ticket lying down. Get the Florida Ticket Firm on your side to help fight for you. Our South Florida criminal defense attorneys are experienced in dealing with all traffic tickets and can help you make your case. If you’re ready to defend yourself, it’s time to contact the Florida Ticket Firm.