While driving through Florida, you may incur a traffic ticket. This happens to many people, and if handled properly, doesn’t have to be detrimental to your driver’s license. The majority of traffic violations is speeding tickets, but 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 30 days to address your ticket by choosing to pay the fine, attend traffic school or fight the ticket.
The trouble starts when several violations are committed within a certain period of time, you may incur fines and even have your license suspended. Florida’s traffic infractions are tallied on a point system. The severity of the violation determines the points applied to your license. For instance: speeding but 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 the driver’s license to be 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, including 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.
With offices in Miami, Jacksonville, Gainesville, and Lake City, the Law Offices of Travis Koon has the knowledge and experience to make sure you don’t enter the courtroom alone. But you need to decide quickly because if your allot time expires you license may be automatically suspended. Call us and we will fight on your behalf. We are attorneys in Lake City, FL.