Key West Lawyer Experienced in Traffic Violation Cases
Aggressive defense to citations that put your license or freedom in jeopardy
A Florida traffic ticket may not seem like a reason to hire a lawyer, but consider the long-term consequences. In addition to a fine being imposed, penalty points can add up quickly and put your license in danger of suspension. Your insurance company can raise your premiums significantly. For all these reasons, calling The Jamindar Law Firm is a sound decision. For my clients in Key West and throughout Monroe County, I work doggedly on your behalf to get traffic charges downgraded or dismissed and to seek reduced penalties. I know what’s at stake and work diligently to deliver the best outcome possible.
Types of traffic violations in Key West, Florida
Florida divides motor vehicle infractions into three main categories:
- Non-moving violations — Illegal parking, expired registration, vehicle defects and other violations unrelated to an automobile’s operation are the least serious offenses.
- Moving violations — These offenses, such as speeding, unlawful turning and running a red light, carry heavier fines and also penalty points.
- Criminal offenses — The most serious moving violations are treated as criminal matters. They include reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.
In my practice, I provide a determined defense to the full range of Florida traffic violations.
Penalties for traffic violations in Florida
When you are convicted of a moving violation in Florida, you face not only fines but also penalty points on your license. Sample infractions with their point totals are:
- Speeding at less than 15 miles per hour above the limit — Three points
- Running a stop sign — Three points
- Failure to yield — Three points
- Driving with an open container of alcohol — Three points
- Speeding at 15 miles per hour or more over the limit — Four points
- Speeding resulting in an accident — Four points
- Driving recklessly — Four points
- Leaving the scene of an accident — Four points
If you accumulate too many points, your license will be suspended, as follows:
- 12 or more points within a 12-month period — 30-day license suspension
- 18 or more points within an 18-month period — Three-month license suspension
- 24 points within 36 months — One-year license suspension
For some moving violations, you can be prosecuted for a criminal offense. Reckless driving, for example, is a misdemeanor that can draw up to 90 days in jail for a first offense. Charges and penalties can be more severe if there are aggravating circumstances, such as:
- Repeating an offense — This is a second degree misdemeanor carrying up to six months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.
- Causing property damage or injury to a person — This is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail or 12 months of probation and a $1,000 fine.
- Causing serious bodily injury — This is a third degree felony that can draw up to five years in prison or five years of probation and a $5,000 fine.
When facing serious consequences like license suspension, heavy fines and jail time, you must retain an attorney experienced in effective defense of such cases.
Determined advocate draws on proven strategies for traffic violation defense
Traffic violation defense requires a meticulous approach. I review every detail of your case, I examine the police report and evidence and interview witnesses to obtain as much information as possible, so I can present the strongest possible defense. If there was any breach of law enforcement protocols that may have violated your rights, I make appropriate motions for legal relief, including dismissal of charges. In all cases, I weigh the availability of alternatives to trial that can produce satisfactory outcomes.
Contact a tenacious Florida traffic violation lawyer
The Jamindar Law Firm in Key West is dedicated to defending clients against traffic citations and criminal driving charges in Monroe County, Florida. To schedule a free initial consultation, call me at 305-204-6869 or contact me online. My office is conveniently located at 422 Fleming Street on the edge of the Key West Historical District.