Nearly everyone is cited for a traffic ticket at some point in their life. A traffic ticket or traffic offense conviction can add points onto a person’s license, threatening their ability to drive and raising their insurance rates. This can be especially harmful for those that drive commercially. If you have been ticketed and charged with a traffic offense, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help you understand you legal rights and options.
Panama City traffic ticket attorney Eric Garmon is dedicated to protecting the rights of Floridians that have been given traffic citations or arrested for traffic offenses. In many cases, a defense is available that can completely defeat the citation or charge. In other cases, it is possible to negotiate with the court or prosecutor to have the ticket or charge reduced to a lesser offense. Whatever the facts of your case, traffic attorney Eric Garmon can help you get the best possible outcome. Call today to schedule a consultation at (850) 684-4000.
Florida Traffic Offenses
There are two broad categories of traffic offenses in Florida. Moving violations are those that result in a ticket. These include things like speeding, failure to yield, running a red light, driving without a seatbelt, and parking infractions. All of these violations add points onto a driver’s license. If a driver gets 12 points within a one year period, their license is suspended for 30 days; if a driver gets 18 points within 18 months, their license is suspended for 3 months; and if a driver gets 24 points within 36 months, their licenses is suspended for one year.
More serious offenses are considered criminal matters. Criminal traffic offenses include things like DUI, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, racing, or habitual offenses. Criminal traffic convictions can lead to loss of license, heavy fines, and even jail time.
A single traffic ticket can be costly, but isn’t much for a driver to worry about. But the penalties and consequences can be severe for more serious criminal traffic violations, or when a driver has multiple traffic tickets within a short period of time. There can also be harsher penalties for drivers that have commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs). Additionally, all CDL holders are required to notify employers if they receive a traffic ticket or are charged with a traffic offense.
Contact The Garmon Law Firm, PLLC, to Discuss Your Case Today
Contesting traffic tickets or offenses without qualified legal counsel puts you at risk. If you are facing a traffic ticket or offense, traffic attorney Eric Garmon is here to help. To discuss your case, call The Garmon Law Firm, PLLC, to schedule a consultation at (850) 684-4000 today