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Traffic Tickets


Traffic Tickets


The primary purpose of traffic laws is to keep vehicular traffic moving smoothly and safely on the road. If you are suspected of violating one of these laws, you can be hit with some pretty hefty traffic violation tickets. The more severe the traffic violation, the more severe your consequences will be. These consequences may include fines, mandatory driver improvement school, or points on your license. The number of points you receive on your license for a traffic violation depends on the severity of the violation. More severe violations earn you more points on your license. If you receive a certain number of points on your license within a specified time period, your driver’s license may be suspended. Points also remain on your driving record for 10 years. The following table outlines common traffic tickets as well as their point value.

Driving Violations and Points

15 mph or less over the speed limit 3 points
More than 15 mph over the speed limit 4 points
Speeding resulting in an crash 6 points
Moving Violation
Moving violation (includes driving during restricted hours and parking on a highway outside the limits of a municipality) 3 points
Moving violation resulting in a crash 4 points
Failing to stop at a traffic signal (effective October 1, 2005) 4 points
Passing a stopped school bus 4 points
Reckless driving 4 points
Leaving the scene of a crash resulting in property damage of more than $50 6 points
Improper lane change 3 points
Violation of a traffic control sign/device 4 points
Open container as an operator 3 points
Child restraint violation 3 points
Littering 3 points

When you receive a ticket, you have several options. Your first option is to pay the ticket, which is considered a “guilty” plea. This guilty plea results in points being added to your license. But you don’t have to take the consequences lying down. Your second option is to request a hearing to challenge the ticket in court. You may also submit a request to the Court to withhold an adjudication of guilt. If you have received a traffic ticket and want to take your case to court, the experienced attorneys at Canan Law can help you see it through and win the best possible results. Call the St. Augustine traffic ticket attorneys at Canan Law today to discuss which option will provide you with the best possible outcome.

The Law Offices of Patrick T. Canan in St. Augustine, Florida represents clients throughout St. Johns County, Duval County, Flagler County, Putman County, Clay County,
and the cities of St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beach, Palm Coast, Palatka, Green Cove Springs, Bunnell, Flagler Beach, Hastings, Crescent City, Interlachen, and Jacksonville.

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