Traffic Ticket Lawyers in St. Augustine
The Florida Point System and Traffic Tickets
The primary purpose of traffic laws is to keep vehicular traffic moving smoothly and safely on the roads and I-95. 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 and mandatory driver improvement school. They will also add points on your driver’s license.
The Point System
The number of points you receive on your license for a traffic violation depends on the severity of the violation. The more severe the traffic violation, the more points you will receive on your license.
If you receive a certain number of points on your license within a specified period, your driver’s license may be suspended. The following table outlines common traffic tickets as well as their point value in the state of Florida:
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 a crash [6 points]
- 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]
Got A Ticket? Contact Our Team First. You Could Avoid Unnecessary Points.
When you receive a traffic ticket, you have several options. Your first choice is to pay the ticket, which is considered a guilty plea. This guilty plea means points will be added to your license.
However, you do not have to take the consequences lying down. Your second option is to request a hearing to challenge the ticket in court.
If you have received a traffic citation and want to challenge the ticket and possibly avoid these points, we can help. At Canan Law, our experienced lawyers can walk you through the process, making sure to validate the stop and police procedures.