Tampa Defense Attorney for Traffic Offenses
Are you fighting a traffic violation?
While the term traffic offense may sound mild the consequences and penalties
can be severe. Your license to drive or operate a vehicle can easily be
suspended and your right to drive lost. Monetary fines can run into the
thousands of dollars and automotive insurance rates generally skyrocket
to prohibitive levels. Jail time, community service, mandated counseling
and humiliating devices to monitor one's sobriety are all possible
as the result of traffic offense convictions.
Offenses such as a
DUI can carry automatic license suspension if appropriate actions are not
taken within very short time frames. Because of the time sensitive nature
of a traffic offense it is important that you seek the help and advice of a
Tampa criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Losing Your Driving Privileges
Being allowed to drive or operate a vehicle in Florida is not a right,
it is a privilege. The loss of this privilege can be devastating to one's
ability to earn a living, to shop for food or other necessity and to lead
a full social life. This privilege can be taken from you not just because
of a traffic offense but for reasons such as writing bad checks or not
paying child support. If you are caught DWLSR (Driving with License Suspended
or Revoked) you can face heavy penalties and fines.
If it is determined that you were DWLSR
with knowledge then there is even the possibility that this could be considered a felony
which can include jail time. Given enough violations within certain time
periods can result in being judged a Habitual Traffic Offender, or a HTO,
and you will face the very real likelihood of losing your license for
Driving under the influence, or a DUI, is a very serious offense and must
be fought with an experienced and skilled defense. Every aspect of how
you were accused and of how the evidence against you was obtained must
be questioned and evaluated. The simple fact of having been arrested for
a DUI does not mean an automatic or predetermined conviction. A traffic
offense can cover many areas from minor infractions to serious legal problems
such as a DUI or reckless driving. Our attorney team at Taracks Rickman
& Associates has years of experience defending our clients facing
traffic offense charges. Whether it is the intricacies of challenging
the validity of
field sobriety tests or tackling a moving violation offense your interests are best served
by calling us today.
Common Traffic Offenses
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
many people view minor traffic violations flippantly. Were you pulled
over for driving over the speed limit? Speeding is one of the most common
traffic violations committed on the roads today. Although speeding may
seem harmless, it may cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle
or amplify the consequences of a traffic accident. A survey conducted
by NHTSA indicated that people also tend to run red lights.
Whether intentionally or unintentionally, running a red light can lead
to serious fines. If you've been accused of entering an intersection
while the light was red, talk to an attorney from Taracks Rickman &
Associates today. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is another
common traffic offense. Drunk driving is never okay, but convicting an
innocent motorist of a crime he/she didn't commit is wrong, too. If
you've been accused of drunk driving, a conviction could mean incarceration,
fines, community services and probation.