Careless driving is a "catch all" type citation, giving law enforcement officers wide discretion to ticket drivers. Under Florida Statute 316.1925, "any person operating a vehicle upon the streets or highways within the state shall drive the same in a careful and prudent manner, having regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic and all other attendant circumstances, so as to not endanger the life, limb or property of any person." This means that, even in the absence of an accident, an officer may ticket you for any action he finds unreasonable.
Careless driving carries hefty fines and points on your license in Florida. This means that, if you are adjudicated guilty, you will likely face increased insurance premiums and the possibility of a suspended license. At Taracks & Associates we aggressively fight Careless Driving citations in a variety of ways. Our first goal is always to get a ticket dismissed; the second goal would be avoiding points on your license. In traffic court, the law enforcement officer who issued the initial citation is the "prosecutor" and he or she must provide proof to the judge in order for you to be convicted. If witnesses don't appear, or you can provide your own evidence to disprove the charge against you, a lawyer with our firm might be able to get your ticket dismissed entirely.
Call us today for a free case evaluation: 813-281-2897. One of our experienced traffic ticket lawyers will be happy to evaluate your case and go over your options with you. We have three former state prosecutors on staff who know how the law and how the system works. We will fight to keep your record clean and help you to avoid fines, insurance premium hikes, and license suspensions. Taracks & Associates – The Advocate For You.