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.
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.
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.
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 & 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.