Getting a ticket for running a red light is one of the most frequently issued citations in Florida. If you choose to just pay the fine, it will automatically cost you four points on your driving record and most likely raise your insurance rates. After 2009, it is also mandatory to complete a basic driver improvement course. It's important to know what your legal rights and options are because it could be possible to reduce or even eliminate these penalties.
If an officer issues you a ticket for running a red light, we can help you fight it. We can help you reduce or eliminate the fine, points and driver's school. But if you are sent a citation automatically by one of the many new Red Light cameras being installed at intersections statewide, and you pay it, there are no points issued against your record. Your insurance will not be affected either, but realize if you do not pay your photo ticket, you will thereafter not be able to register your car.
But when an officer stops you and issues the ticket, it does carry the penalty of 4 points and a fine. This when we can help you the most, as it is now a matter of the officer's word against yours. Our traffic ticket attorneys in Tampa are very experienced in dealing with these kinds of cases. We know the issuing officer must be able to prove his case for it to stand up in traffic court. If he cannot, then the citation can be dismissed entirely.
Contact a Tampa Traffic Offenses Lawyer at our offices if you are ticketed for running a red light. We can determine the best defense you can present to protect your rights and reduce or eliminate your ticket.