Disabled Drivers: Facts to be Aware of!

December 10th, 2015

Most states have special provisions for a disabled driver. A person with disabilities refers to anyone with physical limitations, regardless of the cause. To apply for disability placards or license plates, you’ll be required to have a doctor or another approved medical professional to certify your disability in the application. In some cases, you may have to pay a fee for your permit. You can either apply for a temporary or a permanent permit.

  • Temporary permit fee: $15
  • Permanent permit fee: free

Temporary permits are valid up to 6 months after which you will need a doctor’s certification for a second term. If you receive a traffic ticket in Florida during this period, it is best if you consult a traffic ticket attorney, who will guide you through the disabled driver rights.

If your medical condition is long term, you have the option of applying for a wheelchair logo  (disabled) license plate. Your long term permit is valid for 4 years.

If you have a medical condition that deems you as a Florida disabled driver, you are eligible to apply for a disability placard. The idea behind the disability placard is to allow you special parking privileges within a parking lot and other special privileges that are granted to those who are disabled within the state of Florida.

The placard must be displayed on the rear view mirror of your vehicle and the permit number must be visible to anyone standing outside your vehicle. If you “lend” your permit to anyone, it may lead to a Florida Suspended license or suspension of your permit. Anyone who uses your disabled parking permit unlawfully may have to face a jail term of six months and pay a fine of $2,000.

Once the 4 year validity of regular disabled parking permits is over, submit a registered copy of the  old parking permit, along with the required fees to the tax collector’s office or to the license plate agency in the county where you live, to seek renewal. A temporary permit cannot be renewed.

Were you cited for a traffic violation while driving with a disabled driver’s license? Just call us at 1(800) 248-2846 today. Don’t pay your ticket – fight it! Our firm has years of experience handling cases similar to yours – just check our track record. Rest easy while we go to court for you!

Are there Lawful Reasons for Speeding?

December 5th, 2015

Speeding is the most common traffic violation committed even by the most experienced  drivers. Which of course, leads to a speeding ticket issued by the law enforcement officer. Now remember that this doesn’t constitute your guilt. You need not pay – Fight your ticket!

There are essentially three types of speed limits being enforced around the country: “absolute,” “presumed” and “basic” speed limits, but it is also important to remember that the laws for speeding vary from state to state.

But what if it was possible to avoid a ticket and the stamp on your driving record? There are some reasons which could be considered valid and legal for driving over the speed limit which your speeding ticket lawyer Florida can use in your defense.

  • Driver’s speeding was caused because of the actions of the police or other law enforcement officers. A motorist’s claim that he exceeded the speed limit only to get away from a police car that was being driven in a rampant manner or was hurriedly switching lanes, causing him to fear an accident, can be sufficient to avoid a conviction for speeding.
  • Speeding in response to emergency. A motorist can raise a defense when an emergency made it impossible for him/her to comply with the speeding laws. But if the motorist could get away from the emergency without having to speed then the reason may not accepted as a defense. Self defense and safety of passenger can also be considered. The motorist was speeding in order to get away from any driver maneuvering haphazardly can be a valid defense.
  • Identity of the driver. There can be no conviction until the prosecution can prove that the driver behind the wheel was the defendant.
  • The vehicle identity. The radar evidence may be inaccurate because it may have captured the wrong vehicle at the time of incident. Another car in front of one might be the guilty party and this can be used in your defense.
  • Jurisdiction of law enforcement. The lack of authority of the officer, in a particular jurisdiction to enforce laws in the given place can be used in your defense. In such a state, the driver usually needs to produce evidence that the police officer didn’t have the legal authority to stop the driver for speeding.

It is critical that you understand the speeding laws in your state when you make your defense. An experienced speeding ticket lawyer like the ones at the Ticket Clinic can use these arguments effectively, and defend you in court. Call us now at 1(800) 248-2846 to know more!

6 Myths About a Speeding Ticket

September 14th, 2015

You’re cruising along on the highway, and suddenly you hear the ‘whoop-whoop’ of the police siren, see flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Uh-oh! You’re being asked to pull over. You were probably going a few miles over the speed limit, without realizing.

The officer writes you a ticket for speeding. Now, what? Most people are not aware of the facts when it comes to speeding tickets. Many misconceptions surround them:

When you receive a ticket, you must pay up as quickly as possible: You have the right to claim innocence; you need not pay. You must, however, respond, and mention that you intend to fight the ticket in court. You can hire an experienced speeding ticket lawyer to represent you in court.

  1. If the officer doesn’t turn up in court, the ticket is automatically dismissed: Good luck with that! The magistrate may decide to re-schedule, or go ahead with the hearing. It is only on very rare occasions that the ticket gets dismissed automatically.

  2. Any mistake on the ticket is grounds for dismissal: The officer can correct typographical errors with permission from the magistrate.

  3. If you refuse to sign the ticket, it becomes invalid: By signing, you are only acknowledging that you have received the ticket; not admitting guilt.

  4. Matching the ‘flow of traffic’ or ‘passing a slow driver’ are valid excuses for ticket dismissal: Absolutely not; even if every other driver was doing 80 in a 55 mph zone, and you were doing 70 and were the only one ticketed, it still stands. Ensure you don’t go over the limit regardless of what others are doing; to overtake/pass a slow driver also, you need to be within the limit.

  5. You’re more likely to get a ticket towards the month-end as officers have to meet their quotas, and are safe in the initial period: You’re fooling yourself if you believe that. Most departments don’t have quotas; those that do, set them pretty low. So nobody’s rushing to fill them at the end of the month; they could be doing it at any time!

If you’re cited multiple times, you might have a suspended license Florida in addition to other harsh penalties.

Have you been ticketed for speeding? Our experienced traffic attorneys are well-versed with courtroom tactics and will help you get your ticket dismissed or charges reduced. Call us today at 1800-248-2846

Tips Used to Restore Your License After a Revocation

August 23rd, 2015

Whenever you commit a traffic infraction, you are ticketed; based on the type of violation, you are required to pay fines, and you get points on your driving license.

Accumulating over 12 points on your driving licence in a year will result in a Florida suspended license for 30 days; 18 points in as many months will earn you a 3-month suspension, and 24 points in years can result in your license being suspended for a whole year. Apart from this, your licence can be suspended for a variety of reasons.

You need to contact the Florida DMV Driver License Office or apply online, and pay the reinstatement fee; depending on the offense, you may be required to pay additional fees or produce documents as asked for by the court.

  • DUI conviction: You will need to complete a certain number of hours of DUI school as mandated by the tribunal, and undergo treatment if required. You will also need to submit proof of bodily injury liability insurance.

  • Failure to comply with the summons: you need to contact the traffic court in the county where the warrant was issued, satisfy it and present the proof along with the suspension reinstatement fee. You can do this online or at any driver license office.

  • Inadequate vision: you will need to submit the report of an eye test where you have been certified with adequate vision.

  • Habitual traffic offender: this results in a 5-year suspension; you can apply for a hardship license after a year and enroll in advanced driver improvement school.

  • Any traffic violation that results in bodily injury or death of another person (not DUI): You can apply for a hardship license; that is if you require it for work. You will be required to attend advanced driver improvement school.

This suspension is accompanied by heavy fines and possible jail time depending on the severity of the violation and its after effects.

You can get a suspended licence Florida for other reasons like being delinquent with child support payments, driving without a licence or insurance, driving in spite of suspended license, and so on.

If you have received a notice of suspension or a traffic ticket that could result in suspension, you need not meekly pay up. Call us at 1-800-2482846.

4 Major Reasons for a Suspended License.

August 14th, 2015

When you commit a traffic violation, you will: a) be given a ticket by the police officer who flags you down or b) receive a ticket in the mail if a red light or speed camera has clicked you.

The most common violations are speeding, running red lights, stop signs, and illegal turns. These are relatively minor violations, but you will still need to pay the fine, and get points on your record. However, some traffic violations are categorized as ‘criminal’ and can result in suspended license Florida.

  1. DUI – If you are convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol or any drug (even prescription), leaving you with impaired ability, you will have to pay hefty fines and your license is suspended for 180 days to 1 year, depending on the situation.

  2. Refusing a breathalyzer/ blood/urine test – When you get your driving license, it is understood that you will subject yourself to such tests when required by the authorities. Refusing to undergo the tests will result in license suspension.

  3. Driving without a license or a suspended license – this is a serious offense, any will result in further suspension and possible jail time.

  4. Driving without Insurance – It is mandatory that your vehicle is properly insured, and that you carry it with you. If you don’t do so if you are pulled over for say speeding, and the officer finds this out, your license will be suspended.

Apart from these reasons, if you accumulate 12 points in one year, your license will be suspended for 30 days; if you get 18 points in 18 months, the suspension is for 3 months; and if you get 24 points in 3 years, then you will be without a license for a whole year.

But don’t get panicky thinking about a suspension! If you have been ticketed for a traffic violation, it doesn’t mean you’re convicted. You have a choice – fight your ticket! Do NOT pay up immediately. Respond by the date specified and mention that you are fighting the ticket.

An experienced speeding ticket lawyer will represent you in court and help get your charges dismissed or reduced, saving you hundreds of dollars, embarrassment, and inconvenience.

Call the Ticket Clinic now to have a lawyer fight your ticket in court!

4 Ways to Reduce the Impact of Traffic Ticket

July 12th, 2015

Receiving a traffic ticket can cost you big bucks. The fines do not vary much, but the surcharges do vary by state and county. Reckless driving in Florida,  for example,  may incur different charges in Miami than what you would pay in Jacksonville.

Before you pay the fine, always explore your options, because when you pay the ticket charge you are admitting your guilt and have points added to your driving record.

Here are a few ways to reduce the impact of your traffic ticket:

  1. In some states, you can complete a defensive driving course. This is also referred to as the traffic school or driver improvement. The Motor Vehicle Department of the state often approves these. Taking a defensive driving course can reduce or remove points on your driving record, reinstate your driver’s license, but in this case, dismiss a traffic ticket. The eligibility to take the course is decided by the state’s DMV agency.

  2. You can opt to fight your ticket. Consider reaching out to an experienced Traffic Ticket Attorney. A traffic ticket attorney will be able to review your case and determine your defense strategy. Depending on the nature of your ticket, an attorney may help dismiss the charges against you, reduce the fines, keep the points from going on your driving record and also keep the car insurance from shooting up.

  3. Keep your vehicle registration, license plates, state inspection and your vehicle insurance updated. Letting any of these expire may draw extra attention by the law enforcement authorities; this can also be used against you in court so keep yourself updated.

  4. Avoid getting into trouble and receiving more tickets. Some insurance companies often reduce the insurance rates resulting from driving offenses provided you don’t get further tickets. These insurance companies gradually eliminate the rates resulting from your first offense if you continue to maintain a clean record.

The best way is to stay out of trouble. This means obeying the traffic rules and keeping your vehicle in good order. And if you have been ticketed for traffic violations? Our experienced traffic attorneys are well-versed with courtroom tactics and will help you get your ticket dismissed or charges reduced. Call us today at 1800-248-2846

5 Things You Should Avoid While Driving

June 26th, 2015

In Florida, driving is not a right you become automatically entitled to. It is a privilege that must be earned by adhering to proper driving principles. Any infraction can cost you dearly in terms of suspended license, hefty fines, points on traffic record and even imprisonment. If you happen to incur many violation points through traffic tickets Florida and so on within a defined time period on your license, you are in for trouble. The five things discussed below, is what you should definitely avoid while driving or else you may invite serious problems.

Driving under influence

Most of us tend to take the car for a spin after consuming alcohol hoping that it would go unnoticed. But, Florida roads surveillance is conducted in a hawk-eyed manner by officers and through traffic cameras. This means that any abnormality in the traffic pattern would be taken note of and you would be penalized accordingly. So, you must stay away from such illegal actions.

Reckless driving

Your careless driving puts others’ lives and assets at risk, apart from endangering your own life. It is a serious traffic offence. The main reasons for reckless driving are texting or chatting while driving, driving while inebriated, and so on. Traffic infractions of this type can cause you 4 violation points on your driving license. This is something to really worry about.

Leaving the scene of an accident with damage of at least $50

If you are caught in an accident while driving, you should not flee the scene if the perceivable asset damage is worth more than $50. It is not just unethical but such a gesture also invites legal consequences. This infraction is viewed seriously and can attract traffic tickets Miami apart from other punitive actions. Accidents are not deliberate and you should wait for the arrival of traffic enforcement officer on the scene. You will also become eligible for 6 violation points.

Going past the posted speed limit by 15 MPH or more

Over-speeding is a major reason for issuance of traffic tickets Florida. While driving, you need to respect the posted speed limits to avoid accidents. It is obvious that over speeding reduces your control over the vehicle. 4 violation points would added to your traffic record, if you are adjudged guilty of the same.

Exhibiting disobedience of traffic control signals

Jumping the red light signal or not obeying other traffic controls should be strictly avoided while driving, to ensure optimal safety for your self and the other drivers on the road Always remember that all have equal rights on road and you should respect this fact.

You can steer clear of traffic tickets Miami by following the above mentioned tips while driving.

Have you been ticketed for traffic violations? Our experienced traffic attorneys are well-versed with courtroom tactics and will help you get your ticket dismissed or charges reduced. Call us today at 1800-248-2846

Tips to Reduce Your Red Light Ticket Fine

June 23rd, 2015

Red light ticket Florida is disproportionately high and nothing is more distressing than receiving a red light ticket fine in your mail. But, you can have your fine reduced by adhering to the below mentioned tips.

Watch out for ‘Photo Enforced Sign’

You should ascertain beforehand if the road intersection has a red light camera installed. This can be easily known by spotting ‘Photo Enforced’ sign which is usually posted within a few miles from the approaching intersection. You can accordingly adjust your driving to escape being implicated by red light cameras in Florida.

Paying attention to the stop line

The sensor which gets triggered to activate the red light camera is installed near this line. It is essential that you should know where to pull in your vehicle when the red light gets turned on to avoid receiving the ticket. Camera flashing would not occur if the rear tires of your vehicle have passed the line before the traffic light turns red. If your vehicle comes to a halt over the line the moment the red light gets turned on, the camera may flash but the trigger would not be completely activated. In this case, you would not be held liable for receiving a Red light camera ticket.

If your vehicle has not crossed the line and the traffic signal turns red, you should pay heed to it and stop immediately. Else, you run the risk of triggering the sensor which would cause the camera to flash twice. You would automatically become entitled for a hefty red light violation fine.

Making a right turn

Florida law states that right turns are permissible when the red light is on but they should be done carefully and prudently. Some intersections do not permit right hand turns. If you are planning to take a right turn, you should be aware of the status of the same for the particular intersection else you would be held guilty by red light cameras Miami.

You can know this by spotting ‘No Turn on Red’ signpost or by reading the ‘Photo enforced’ sign to see if it carries ‘includes right turns’ words.

Consult an attorney

If you have been handed over a red light ticket, you need not worry or pay the fine upfront. You need to consult a seasoned traffic attorney who will represent the case on your behalf and get the ticket dismissed in the court. But make sure that you are backed by the most experienced and exceptionally efficient people. Otherwise, things may not go in your favour.

Our experienced traffic attorneys are well-versed with courtroom tactics and will help you get your ticket dismissed or charges reduced. Call us today at 1800-248-2846

Top 10 Safe Driving Tips

June 12th, 2015

Road accidents caused by reckless driving constitute the fifth leading cause of deaths in Florida. This has necessitated the implementation of strict driving laws; careless driving can subject you to Florida speeding ticket or other penalties.

Adhering religiously to the top ten defensive driving tips will insulate you from suspended license Florida.

1) Don’t get distracted while driving

You should not allow your attention to stray while driving. Keep focussed on the road and the controls of your vehicle. Don’t engage in spirited discussions with co-passengers or allow phones, AC or other elements to interfere with your driving. Multi-tasking must be avoided and in case if you want to do anything, stop the vehicle and do the task.

2) Drive prudently and don’t trust other drivers on road

You need to perfect your driving skills and always remember that other drivers may be reckless and commit mistakes. So, proper care must be taken no matter how much of an expert you are.

3) Drive slowly

Behind the wheels of your car, you may experience an ineffable thrill in speeding. But higher the speed of the car, the more time it would take to come to a halt and consequently the crash impact would be more severe. Don’t exceed the recommended speed limits. The instructions are for your safety.

4) Equip you vehicle with safety devices

Drive a car that has a high safety rating and has got sufficient number of air bags, child restraints, seat belt adjusters and other personal protective equipment installed. It may be a bit expensive but your life is priceless.

5) Always use the seat belt

Buckling up reduces the injury potential in a crash by about fifty percent. Though it may seem irritating, using seat belts is a very wise thing to do.

6) Don’t drive after boozing

Driving under influence is the leading cause of many road accidents and such reckless driving Florida practice is severely dealt with by traffic laws.

7) Pull over on red signal

Jumping the red light can lead to fatal intersection collisions. As you approach an intersection, slow down and keep an eye for the various signposts that should dictate your driving pattern over there.

8) Use blinkers

Seamless lane changes and turns can be brought about by the use of blinkers which allows other drivers to take note of your vehicle turning and slow down accordingly.

9) Don’t’ text or chat over phone while driving

Such actions can cost you dearly. Any distraction can invite dangerous mishaps.

10) Always maintain safe distance between yourself and other vehicles

Tailgating is attributed with majority of rear end collisions and you will be liable for footing the damage bills.

Reckless driving Florida can land you in serious trouble and you can escape the same by observing these defensive driving tips.

Have you been ticketed for traffic violations? Our experienced traffic attorneys are well-versed with courtroom tactics and will help you get your ticket dismissed or charges reduced. Call us today at 1800-248-2846

Everything You Need to Know about Ignoring A Red Light Camera Ticket in Florida

May 21st, 2015

Ignoring traffic tickets in Florida can lead to unnecessary complications. However due to your busy schedule, suppose you do end up ignoring an important traffic violation notification such as a red light camera ticket in Florida, you should be aware of the repercussions of this. A red light camera in Florida notes when the driver does not come to a full stop before turning right on red light and is not “careful and prudent” while turning right at a permissible right turn during red light.

How is a red light camera ticket different from a normal traffic ticket

The scary thing is that you might not know that you have been issued a red light camera ticket, because its not issued in the usual way where the cop stops you and writes you up for the violation. Getting a red light camera ticket is different from getting a normal traffic ticket, which is also why it is easier to ignore it and forget about it. You get to know that you were issued a red light camera ticket in Florida only when you are mailed the standard 277$ Uniform Traffic Citation (UTC).

Paying the ticket will mean an admission of guilt

Once you receive the 277$ UTC, you have 30 days to fight the ticket. Paying the fee will mean that you do, in fact, admit that you are guilty of the traffic law violation. This will also result in an increase in your insurance rate. Therefore avoid paying the fee in order to avoid being convicted on your driving record.

Ignoring the ticket will mean license suspension

In the given 30 days, if you fail to fight the ticket or pay the fee of 277$, your ticket will go to collections where the price will be doubled! Moreover, your license will also be suspended. At all costs, do not ignore the red light camera ticket, if you do not want the trouble of having to reinstate your suspended license.

In the scenario where you receive a red light camera ticket in Florida, the best option is to fight it within 30 days. With the help of a skilled and experienced Florida Traffic Ticket Attorney , you can present your best case and avoid being convicted for red light camera violation. Call 1800-248-2846 for immediate help in fighting your traffic ticket!