Tips to Save Your Wallet From a Speeding Ticket

September 28th, 2015

If you or anyone you know has received traffic tickets Illinois in or any other State, you would be aware of the consequences – fines, driving school, community service, points on your record, increased insurance premium, and if the offense is serious, even prison time.

If you were speeding just a little, say 5 miles over the limit, and it’s your first time, you may be let off lightly; even with a warning, if you’re lucky. But if you go say 20 or 30 over, and you’re a repeat offender, you can be sure that the officer is not going to feel kind; you will be ticketed and cited a pretty hefty fine, and have to face other harsh penalties.

If you’re pulled over, take care to

  • Pull over as soon as you can do so safely

  • Stay inside and keep your hands on the wheel

  • Be polite to the officer and don’t admit guilt

  • Hand over documents asked for

  • Drive off only after the officer leaves

This will create a good impression on the officer and they may be inclined to be lenient; also, if you go to court, your good behaviour will help you.

The total cost of your speeding ticket could very well run into thousands of dollars, as, the offender has to shell out dough for the driving school, court fees, your increased premiums, and so on.

Do you really want to do that? Of course not! You can always refuse to pay – and fight the ticket. You can hire an experienced speeding ticket lawyer to represent you in court. Engaging legal help to fight your ticket is not as expensive as you may have thought; it certainly works out cheaper than paying for all those fines and fees!

Hiring a traffic lawyer has its advantages:

  • They are intimately familiar with the law and courtroom tactics

  • They are unfazed by the prosecution and the evidence

  • Their experience allow them to ask confusing questions and present arguments that could turn the case in your favor

Call us today to have an experienced Traffic ticket attorney represent you in court.

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

Top 5 Advantages of Getting into Driving Simulation

August 25th, 2015

There are dozens of driving schools in any given city who promise the best methods, but sometimes it’s just not enough to prepare you to avoid getting Red light ticket Illinois, or get into accidents. So what do you do in such a case when you are not satisfied with the training provided by them?

Try driving simulation, of course! This method can be used by both beginners as well as seniors to improve their driving. These are the five key benefits of driving simulation

  1. Get individual attention – all your individual requirements are taken care of by the instructors or trainers. Your problem areas are considered and strengthened. Simulation provides theoretical and practical training.

  2. You get instant performance analysis and assessments – Every student gets immediate performance analysis and driving assessments so that they can follow up properly by identifying which areas they need to improve on, and what their strong points are.

  3. It’s more interactive and fun – Compared to the conventional driving school, this is an entertaining way to learn driving. No more boring lessons! When you enjoy something, you’re more likely to learn it well and retain what you have learnt too.

  4. Risk-free and trouble free way of learning – This is an absolutely safe way to learn drivingno risk of crashing and damaging property or hurting anyone. Yet, you are taught how to deal with dangerous situations, while you come to no harm.

  5. Learn safe driving techniques – driving simulation training gives a lot of emphasis to safe driving techniques. Without a doubt, this is its most significant benefit. You will be taught to drive with maximum safety and how you can avoid accidents. You are exposed to a large number of potentially catastrophic situations without putting yourself in harm’s way and taught how to prevent them. You will also learn how to avoid getting Illinois red light camera ticket, or committing any other traffic violations.

Driving schools are mandatory when you have been convicted of major traffic infractions.

Remember that being ticketed is not the same as being convictedyou may choose to fight your ticket in court, and avoid all the consequences of a traffic ticket conviction like fines, points, community service and driving school attendance.

Hire our experienced traffic attorneys to fight your case in court at The Ticket Clinic! Call us at 1-800-2482846.

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!

Know What A Traffic Ticket Really Costs You

July 24th, 2015

Traffic tickets Illinois are issued to hundreds of drivers each year by police officers and the cameras installed at intersections/signals. Most drivers think that the best way out is to pay the ticket.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Even if you’re a first time offender, the fine for running a red light or speeding 20-30 miles over the speed limit may easily be over $150. If you’re a repeat offender, or if the violation is of a serious nature, you will be cited for a much heavier fine. A DUI, for example, can carry fines from $500 to $3000.

But it doesn’t end here.

Florida handles traffic tickets on a County basis; so the exact fine may vary depending on which county you were ticketed in. You may have to pay a surcharge in addition to the fine, and also get points added to your driving record.

Having too many points added to your license, or a single DUI conviction can cause your license to be suspended.

If the judge deems it necessary, an ignition interlock device may be installed in your vehicle – paid for by you.

You may be instructed to attend DUI or road safety/ driving school – for which you will have to pay the fees.

You may be required to do community service, which may result in loss of working hours, and subsequently, monetary loss.

You will also have to make numerous appearances in the Court for which you will have to pay the court fees.

Any traffic violation that results in adding points to your driving record will cause your insurance service provider to raise your premium amounts sharply.

A major conviction remains on your record for up to 5, and in some cases, 10 years. Now this is something that you are required to mention whenever you apply for a loan, credit card, job (or your current employer if you’re employed), or even when you want to rent an apartment, to the landlord.

In monetary terms, a traffic ticket conviction can cost you thousands of dollars; in non-monetary terms, it can cause embarrassment and loss of face.

You have an option: Fight your ticket! You don’t have to meekly pay up and admit guilt. Call us today to have an experienced Traffic ticket attorney represent you 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