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DUI 101

Friday, February 21st, 2014

DUI Squad - Field Sobriety Tests

Don’t drink and drive.  That’s a given.  But what happens when you have had too much drink and make the mistake of getting behind the wheel?  When you see those flashing lights in your rearview mirror, you could be facing a life-changing moment.

DUIs are very serious because they carry possible criminal consequences in addition to impacting your driving privileges.  The penalties for getting a DUI in Florida can include jail time, even for a first offense.  So it is critical to take a DUI seriously.

In addition, you will lose your license if you get a DUI – at least temporarily.  In Florida, when you get a DUI, the DMV immediately suspends your driving privileges.  The process to regain your driving privileges may be complicated. For example, if you fail to request a review hearing within 10 days of the receipt of your DUI, you lose the right to contest the suspension of your drivers license. For a first DUI, the automatic suspension is 6 months – a long time to be without a car.

If you have received a DUI, it is important that you know your rights and obligations.  Consider talking to an experienced DUI attorney at The Ticket Clinic. Our DUI lawyers concentrate solely on the art of defending DUI’s in Florida, California and nationwide.  Call us at 1.800.CITATION.


A Busy Boynton Beach Intersection’s Yellow Light Too Short?

Monday, December 16th, 2013


Our very own Ted Hollander spoke to CBS 12 News about the red light cameras located at Boynton Beach Boulevard and Congress Avenue.  From 2011 until October of this year the yellow light, which should have been 4.5 seconds long, was only 4 seconds long, leading to 7,000 red light camera tickets.  Check out what Ted has to say by clicking here.

Tips to Avoid Speeding Tickets

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013


Happy Wednesday everyone!

At The Ticket Clinic, we are big fans of top ten lists.  This one from Popular Mechanics caught our eye earlier this week.   We are particularly partial to #4.  Be quiet.  If you don’t make yourself memorable, there is a good chance that the officer won’t recall specifics of your incident and his or her testimony may be more susceptible to cross-examination.  If you are a do-it-yourselfer, this article provides some good tips.  But if you want an experienced traffic ticket attorney in your corner, consider calling The Ticket Clinic at 1.800.CITATION.

Drive safely and don’t forget that the “no texting and driving” law is in effect in Florida so put down your phones!

Could a Routine Request Have Saved Red Light Camera Violators in Orlando?

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013


Last week Orlando resumed its traffic court operations after a six-month shutdown when the courts ran out of money.  The Ticket Clinic’s Robert Azcano spoke to WFTV Channel 9 in Orlando about the speedy trial laws and whether some of the cases could have been dismissed on those grounds.  To see the full story, click here.

Florida’s Texting and Driving Ban Begins Today!

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013


Starting today, if you text and drive in Florida, you may find yourself being ticketed.

Right now the law makes texting a secondary offense, which means you can’t be pulled over for texting alone.  But you can be pulled over for speeding, reckless driving or another offense and issued a second ticket for texting behind the wheel.  Texting at red lights is okay. A first offense will earn you a $30 fine; a second, $60 – a relatively light punishment for such a hot-button issue.

But, the Florida legislature is already working to make texting while driving a more severe offense, including bills to make it a primary offense (meaning you can be pulled over for texting without committing other driving infraction) and stiffer penalties.

Stay tuned for more on this law as it goes into effect.

Red Light Camera Citations Down?

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

This blurb in the Sun Sentinel caught our eye.  It claims that red light camera citations in Florida are down during the period of 2010 – 2013 and asks “are we getting used to red light cameras?”

But more likely citations could be down as a result of many cities suspending or ending their red light camera programs in the face of mounting opposition and increasing costs.  What do you think is driving the downturn in tickets?

How “Sleeping it Off” Can Lead to a DUI

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013


So you went out drinking last night, but you were responsible and took a cab home.  Now it’s morning and time to head to work so you brew a pot of coffee, scramble some eggs, hop in your car and drive to the office.  Could you be nabbed for a DUI?  It is probably the last thing on your mind but it is a real possibility that you should be aware of after a night of heavy drinking.

Consider this: Age, weight, gender, food consumption and how quickly you downed those drinks will all play a role in how quickly you sober up.  Generally, your blood alcohol content (BAC) lowers by a rate of about .015 percent per hour.  So if you are out drinking till 2 am with a BAC of .2 percent and you wake up at 8 am, your BAC is still around .110, which is over the legal limit in all states.

There are websites that claim to calculate your BAC based upon your weight, alcohol consumption and type of alcohol consumed, but every individual metabolizes alcohol differently so when in doubt, stay off the roads.

If you are arrested for DUI, consider contacting an experienced attorney to help you navigate the system.  The Ticket Clinic has handled over 1 million traffic related offenses, including DUI.  Call us at 1.800.CITATION.

The Ticket Clinic Continues to Fight Red Light Cameras in Florida

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013



The Ticket Clinic’s Robert Azcano was featured in this weekend’s Orlando Sentinel discussing the changes to Florida’s red light camera appeals process and how it works to the detriment of Florida motorists.  To read the article, click here.

If you have received a red light camera ticket, consider speaking to an experienced traffic ticket attorney to help you navigate the new appeals process.  At The Ticket Clinic, we have handled over 1 million tickets for traffic-related offenses and we are leading the fight against red light cameras.  Call us at 1.800.CITATION.

School is Back in Session – Drive Safely!

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013


School is back in session this week in Florida, which means that you will start to see the flashing yellows again when you drive through school zones.  The minimum ticket for speeding in a school zone is around $150, depending on where you drive, but it can increase sharply depending on how fast you are going so remember to slow down when you see the flashing lights.

Also, remember to stop for school buses!  If a school bus is stopped with its flashing stop signs on, you are required to stop if you are going in either direction, The only exception is that you do not have to stop for school buses that are facing the opposite direction if there is a physical barrier, such as a wall or an unpaved median, between you and the oncoming traffic.

Drive safely and if you do find yourself ticketed, consider speaking to an experienced traffic ticket attorney.  At The Ticket Clinic, we have handled over 1 million traffic-related offenses!  Call us at 1.800.CITATION.

Right Turn on Red: Can You Get a Red Light Camera Ticket?

Monday, August 12th, 2013


At The Ticket Clinic, we have seen many red light camera tickets for making a right turn on red.  The red light camera laws state that a red light camera ticket cannot be issued if the driver makes the turn in a “careful and prudent” manner.  While Florida law requires the driver to come to a full stop and a police officer can issue a ticket in person if the driver does not come to a full stop, the red light camera tickets have a lower standard.  Yet, because of the vague language cities are taking a liberal reading of “careful and prudent” and issuing red light camera tickets if the driver does not come to a full stop.  Many individuals are unaware of this distinction between and chose to simply pay the red light camera ticket because they think they must be guilty.  But as long as a pedestrian, bike or oncoming car, a rolling stop when making a right on red that is made carefully should not be a citable offense.

If you have questions about a red light camera ticket for making a right turn on red, contact us at 1.800.CITATION.  For over 30 years, The Ticket Clinic has handled solely traffic related offenses and DUI.  We are leading the fight against red light cameras!