Jacksonville’s citizens sometimes go out for a drive, thinking that the conditions of the road will be suitable for driving. Others go out for a drive not being suitable to drive themselves. In either situation, the costs can be tremendous. If one has been charged with a traffic violation or criminal offense resulting from a traffic stop, one should obtain an experienced attorney to fight the case and ensure one’s rights are protected.
An unidentified young woman was killed about 5:30 a.m. when her car hit a tree in the 1200 block of Girvin Road on Christmas Eve. Paramedics arrived to find the driver dead. There were no passengers, and police have not released the name or age of the victim yet.
Traffic tickets for speeding and other violations do not carry criminal penalties, but they still have the ability to negatively influence one’s driving record and one’s life. Points against one’s driver’s license for a traffic ticket will typically cause an increase in one’s insurance rates. If one accumulates a certain amount of points, one’s license can be suspended or revoked. After a traffic offense, one may experience pressure to attend traffic school to reduce or avoid fines and license points, but this option may not be one’s best option for handling a ticket.
Criminal citations carry fines and other penalties, including possible jail time. An experienced traffic violations defense attorney can help one fight traffic violations charges such as:
– Driving on a suspended license, expired license or no valid license
– Fleeing and eluding
– Hit and run
– Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO)
– Failure to appear for a court date
One cannot just pay a fine and hope that these charges go away, particularly for those charges that require a mandatory appearance in court. It is important to hire an experienced attorney to defend one’s rights against a criminal traffic violation. One can potentially avoid the points and have a seasoned professional helping to fight for one’s rights. The following point values correspond to the speeding ticket violation designations according to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV):
– Less than 15 mph over the limit- 3 points
– More than 15 mph over the limit- 4 points
– Speeding resulting in a crash- 6 points
Law enforcement may ask for permission or impose authority to search the vehicle under the assumption of probable cause. The officer may determine that a field sobriety test should be conducted he or she suspects a person is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In order to detect impairment from drugs, many police departments have Drug Recognition Experts (DRE). These DREs are police officers who have been trained in drug-impairment detection. In some situations, their search may lead to criminal charges depending upon what the officer finds, or his or her personal perception of the person’s sobriety.
One can either hope that the system is fair and treats one with the dignity of a citizen that is expected under the Constitution, or one can obtain an experienced Jacksonville traffic violations defense attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights and defenses are known and protected. One should not have to face an army of difficult legal problems alone. One needs an experienced attorney.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Additional Source: Jacksonville motorist killed in Christmas Eve crash, Dan Scanlan, The Florida Times-Union