How Many Points Are On My Florida Driver’s License?

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If a police officer stops your car and gives you a traffic ticket, you might wonder how many points are on your driver’s license. In order to find out, you must obtain a copy of your Florida driver’s license record. You can purchase a copy of your driving record from any driver’s license office, tax collector’s office that offers driver’s licensing services, or the Clerk of the Court in some Florida counties. You can also obtain a copy of your driver’s license record directly from the State of Florida in Tallahassee or from a private vendor. You can find more details at this link: http://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/abstract.html.

No, obtaining your driving records is not free. The current fee is $8.00 for a 3-year record and $10.00 for a 7-year record. I would recommend calling before going to a local government office, so you don’t waste your time only to find out that you can’t get a copy of your records at that location. Obtaining your driver’s license record will allow you to see how many points have been placed on your record. Remember:

  • 12 points earned within 12 months results in a 30-day suspension of your Florida driver’s license
  • 18 points earned within 18 months results in a 3-month suspension of your Florida driver’s license
  • 24 points earned within 36 months results in a 12-month suspension of your Florida driver’s license

If you have points on your Florida driver’s license record and are in danger of license suspension, you may want to consider speaking with an attorney to help you with your case. You can email me at Jeremiah@JeremiahDAllen.com if you would like more information about my law firm or have questions about your traffic ticket. You can also call me at my office in Orlando, Florida at (407) 415-9626

 

Constitutional Rights & Your Florida Traffic Ticket

Though it may not seem like it, you have Constitutional rights when you’re issued a Florida traffic ticket for speeding or another civil traffic infraction, such as running a red light. One of the most important of these Constitutional rights is the right to due processes of law. Judges and lawyers have argued about what constitutes “Due Process” since our country began. In short, it means that each person has the right to be treated fairly by the legal procedures in our country. Your right to Due Process is explained in the 5th and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution.

Why does this matter in traffic court? Look at your ticket – does it state the type of devise that was used to monitor the speed of your car? If not, you could argue that your Due Process rights have been violated, because you weren’t given fair notice of how the police officer measured the speed of your car. Of course, whether the Judge agrees with you or your lawyer is another question.

If you have questions about your traffic ticket, please feel free to call my office at (813)251-8200.

Can a Lawyer Save You Money?

If you have been cited for a civil traffic ticket such as Unlawful Speeding or Careless Driving you may want to consider hiring an attorney to represent you in court. For a reasonable fee a lawyer can represent you and fight your ticket for you. In most cases, if you are represented by an attorney you will not need to appear in court and spend your valuable time waiting in court for your case to be called. A lawyer can work to get your ticket dismissed or have your fine reduced at a traffic court hearing. If your traffic ticket is dismissed or you are given a withhold of adjudication you will not be given points on your driver’s license.

The amount of points you have on your driver’s license is important because if you get too many points within a year your license can be suspended. Additionally, your car insurance company may increase the insurance premium that you are required to pay every month. The money you pay a lawyer to represent you in court for your ticket may save you money on your insurance in the future.

At the Law Office of Jeremiah D. Allen I represent people after they have received a traffic ticket in Hillsborough County and Pinellas County. I will personally handle your case and work hard for the successful resolution of your ticket. I hope you have enjoyed reading my Blog. Please give me a call at (813) 251-8200 if you would like to speak with me in more detail. You can also drop me an email if you have questions about your traffic ticket. My email is Jeremiah@Jeremiahdallen.com.

I look forward to speaking to you about your traffic ticket and how I can defend you.

Why Do Points on Your Driver’s License Matter?

When you are convicted of certain traffic tickets in the State of Florida points will be placed on your license. However, some traffic citations will not result in any points being placed on your license and you will simply be asked to pay a fine. However, having points placed on your drivers license because of a conviction can result in your drivers license being suspended. Check out the following:

  • If you get 12 points within 12 months your license is suspended for 30 days.
  • If you get 18 points within 18 months your license can be suspended for 3 months
  • If you get 24 points within 36 months your license can be suspended for 1 year.

It is important to see how many points will be placed on your license for the ticket that you are given. You can check on Florida DHSMV website where they have each type of citation listed with the point value for each. Here is a link to the website: www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/utc/ViolationPointAndStatuteReference.pdf

If you are wondering how many points are on your driving record you can purchase a copy from any of the Clerk of the Court’s Traffic Office locations.

If you want to contest or fight your ticket you can hire an attorney to represent you at your traffic court hearing. If you have questions or would like to speak to me regarding a traffic ticket, please feel free to call my office at 813-251-8200

Three Options When You Get a Ticket in Florida

When you get a traffic ticket in the State of Florida you have three options:

  1. You can pay the ticket online or at the local clerk of the courts office. Please remember when you do this points will be added to your driver’s license record.
  2. You can elect to go to traffic school in which you will not be given points on your record. However, please remember Florida law limits the amount of times you can use this option.
  3. You can also go to court and contest your ticket at a Traffic Court Hearing. You may want to consider speaking to a Traffic Court Attorney who can explain the process and represent you in court. You can read more about my firm by clicking the “About ” section above. My usual fee for traffic tickets is between $100 and $200. Please feel free to call me at my office at (813) 251-8200 or email me with our questions at Jeremiah@Jeremiahdallen.com.