Florida Red Light Cameras: Locations of Tampa Traffic Citation Cameras

Cameras at traffic lights have become a popular way to enforce safety on the roads. Unfortunately, they have also become a way to give out traffic citations to more Florida drivers.

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Florida red light camera. Photo provided by dno1967b.

Florida red light cameras exist at specific intersections and are meant to prevent crashes at intersections, specifically during red lights. If you enter an intersection with a camera after the light turns red, the camera will snap a photo of your license plate, and you’ll be issued a ticket in the mail. If you’re already in the intersection when the light turns red, you won’t be cited.

According to the City of Tampa’s website, close to 2 million crashes a year happen in an intersection. In 2010, 642 intersection crashes in Hillsborough County were caused by running red lights, the website notes.

The following intersections have cameras that track cars that run red lights in Tampa, according to the city’s website:

1. Eastbound E. Fowler Avenue at N. Nebraska Avenue

2. Westbound E. Busch Boulevard at N. Nebraska Avenue

3. Southbound N. Nebraska Avenue at E. Busch Boulevard

4. Northbound N. Nebraska Avenue at E. Fowler Avenue

5. Westbound E. Hillsborough Avenue at N. Nebraska Avenue

6. Northbound N. Nebraska Avenue at E. Hillsborough Avenue

7. Eastbound E. Hillsborough Avenue at N. 40th Street

8. Westbound E. Hillsborough Avenue at N. 40th Street

9. Northbound N. 40th Street at E. Hillsborough Avenue

10. Eastbound E. Hillsborough Avenue at N. 22nd Street

11. Westbound E. Hillsborough Ave at N. 22nd Street

12. Eastbound W. Waters Avenue at N. Florida Avenue

13. Southbound N. Florida Avenue at E. Waters Avenue

14. Northbound N. Florida Avenue at E. Waters Avenue

15. Southbound N. Florida Avenue at E. Busch Boulevard

16. Eastbound E. Busch Boulevard at N. Florida Avenue

17. Westbound E. Busch Boulevard at N. Florida Avenue

18. Westbound W Waters Avenue at N. Armenia Avenue

19. Southbound N. Armenia Avenue at W. Waters Avenue

20. Eastbound W. Waters Avenue at N. Armenia Avenue

21. Northbound N. Armenia Avenue at W. Hillsborough Avenue

22. Southbound N. Himes Avenue at W. Hillsborough Avenue

23. Northbound N. Lois Avenue at W. Hillsborough Avenue

24. Eastbound E. Adamo Drive at S. 50th Street.

25. Northbound S. 50th Street at E. Adamo Drive

26. Southbound S. 50th Street at E. Adamo Drive

27. Eastbound W. Kennedy Boulevard at N. Ashley Drive

28. Eastbound S. Dale Mabry Highway at W. Kennedy Boulevard

29. Northbound S. Dale Mabry Highway at W. Kennedy Boulevard

30. Southbound S. Dale Mabry Highway at W. Gandy Boulevard

31. Eastbound W. Gandy Boulevard at S. Dale Mabry Highway

32. Eastbound N. Dale Mabry Highway at W. Columbus Drive

33. Westbound N. Dale Mabry Highway at W. Columbus Drive

34. Southbound S. Manhattan Avenue at W. Gandy Boulevard

35. Eastbound W. Gandy Boulevard at S. Manhattan Avenue

36. Westbound W. Gandy Boulevard at S. Manhattan Avenue

37. Westbound W. Gandy Boulevard at S. Westshore Boulevard

38. Eastbound W. Gandy Boulevard at S. Westshore Boulevard

39. Northbound S. Westshore Boulevard at W. Gandy Boulevard

These red light cameras, and the traffic laws that accompany them, are relatively new, and a lot of people have chosen to fight their red light infraction in court.

Over the last several months, several cases regarding Florida red light cameras have been questioned. Some judges in the area have even questioned the constitutionality of the camera traffic citation process. I hope to continue to inform you on the development of these cases in future blog posts.

If you have received this traffic citation, or any others, and would like to learn more about your rights, feel free to reach out to me at (813) 251-8200 or email me at Jeremiah@JeremiahDAllen.com.

How much does a DUI in Florida cost?

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DUI Checkpoint. Photo Provided by DUI Bail Bonds Las Vegas

As a DUI lawyer in Tampa, I’m often asked how much a DUI costs in Florida.

“Jeremiah, what kind of costs are associated with a DUI in Florida?”

Despite the obvious threat of harm posed to the driver and to others on the road, drinking under the influence can put a major dent into your finances.

In Florida, it is against the law to drive with a breath alcohol level of .08 or above. Harsh fines from the state are  known to quickly add up with each DUI offense.

The First Offense

According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles‘ official website, first conviction of a DUI will typically result in a fine somewhere between $500 and $1,000. If a breathalyzer test demonstrates that you were driving with a “blood/breath alcohol level (BAL)” of .15 or higher, or you are driving with a minor in your vehicle, you’ll be hit with a fine between $1,000 and $2,000. This is just the fine issued by the state.  There are other factors that will deplete your bank account as well.

Court appearances, allotting time for community service and meetings with a probation officer often lead to missed work and, therefore, loss of pay. If you elect to refrain from hiring a DUI lawyer (defense attorney), you may face harsher punishments including imprisonment. A first DUI conviction can also lead to authorities impounding your vehicle. In addition to the loss of transportation, you will also need to pay the impoundment fees to get your car back.

After a first DUI in Florida, you can expect to pay for the conviction long after your court dates and probation ends, in the form of higher auto insurance. A DUI offender will have a mark on their driving record and insurers will often raise monthly premiums in accordance with what they assess to be a “higher-risk” driver. These higher premiums often last longer than three years.

Beyond the First Conviction

If a single DUI in Florida doesn’t seem like enough financial hardship, let’s take a look at the financial penalties for a second conviction and beyond. According to the FHSMV’s official website, second conviction of a DUI will result in a fine between $1,000 and $2,000. If you blow .15 or higher, or are driving with a minor in the car, you’ll pay between $2,000 and $4,000 to the state.

Third, fourth and subsequent convictions fines begin at $2,000, not to mention the repercussions to loss of driving privileges, etc. Loss of work, legal fees, impoundment costs and raised auto insurance premiums can be expected to be more expensive for subsequent convictions.

A DUI in Florida can put a major strain on your finances. As an experienced DUI lawyer in Florida, I can help review these costs for you and to make sure that you are not unfairly fined for a DUI charge. Please feel free to reach out to me at (407)415-9626 or email me at Jeremiah@JeremiahDAllen.com.

Can the Police Take Your DNA When You Are Arrested in Florida?

The United States Supreme Court often has to decide what level is government intrusion is considered constitutional. This has become a common theme recently and I thought it would be helpful to share some insight into one case that has recently become controversial. In the recent Supreme Court case, Maryland v. King, the court was asked to decide on the constitutionality of a Maryland State Statute that allows law enforcement officers to take a DNA sample of a person – when they’re arrested and before they are convicted of any crime. A similar DNA law exists if you’re arrested in Florida or a number of other states.

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Supreme Court
Photo by pepsobert.

In Maryland v. King, Mr. King was arrested for assault in Maryland. The police officers took a sample of Mr. King’s DNA upon his arrest, and it was placed into the State of Maryland’s DNA database. After Mr. King’s DNA was placed in the database, it was determined that it had previously been found at the crime scene of an unsolved rape case. The DNA sample from Mr. King’s arrest was then used to convict him in the previously unsolved rape case. Mr. King argued that the seizure of his DNA was unreasonable and a violation of his 4th Amendment Right (search and seizure) under the United States Constitution.

A majority of the United States Supreme Court ruled that the DNA Law in Maryland, requiring DNA to be taken at the time of arrest, is constitutional. They argued that the DNA used to identify the suspect in the case can be compared to a fingerprint that is taken at the time of your arrest, and a DNA swab to the cheek is not an overly invasive procedure. Additionally, the majority of the court argued that the Maryland statute also prohibits the government from using the DNA information for anything but identification.

The court said the sample was used for identification and is like any other biological information the government takes at the time of an arrest, such as: height, weight, sex, eye color hair, and eye color. The majority argued that the government had a lawful interest in using this DNA information to ensure that the government had an accurate criminal history of the person arrested. In other words, the Supreme Court basically said that taking DNA at arrest is not really a search, so the 4th Amendment does not apply. Secondly, if it is a search, the government has a valid and important interest in the search, and it is not invasive.

The majority of the Supreme Court makes some fair arguments about the seizure of DNA at the time of arrest. However, I believe Justice Scalia’s dissenting opinion is the most logical, based on sound legal reasoning.  The dissenting opinion in the Maryland v. King case argues that when a person is arrested they are still innocent until proven guilty, so taking a sample of their DNA shouldn’t be allowed. Additionally, it makes the valid point that the DNA taken from Mr. King was not used to identify him, but was used to identify an unknown suspect in the unsolved rape case.

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Police DNA swab. Photo provided by West Midlands Police

Justice Scalia also argues that it’s not entirely clear if taking someone’s fingerprints is entirely constitutional, and the majority court cites no prior case law to back up the assumption that taking a person’s fingerprints is permitted under the 4th Amendment. In conclusion, the dissent states that there is no doubt that taking a DNA sample from everyone arrested will result in more unsolved crimes being solved. However, the dissenting Supreme Court Justices argue that more crimes would also be solved if the government was able to take a DNA sample from everyone who flies in an airplane, attends public school, or applies for a driver’s license. In Justice Scalia’s opinion, what solves more crimes should not be the standard for what is and isn’t constitutional. For Justice Scalia, the intention of the founding fathers is what is important, and the right to be free of an invasive search by the government.

If you have been arrested in Florida and have questions about your constitutional rights,  call the Attorney Jeremiah D. Allen at (407)415-9626.

Florida Lawyers Fight for Citizens’ Right to Privacy

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Florida Senate Bill 1792 into law on June 5, 2013. This law allows “ex parte communications,” which basically means that a physician is allowed to privately discuss a patient’s medical condition with a defense attorney, without the patient or their attorney being present.

Florida lawyers are working together to challenge the constitutionality of this law, arguing that it is a violation of citizens’ right of privacy, since the attorney who receives the information is not required to keep it private. In other words, an attorney could gain access to personal and embarrassing medical information, no matter if it is irrelevant to their case, and they could share it publicly.

Additionally, this law is a violation of the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which gives patients rights with respect to their medical and health information.

Florida lawyers are also arguing that if patients feel that their personal medical history is going to be so easily accessible, they will withhold health information from their doctors. This could result in doctors not being able to provide effective medical treatment.

This law invades every Florida citizen’s right to privacy, and it has a lot of negative effects, which is why Florida lawyers are actively fighting against it.

If you have any questions about Florida law or feel your constitutional rights are being violated, please feel free to call the Law Office of Jeremiah D. Allen, P.A. at (407)415-9626 or email me at Jeremiah@JeremiahDAllen.com.

Want to Remove Your Florida Mugshot from mugshots.com?

Websites like mugshots.com have created a lot of controversy recently. These sites post published mug shots and include information about arrests. Unfortunately, they frequently fail to include any follow-up information, including whether a person was cleared of the charges. To make the matter even worse, they charge up to $1,000 to have the picture taken off the site.

As Daniel Solove talks about in his article, “Mug Shot Blackmail?,” this is a huge problem because the practice could be considered libel, or even extortion. Libel is a written, false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation. Extortion is asking money in return for a favor—basically, it’s blackmail. Both of these are illegal in the state of Florida.

Solove quotes a story about a man named Christopher Jones, who was trying to start a new life when he discovered his Florida mugshot on the website. The site didn’t mention that Florida attorneys dropped the charges against him, and the site operator charged him $399 to remove the post. Because the site listed a false claim about Jones that could damage his reputation, it could potentially be considered libel. The charge to have the false post removed could also be considered blackmail.

Hallandale, Florida attorney Marc G. Epstein represents the owner of mugshots.com, according to an AP story on the issue by Adam Geller. ”The First Amendment gives people the right to do this,” Epstein is quoted in the article.

If you’re interested in speaking to an attorney about your Florida mugshot posted online, or if you’ve experienced a similar situation, and you feel your rights are being violated, please feel free to call me at (813)251-8200 or email Jeremiah@JeremiahDAllen.com.