How to Fight a Speeding Ticket

In many cases, it is in your best interest to consider your options before paying your speeding ticket or traffic citation. However most people don’t realize that this is an option.

Only 5% of drivers decide to fight tickets because they don’t think they have the power to contest the system or they don’t understand that it isn’t just about a $200 fine, according to John Bowman, the National Motorists Association’s communications director, interviewed in Investopedia‘s “How to Get Out of a Speeding Ticket“.

What many people don’t think about is what stays with you when you pay off a speeding ticket. According to the article, your insurance costs may be up to 30% higher for the next three years, and you’ll be tracked with points on your driver’s license in Florida.

“When you immediately pay a ticket, you’re automatically admitting guilt and will voluntarily pay the highest fine,” the article continues.

One of your options when you get a speeding ticket or traffic citation is to contact a lawyer to determine what steps you should take to avoid further punishment in the form of higher insurance premiums and harsher penalties on future tickets.

Hiring a lawyer to help you with something like this does not mean that you’ll go to court or trial. In fact many times, the case is closed in a relatively simple manner through a lawyer’s check to make sure all of the facts line up on the charge.

If you would like help with your speeding ticket or traffic citation in Florida, please don’t hesitate to contact me, and I’d be happy to help. You can call me at my office in Orlando, Florida at (407)415-9626 or simply write me an email with your question to Jeremiah@Jeremiahdallen.com

 

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 Many Points Are On My Florida Driver’s License?

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Florida Driver’s License example provided by Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

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.