What Happens When You Get a Speeding Ticket in Florida?

Speeding tickets

The consequences for getting a speeding ticket in Miami can be surprisingly far reaching and expensive. Drivers who already have a few tickets on their record are facing the possibility of having their license suspended. That can be especially bad news for someone who must have a valid driver’s license for their job.

On top of the danger to the license, there are the significant costs involved. The fine itself, the court fees and the expense of getting the license reinstated can add up surprisingly fast. Long-term consequences are possible too. Insurance rates can skyrocket, and subsequent tickets could end up costing even more.

Speeding ticket lawer

Florida is known for its strict laws regarding moving violations. That is why it’s critical to work with an experienced speeding ticket lawyer. The seasoned professionals at Estrella Ticket Defense are prepared to fight to keep you on the road and to keep more money in your pocket.

In Florida, every speeding ticket and moving violation is given a point value. That value can range from three to six, depending upon the seriousness of the particular violation. For instance, speeding at about five miles per hour over the limit may only get you three points, but if you’re caught going 25 miles an hour over the speed limit, you may get more.

Having too many points is bad news for Florida drivers. If you accrue 12 points in any 12-month period, then your driving privileges could be suspended for 30 days. A total of 18 points in any 18-month period could mean a suspension lasting for three months. If you are unlucky enough to earn 24 points in a 36-month time frame, you could be looking at a suspension of one year.

Clearly, accumulating too many points carries some pretty heavy consequences. It’s a situation that habitual speeders may find themselves in more than once. Fortunately, the driver can tell the court that they will attend traffic school. Although this means loss of free time and the requirement to pay the fine and some surcharges, traffic school does keep points off of your record. This basically means that you didn’t plead guilty. As a result, your insurance rates won’t go up. That’s a pretty fair trade for losing about four hours of time but you must keep in mind that traffic school can only be elected once per year and only five times in your lifetime. 

Your traffic ticket law firm

Other options for reducing or dismissing the ticket may be available when you hire a speeding ticket lawyer. At Estrella Ticket Defense, we do nothing but represent people in traffic court. Many of them are just like you, caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. One simple error can cost you a great deal in terms of time, money and inconvenience, but Estrella Ticket Defense can handle the situation for you.

Whether your goal is to keep points off of your driver’s license or to avoid paying a fine, we have options to help. Our negotiation skills, relationships with court representatives and comprehensive knowledge of traffic ticket technicalities make us the preferred traffic ticket defense law firm in Miami.

Contact us to speak with a friendly, knowledgeable lawyer today. With our assistance, you may be able to keep your driver’s license and keep more money in your pocket.