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I just got pulled over, what’s next?

Have you been pulled over? Time is off the essence. Research the implications about your charge and all the potential repercussions. 


Why were you stopped?

Common Reasons

Speeding

In the United States, speeding is the act or an instance of driving especially a motor vehicle faster than is allowed by law.

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DUI

In the United States, a DUI is the crime of driving a motor vehicle with blood levels of alcohol in excess of a legal limit (blood alcohol content).

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Registration Violation

No person shall stop, park or leave standing a vehicle upon any highway or public parking facility that fails to display current vehicle registration tabs as required by Section 5204(a) of the Vehicle Code.

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Reckless Driving

In United States law, reckless driving is a major moving traffic violation. It is usually a more serious offense than careless driving, improper driving, or driving without due care and attention and is often punishable by fines, imprisonment, and/or driver’s license suspension or revocation.

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Traffic Control Devices

Traffic control devices are markers, signs and signal devices used to inform, guide and control traffic, including pedestrians, motor vehicle drivers and bicyclists. These devices are usually placed adjacent, over or along the highways, roads, traffic facilities and other public areas that require traffic control.

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Citation Statistics

  • Over 41 million tickets are issued each year in the USA.

  • The average cost of a ticket is $152.

  • Over $6 billion in annual revenue.

  • Only 5% of speeding tickets are contested in court.

  • Over $300,000 yearly revenue in tickets per officer.

  • More than 20.6% of licensed drivers will be ticketed this year.


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What do you risk?

Non-Criminal Violation

Driving Record

  • After receiving a moving non-criminal violation, if you don’t intend to fight it, it will typically be posted by the DMV to your driving record as soon as you are convicted.
  • The length of time that a conviction stays on your record depends on the severity of the violation.

Insurance Premiums Increase

  • Insurance companies will usually do a biannual request at the DMV for your driving record. In most cases, if you’re record is clean and this is your ticket, you will typically be spared from hefty insurance increases.
  • If your record has many prior convictions visible to your insurance company, you will be far more prone to insurance increases.

Points System

  • When you are charged with a traffic violation in Florida in many cases you can avoid getting the points but once the points are on your drivers license you cannot remove them.
  • If you are convicted of traffic violation such as speeding or any moving violation in Florida points will be accessed to your drivers license. And if you are an out of state driver the State of Florida will send the violation details to your state DMV.
  • Fines are doubled when infractions occur within a school zone or construction zone, with possible civil penalties up to $1,000 and can be required to complete driving school course.

License Suspension

  • In the majority of the states, two systems are used to determine the severity of points,
  • System 1: The majority of moving violations are represented as a single point. Violations that are more severe just as excessive speeding will count as two points. If a driver receives 4 points in a year or 6 in two years, or 8 in three years they are at risk of losing their license.
  • System 2: Less grave violations such as minor speeding, turn signal violations count as two points. Severe violations like excessive speeding and running a stop sign can count up to 3, 4, or 5 points. If a driver receives over 12 points in a 1 year period, their license will be suspended.

Criminal Violation

Criminal Record

  • criminal record or police record is a record of a person’s criminal history, generally used by potential employers, lenders etc. to assess his or her trustworthiness.
  • After a receiving a background check, it is very likely that a DUI will show up. Depending on where you live, a criminal violation can remain on your record for tens of years.
  • The courts in your state will treat you as a “repeat” and “prior” offender until the charge is no longer on your record.

Insurance Policy Premiums

  • A criminal violation such as a DUI can cause extreme hikes in insurance premiums by hundreds of dollars.
  • You may be required to obtain certain insurance forms in order to certify insurance coverage based on your state of residence.

Jail

  • Many criminal moving violations can arise further consequences and even send you to jail. If you are fleeing or eluding police, you could be facing up to 7 years in prison
  • The severity of the criminal violation and it’s resulting jail sentence will vary by state.

Driving Record

  • A criminal violation will have a serious and lasting impact on your record.
  • If your driving record contains a criminal violation, you are highly likely to have a severe increase in insurance premiums.


What should you look for in an attorney?

Hiring the right attorney can be an arduous process, we’ve highlighted below the most important characteristics when researching an attorney.

Renown Educational Background

Practice Law in Good Standing

Positive Client Testimonials

In the United States, each individual states typically count over 50,000 licenses esquires. This means that you will have to carefully examine an attorney’s educational background prior to hire. A very well educated attorney can make the difference in a court environment.


What can an attorney do for your case?

 

Non Criminal Offenses

Points Removed

Typically, an attorney has practiced law for enough time to have built a relationship with a judge or a jury. This can help your case, because if there is a relationship between an attorney and the person in charge of determining your charges, this will typically lead to a quicker process for an adjudication withheld.

No Increase in Insurance Premiums

In direct correlation with the point removal, if an attorney is successful at removing the points from your charge, this will prevent you from steep insurance increases in the long run.

No Court Appearance

When you hire an attorney for a small infraction such as a speeding ticket, the attorney will be able to to represent you in court without needing your presence. This will allow you to avoid having to make arrangements to appear in court.

 

Criminal Offenses

Criminal Record Prevention

An attorney can have a detrimental effect in preventing your criminal record as he or she has the power to provide the proper defense that can be the determining factor on whether or not you will be convicted for a criminal offense.

Reduction of Charges

Even if the charges against you cannot realistically be fully dropped, an attorney can very well find proper legal procedures and defenses to have the charges reduced to less severe offenses.

Prevention of Future Consequences

Criminal offenses can and will not only affect your driving record, but also your own personal record. With a criminal charge on your record, you are likely to fail background checks for potential employments or lease applications. By hiring an attorney for such a severe charge, you will have a far better chance at saving yourself from the long term consequences.

 


Received a ticket or a DUI? Use The Driver Defense Attorney Network!

At Driver Defense, we wanted to bring users maximum ease when searching for an attorney. Our Find-A-Lawyer map allows you to locate all of our network attorneys in your area. You can find an attorney by either entering an address or by letting our system find your position. In order to view an attorney’s full profile, you must click on their name. Click here to see what the different color pins stand for.

  


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