Criminal Traffic Offenses
Seeing individuals pulled over on the side of the road for traffic offenses is a common occurrence. It is so common that when individuals receive citations for traffic offenses, they brush them off as minor inconveniences. However, if an individual receives numerous traffic crimes offer a short period of time, they can add up and lead to serious repercussions. If you have been charged with a traffic crime, it would benefit you to take it seriously from the start. It would also be in your best interest to consult with an experienced traffic crimes attorney who can educate you on your legal options.
West Palm Beach Traffic Crime Attorney
Andrew D. Stine aggressively represents drivers who have been charged with traffic offenses in Boynton Beach, Riviera Beach, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Greenacres, Wellington, Lake Worth, and the surrounding areas. Attorney Stine has years of criminal defense experience and will work tirelessly to achieve the clients desired outcome.
Contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300 and set up a consultation on your traffic offense. Your first consultation is free and it is a necessary step in planning your defense.
Palm Beach County Traffic Crime Information Center
- Florida’s Driving Point System
- Criminal Traffic Offenses in Florida
- Penalties for Florida Criminal Traffic Offenses
- Florida Traffic Offense Resources
In Florida, individuals receive a certain amount of “points” for each driving infraction they commit. The amount of points you receive for each offense is based on how serious the offense is. If an individual accumulates a certain amount of points in a specified amount of time, his or her driver’s license will be suspended. Under Fla. Stat § 322.27, the points assigned to each traffic offense are:
- Caused an accident due to speeding – 6 points
- Left the scene of an accident that caused at least $50 in property damage (hit and run) – 6 points
- Ran a red light – 4 points
- Passed a school bus that was stopped – 4 points
- Caused an accident due to a moving violation – 4 points
- Reckless driving – 4 points
- Speeding more than 16 miles over the posted speed limit – 4 points
- Speeding between 1 to 15 miles above the speed limit – 3 points
- Child restraint violation – 3 points
- Parked on the highway – 3 points
- Toll infractions – 3 points
- All other moving violations – 3 points
If an individual receives 24 or more points in a three year period, he or she will have their driver’s license suspended for a year. Individuals who have accumulated 18 or more points in 18 months will have their license suspended for three months, and anyone who has accumulated 12 or more points in a year, will face a one month license suspension.
Most of the traffic offenses committed in Florida are considered non-criminal acts and usually result in tickets or license suspensions at the worst. However, there are some traffic offenses that are classified as criminal acts that could result in steep fines along with prison time. Some of these offenses are as follows:
Reckless Driving – According to Fla. Stat. § 316.192, reckless driving can be classified as either a first degree misdemeanor or a third degree felony depending on whether or not the reckless driving caused property damage or injuries to others.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident – An individual can be charged with third degree felony if he or she is involved in an accident and leaves the scene without rendering aid, and providing their personal information to the other driver and/or law enforcement. If a driver leaves the scene of an accident that led to the death of another, he or she can be charged with a first degree felony (Fla. Stat. § 316.027).
Fleeing from Police – Under Fla. Stat. § 316.1935, if a law enforcement official orders a driver to stop and the driver fails to do so, he or she is guilty of a third degree felony.
Vehicular Manslaughter – If a driver acts negligently and causes the death of someone else in an accident, he or she can be charged with a first or second degree felony (Fla. Stat. § 782.07).
The penalties associated with criminal traffic crimes in Florida are outline in Florida Statues § 775.082 and 775.083. They are as follows:
- First degree felony – punishable by up 30 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine
- Second degree felony – an individual that is convicted of a crime under this classification can be sentenced to up to 15 years of imprisonment and/or a fine that does not exceed $10,000
- Third degree felony – this offense is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or up to a $5,000 fine
- First degree misdemeanor – punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine that does not exceed $1,000
- Second degree misdemeanor – if convicted, this offense carries a jail sentence of up to 60 days and/or up to a $500 fine
Sentencing Structure for Criminal Traffic Offenses – This link provides the Florida Statute that outlines the sentencing structure criminal traffic offenses in Florida.
Fines for Criminal Traffic Offenses – This is a link to the Florida Statute that shows the fines associated with Florida criminal traffic offenses.
Palm Beach County DMV – This is a link to the Palm Beach County DMV website, where individuals can find more information on traffic offenses, license suspensions, and traffic tickets. The address and phone number of a local office that is located in West Palm Beach is listed below:301 N Olive Ave 1st Floor
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
Phone: (561) 355-2264
Andrew D. Stine, P.A. | Palm Beach County Traffic Crime Lawyer
If have been charged with a traffic offense in West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Wellington, Greenacres, Jupiter, Boca Raton, or the surrounding areas, contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A.. Attorney Stine is a dedicated defense attorney who will make sure you are aware of all legal options that are available to you, and he will help you choose the one that is best suited for you and your family.
Contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300 to set up a consultation on your traffic offense. Your initial consultation is free and it is a vital step in fighting your charges.