People are pulled over for breaking traffic laws everyday. With all of the speed traps out there, it is common for someone to be issued a Florida speeding ticket. You may have received a Jacksonville traffic ticket for another violation. Some traffic citations are also criminal charges. Jacksonville reckless driving is a criminal charge. This will put 4 points on your driving record. Jacksonville leaving the scene of an accident is even worse. A hit and run car accident is a criminal charge that will give you 6 points.
There are a few Florida traffic tickets that are not criminal, but you are still required to set a court date for them. If your tag has been expired for 6 months or more, this may be criminal or civil. It depends on whether or not you knew the tag was expired. Driving a vehicle with an expired tag may be found in Florida Statute Section 320.07. If you knew or should have known that the tag was expired, you could receive a criminal citation.
In most cases, it is easy to determine whether or not your FL traffic ticket is civil or criminal. If you are required to set a court date, it is usually criminal. Read Is a Jacksonville Driving on Suspended License Ticket a Crime? or Difference Between Criminal Charge and Civil Ticket in Florida? for more information. However, Florida Statute Section 318.14 requires you to set a court date for certain civil traffic cases.
It is always a good idea to talk to a Jacksonville drivers license attorney when you receive a ticket. Even if you are not required to set a court date, paying your ticket could be detrimental. Jacksonville driving on a suspended or revoked license is a good example of this. If you are ticketed for driving while having a suspended Florida drivers license, you may be able to just pay the ticket. This will put points on your driving record which could hurt you in the long run. It can be used against you in the future to suspend your license as a Jacksonville habitual traffic offender.
Having your Jacksonville lawyer set a court date for you could prevent problems in the future. Your Jacksonville attorney can help you maintain a good driving record. Depending on your situation, you may have a bigger problem than points on your drivers license. A criminal traffic ticket may create a Florida criminal record. People have told me that they have never been convicted of a crime, but when I look at their record, they have a criminal conviction. This was due to a criminal traffic citation.
Contact 20 Miles Law to speak with an attorney about your case. You may need help with your drivers license. Your case may require the assistance of a Jacksonville criminal lawyer. Call 904-564-2525 to speak to an attorney that may be able to help you.