Florida Traffic Crimes

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Florida Traffic Crimes 

Florida is known to be tough on Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases. Beyond DUI cases, the State of Florida routinely prosecutes a number of other traffic crimes.

It is important to understand there are two types of traffic laws a driver my violate. They are moving violations and criminal traffic violations.

A moving violation is a traffic offense where a driver receives a ticket and must pay a fine. Moving violations include speeding tickets, running a red light ticket, ticket for failure to stop at a stop sign, etc. Depending on how many moving violations a driver has on their record, the punishment may be more than simply paying a fine.

A criminal traffic violation is a traffic crime that is either a misdemeanor or a felony, and may come with serious punishments, including possible jail time, large fines, suspended license, and mandated community service.

Common criminal traffic violations include:

Driving With a Suspended or Revoked License (DWLSR)

The severity of a DWLSR charge depends on a variety of factors. These factors include knowledge of the license suspension, the reason that the license was first suspended, and whether or not the individual has had any prior convictions for Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is any behavior that is dangerous under the circumstances. Reckless driving charges can occur when you are driving too fast for the conditions, have too many passengers in the car, are cutting in and out of traffic, failing to yield to other vehicles, or performing any other negligent acts.

Racing on the Highway

Racing on the highway is exactly as it sounds: it is participation in any race, speed competition or contest, drag racing or acceleration contest, or test of physical endurance.

Vehicular Manslaughter

Vehicular manslaughter is the crime of causing the death of a human being due to the illegal driving of an automobile. Ways that death can occur include gross negligence, driving under the influence, reckless driving, or speeding.

Allowing an Unauthorized Minor to Drive

Allowing an unauthorized minor to drive means allowing or knowingly permitting a minor under the age of 18 to drive a motor vehicle upon any highway when it is unlawful for them to do so.

Charged with a Criminal Traffic Violation

Being charged with a criminal traffic violation is serious and may affect a person's driving record and their criminal record. In general, criminal traffic violations are based on the proof that the officer on the scene can provide for the prosecutor's case. In many cases an officer may not have sufficient evidence to give the prosecutor to prove all elements of the crime. If you've been charged with a criminal traffic violation it is critical that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney to advocate for your rights.

To learn more about the legal ramifications of a traffic crime you have been charged with contact Draper Law Office today (866) 767-4711 or fill out this simple web form. Our traffic law attorneys can help you understand the charges and figure out the best course of action for your case. We offer free consultations on all criminal law matters.

Draper Law Office proudly serves clients throughout Central Florida, including Kissimmee, St. Cloud, and Orlando, and Osceola County and Orange County, FL.

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