Tampa Traffic Ticket Lawyer
Being pulled over is always a bad feeling, and the consequences can add up. To protect yourself from high fees and more serious setbacks, reach out to a traffic ticket lawyer in Tampa to see if you can get your ticket dismissed.
When you’re pulled over, you usually feel embarrassed or stressed. Maybe you didn’t see the stop sign, you thought you were within the speed limit, or you were just making your way down the highway. Now you’ve been issued a ticket, and you’ll need to deal with it.
Many people plead guilty and move on, thinking that it’s no big deal. Unfortunately, a traffic ticket is more than a fine, so you’ll need to fight back before you face worse consequences. That means you’ll need a Tampa traffic ticket lawyer from Hersem Law on your side, so reach out for help if you’ve received a ticket.
Types of Traffic Tickets
Before you begin, we’ll need to know the type of traffic ticket you’re dealing with. This helps us determine how we’ll approach your ticket and what defenses we might use. For example, defenses you might use for speeding might not work for leaving the scene of a crash.
Knowing the traffic ticket type will also help us determine the penalties you might face if you don’t take action. Each moving violation has a certain number of points, fines, and potential jail time attached, and you’ll need to know the stakes before we get started.
Unfortunately, you might not know, based on the ticket alone, what to expect if you do plead guilty. That’s why you’ll need to call us and get answers first. If you’ve received a ticket for any of the following traffic violations, get the help you need to get that ticket dismissed:
- Failing to stop at a stop sign
- Driving too fast for the weather conditions
- Failing to yield
- Driving without a seatbelt
- Reckless driving
- Leaving the scene of an accident
Penalties for Moving Violations
When you’ve been accused of what seems like a minor traffic violation, like failing to yield, it might seem pointless to fight. An officer pulled you over, and they have much more authority than you do. Besides, the fines can’t be that high, right?
Unfortunately, for the average person, the costs of a traffic ticket alone can be high. In Florida, you’ll need to pay your fine and possibly court fees, so chances are good that your ticket will cost more than $100. That’s money that could have gone toward your insurance, gas, or other costs of living.
It’s not just the court fees that could leave you struggling, however. A traffic ticket may leave you with more serious penalties in the future, so you’ll need to fight back from the beginning.
Florida’s Points System
The costs of your traffic ticket don’t end at the fine you pay for your ticket. Instead, you’ll also need to consider the points you’ll receive on your license.
Every moving violation has a certain point value. For example, if you’re pulled over for failing to yield, you’ll have three points on your license if you choose to plead guilty and pay the ticket. In the Florida points system, points range from three to six points that you’ll receive for, say, leaving the scene after a crash or failing to leave your information.
These points add up, and they can have future consequences. If you’ve received twelve points in the last year, for example, your license can be suspended for thirty days. Twenty-four points in eighteen months will also leave you with a suspended license, as will twenty-four points in a span of thirty-six months.
Will My License Be Suspended?
While a simple traffic ticket won’t cause your license to be suspended in most cases, there’s a chance that you could have your driving privileges suspended or revoked. For example, if you chose to take driving school but didn’t attend, your license could be suspended indefinitely. Unfortunately, that suspension adds to the costs you’re already dealing with.
When your license is suspended, you’ll still need to maintain your car as usual. Your insurance and any parking fees must all still be paid. Unfortunately, you’ll now need to pay for a ride through public transit or a rideshare, if you can’t rely on the help of family and friends. When you’re trying to keep your job or get to class, that can be difficult.
You’ll need to protect yourself and your future, so when you’re given a ticket, don’t just accept those high costs. Instead, dispute your ticket and get a lawyer’s help for your case.
The Right Lawyer for Your Traffic Violation Case
Once you choose to fight back against a traffic ticket, however, you’ll need the right help to ensure your charges are dropped. Unfortunately, many people believe that a defense attorney is unaffordable, so you might be considering a public defender instead.
While these defenders are lawyers, they’re also especially busy. You won’t get the personal touch you need for your ticket case, and that can hurt you. If they don’t have the time and attention you need for your case, you could pay far more in the future.
Representing Yourself is a Risk
You might be considering representing yourself and saving a little money as well, but that can be just as difficult. You’re likely already feeling overwhelmed by the situation, and you probably don’t have the experience you need to address your case.
Without a traffic ticket lawyer on your side, you could be left handling the fines and future losses that an offense can bring. So, go ahead and speak to an attorney in Tampa about your case. You’ll save yourself some fines and plenty of stress by putting your case in the hands of a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer.
Common Defenses for Traffic Tickets
Once you and your lawyer have discussed your case, you’ll need to prepare a strong defense for your claim. Your defense will mainly depend on your ticket type and situation, so you’ll need to speak to an attorney about the best direction to take for your case.
For example, you might have been mistaken for someone else. The officer might have seen a similar car breaking the law, but they mistook you for the person responsible. If this happened, you lawyer will focus on proving you weren’t the right driver.
Sometimes, while you did break the law, you might not have known it. If you ran a stop sign or were speeding, but the signs were obscured or missing, you’ll need to show that you couldn’t have known about the limit or the sign.
Connect with a Tampa Ticket Lawyer
When you’ve been pulled over for a traffic violation, it might seem minor enough to simply plead guilty and pay. That means you can deal with the costs now, and now you don’t have to think about it, right? Sadly, it’s not that simple. If you don’t dispute your ticket and get it dismissed, you could be paying for it later.
Fortunately, you can have a lawyer from Hersem Law on your side. You’ll need help addressing your ticket and finding the right defense. When your finances could be so heavily impacted, don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance.
If you’re concerned about your traffic ticket but aren’t sure where to begin, get started with a strategy session with one of our attorneys. We’ll discuss what steps you’ll need to take to get your ticket successfully dismissed.
When you’re ready to get started, team up with a Tampa traffic ticket lawyer. To schedule your session, call 813-251-7291 or fill out the online form below and get started as soon as possible.