Why You Want a Lawyer for a Speeding Ticket
When most people get a speeding ticket, they don’t think about getting a lawyer. Many people’s first instinct is to just pay the fine. But what if you feel that the penalty outweighed the speed, that you were unjustly ticketed, or that this is not your first offense? And have you thought of the insurance consequences of having points on your license?
With your lawyer’s experience, you have a better chance of avoiding high fees, penalties, and damage to your drivers license.
A traffic lawyer specializes in defending those charged with a traffic violation. We know your rights and will ensure they are honored. We have your best interest in mind at all times. Speeding tickets can be very costly and may come with additional charges such as reckless driving. Your lawyer is ready to defend you against unjust charges.
Traveling out of the county, whether for work or leisure, brings extra challenges when you are ticketed for going over the speed limit. The fines for speeding offenses differ from county to county in Florida. Each court system runs differently, as well, so you’ll want someone familiar with the Clerk’s office and the Judge to help guide you through the process.
Your skilled attorney can prevent you from traveling long distances to try to defend yourself in an unfamiliar area with unfamiliar rules and regulations. That means no need for you to travel and incur additional costs and time lost from work.
High-Speed Traffic Tickets
Any person accused of driving 30 mph or greater over the speed limit will receive a “mandatory court appearance” citation. Oftentimes, your attorney can attend court on your behalf so you won’t need to take time out of your day, but the process is still very different for this type of offense. A County Court Judge will hear your case and your option to resolve through the Clerk’s office by paying the fine will no longer be available. Having proper representation is crucial at this stage.
Another high-speed traffic ticket in Florida occurs when you are accused of traveling 50 mph or greater than the identified speed limit. This offense will be cited as a moving violation with penalties such as having points added to your license as well as increased, mandatory fines. Multiple offenses can also add a risk of losing your license or even being charged with a felony.
Because the penalties can be so high, you may need to speak with a lawyer. Your attorney can work to reduce those charges or potentially get them dismissed.
Points and Insurance Penalties
The drivers license points system can impact your license, possibly leading to a license suspension. The point system is meant to motivate drivers to keep their points low in order to both protect their drivers license and keep insurance costs down.
When you receive a speeding ticket, you earn points based on the severity of the offense, the more you accumulate, the more at risk you are for losing your license and the higher your insurance premiums will be. Fighting the ticket now can reduce your chances of getting your license suspended.
The biggest financial impact after a citation isn’t the cost of the ticket or the cost of your attorney, but the cost you will pay in increased insurance premiums if you receive points on your license. It’s not uncommon for premiums to increase by $300 – $500 per year for the 3 years those points can be used against you. Our goal is to ALWAYS avoid points being assessed to your license!
Get Your Ticket Reduced or Dismissed with a Lawyer
With a skilled attorney working for you, you can leave the stress of the process to us. We contact the Clerk to set up your court date, we go to court on your behalf so you don’t have to attend, and we talk to the Judge to get you the best possible result. We routinely get points removed from our client’s records, fines reduced to save our clients money, and we may be able to get your ticket dismissed completely.
At Hersem Law, we will do everything in our power to minimize any penalties associated with your speeding ticket. Whether this is your first or one of many violations you have received, we will guide you every step of the way. Contact us today for a free strategy session when you’re ready by calling 813-251-7291 or by filling out the online contact form below.