Florida Traffic Tickets Questions & Answers

Q: I was hit by someone without their headlights on at night, am I at fault?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Florida on
Answered on Mar 19, 2019
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Since he hit you from behind, it probably doesn't matter whether he had his headlights on. And whether you saw him or not probably doesn't matter either. What does matter is that, if he had his headlights on he should have seen you and if he didn't that may have contributed to the accident. So it appears that he is at fault in any case. Be sure you report this to your insurance company.

Q: My son received a red light camera ticket 3 months after the fact. Can he fight it?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Answered on Mar 14, 2019
Andrew Lawrence Moses' answer
He can pay the $23 reinstatement fee and request a hearing. I am sure that he never received the notice but he will need to pay in order to make sure that his license does not go into suspension.

Q: Hello I recently received a speeding citation in my county in Florida.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Answered on Mar 14, 2019
Andrew Lawrence Moses' answer
You will either need to go to court yourself or retain an attorney to go for you

Q: My husband's truck was towed today the summit they gave us wasn't in my mine my husband or anyone i know

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Answered on Mar 2, 2019
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
By "summit", do you perhaps mean statement? And does "mine" mean name?

Q: Received my first speeding ticket. Will my insurance rates go up if I take the drivers class to get the points off?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Answered on Feb 12, 2019
Jay R. Rooth's answer
Your insurance rates should not go up if you take the class and avoid points for the citation.

Q: Got speeding ticket- WRONG: ALL car info, lic plate # (1 digit off), I was going north, It says south. Can I fight it?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Answered on Feb 12, 2019
Jay R. Rooth's answer
Yes, but the officer can amend the citation prior to the hearing. However, it sounds like the officer has a bunch of facts mixed up in the citation which will help for the hearing. At the end of the day if the officer testifies under oath that he recalls you driving at excessive speed, you will most likely be found in violation, unless you are able to defend the speeding portion of the case. How did he measure your speed? Has the speed measuring device been properly maintained? Does the...

Q: I would like to sue the city of Maitland for red light cameras with shortened yellow traffic lights

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Answered on Jan 24, 2019
Eric J Dirga's answer
I deal with the tickets. I will agree that the entire Red Light Camera debacle is a scam for money, not safety. When we were able to fight these and win on the evidence (or lack thereof) things were good. That ended around 2013. After that, all the attitudes of the judges and hearing officers changed. All of a sudden the evidence was let in.

The shortened amber light times that came into effect right as the state law was enacted was suspicious. Changing the amber times required an...

Q: Can a traffic moving violation affect a H1B application?

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Employment Law, Immigration Law and Car Accidents for Florida on
Answered on Jan 5, 2019
Allen C. Ladd's answer
Thank you for your very thoughtful and courteous question! I don't see any problem at all with the H-1B process. It's when driving and alcohol mix that there are serious serious consequences. Piacere!

Q: Need probono for warrents in Hillsboro pls help

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Answered on Nov 23, 2018
Eric J Dirga's answer
See if you qualify for Legal Aid in Hillsborough County.

Q: Can a traffic stop be performed on private property

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Answered on Nov 23, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Yes, you can be ticketed in Walmart's parking lot.

Q: i am looking for the proper form quo warranto state of florida

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Admiralty / Maritime and Civil Rights for Florida on
Answered on Nov 15, 2018
Gary Kollin's answer
Look at Florida Appellate Practice by Padavano

Q: I received a citation for improper change of Lane pulling in front of other vehicles. The deputy copied an incorrect DL

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Appeals / Appellate Law for Florida on
Answered on Oct 25, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
And you want to know whether you can beat the ticket because of that? I don't think so.

Q: selt beat

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Answered on Oct 22, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Did you think that going to school would get the ticket off of your record? If doing so in fact would do that, and I have my doubts, did you submit proof of taking the course to the appropriate agency?

Q: I have a suspended license from the state of pa and I just moved to palm beach county and got pulled over.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Answered on Oct 15, 2018
Sasha Dadan Bonna's answer
You should obtain a lawyer for your case immediately. You were likely charged with driving with a suspended license in Florida. PA is part of "The Driver License Compact" which means Florida would treat the offense as if it had been committed at home, applying home state laws to the out-of-state offense.

Q: If you go to traffic school do you still have to pay the ticket?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Answered on Oct 15, 2018
Sasha Dadan Bonna's answer
Traffic school will waive points if you qualify, but not waive your citation fee.

Q: I received a traffic ticket 7 years ago in missouri and was suppose to appear in court.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Answered on Oct 15, 2018
Sasha Dadan Bonna's answer
You should consult with a lawyer immediately. It sounds like your case is criminal traffic and you received a failure to appear which carries additional penalties.

Q: I found out today that my Florida driver license was suspended due to 5 traffic fines dated between 11/2016 and 01/2017

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Answered on Oct 2, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
A assume that the five tickets were parking tickets for the car, incurred after you thought you sold it.

Unfortunately, when you sell a car you are obligated to immediately notify the DMV of the sale, in order to prevent something like this from happening. The ticketing authority has no idea who you sold the car to if you haven't done that. Since you didn't do so, you are liable for the tickets; you are probably going to have to pay them.

Q: I am a security officer here in the State of Florida what color lights can be displayed on my vehicle?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Answered on Sep 3, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Florida Statute 316.2397 (3) provides, in pertinent part, that

"... Vehicles owned or leased by private security agencies may show or display green and amber lights, with either color being no greater than 50 percent of the lights displayed, while the security personnel are engaged in security duties on private or public property. …"

Q: Hit a Parked car, driver was not in vehicle but retained a lawyer for injuries.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Answered on Aug 15, 2018
Charles M. Baron's answer
You did not ask a question, but you seem to be wondering what to do in this situation. Also, I assume that the lawyer sent you some sort of demand regarding damages for bodily injury. The first step is to look at the police report - what does it say about who was in which car, and about bodily injury? However, since you are in this situation, I'm guessing you did not stick around for the police response to the accident after you struck the parked car, and that the other driver lied to the...

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