Traffic citations are frustrating, but most people who receive them simply pay their fines and move on with their lives. Unfortunately, tickets can have a negative effect of a motorist’s driving record and insurance rates.
Some more serious traffic offenses can involve criminal charges. In such cases, alleged offenders face much more severe penalties that may include possible incarceration if convicted.Traffic Violation Lawyer in Broward County, FL
If you were issued a citation or are facing criminal charges for a traffic offense in South Florida, it is in your best interest to have legal representation before going to court. Contact The Hoffman Firm before you just pay a ticket—and thus plead guilty to the alleged offense.
Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman is a former Assistant State Attorney for the Broward County State Attorney’s Office who defends clients in Deerfield Beach, Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, and many other nearby areas of Broward County. You can have him evaluate your case and help you understand your legal options during a free initial consultation as soon as you call (954) 524-4474 today.
Overview of Traffic Tickets and Driver’s License Issues in Fort Lauderdale
- Which traffic offenses involve criminal charges?
- What happens when a person is classified as a habitual traffic offender?
- Where can I learn more about traffic violations in Broward County?
Certain traffic offenses are crimes that may involve misdemeanor or felony charges. Criminal traffic violations in Florida include:
- Careless/Reckless Driving;
- Driving While License Suspended, Cancelled, or Revoked;
- Fleeing and Eluding;
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident;
- Leaving the Scene;
- No Valid Driver’s License/Expired Driver’s License;
- Racing on a Highway;
- Registration Violations; and
- Use of Fake or Fraudulent License.
Other moving violations that are not criminal offenses can still have a negative impact on a motorist’s driving record. Guilty pleas to these offenses will result in points being added to a person’s record and could lead to possible license suspension.
The Hoffman Firm handle such non-criminal tickets as:
- Failure to Yield;
- Improper Lane Change;
- Minor Driving Without License;
- Move Over Law;
- No Passing Zone;
- Open Container;
- Stop Sign Violations; and
- Traffic Light Violations.
Too many traffic violations in a limited period of time can lead to a motorist being classified as a habitual traffic offender (HTO). People who receive HTO notifications from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) have their driver’s licenses revoked for five years.
Florida Statute § 322.264 defines an HTO as any person whose DHSMV record shows that he or she has accumulated a specified number of convictions for certain offenses within a five-year period. A motorist will be classified as an HTO is he or she is convicted of three or more of the following offenses within five years:
- Any driving under the influence (DUI) offense;
- Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used;
- Driving a commercial motor vehicle while his or her privilege is disqualified;
- Driving a motor vehicle while his or her license is suspended or revoked;
- Failing to stop and render aid as required under the laws of this state in the event of a motor vehicle crash resulting in the death or personal injury of another; or
- Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle.
A driver can also be classified as an HTO if he or she accumulates 15 or more traffic offenses for which points may be assessed within a five-year period. It is important to note that driving while a license is revoked is a third-degree felony offense in Florida.
Traffic & Misdemeanors | Broward County Clerk of Court — Find answers to frequently asked questions about Broward County traffic tickets on this website. You can view citations and pay fines online. Not all violations are payable online.
Broward Clerk of Courts
201 SE 6th St. Rm 275
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) — The primary duty of the FHP is patrolling and investigating crashes on state highways. You can view traffic crash reports and traffic incidents by region on this website. Broward County is one of six counties patrolled by Troop L, the third largest FHP Troop.
Florida Highway Patrol Troop L Division
14190 State Road 84
Davie, FL 33325
Are you facing criminal charges or possible license revocation because of a traffic offense in South Florida? You will want to contact The Hoffman Firm as soon as possible for help fighting to have the charges dismissed.
Evan A. Hoffman is a criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale who helps clients who have been cited in Broward County, including Sunrise, Miramar, Margate, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, and several surrounding communities. Call (954) 524-4474 or complete an online contact form to let our lawyer review your case during a free, confidential consultation.