Criminal Traffic Offenses
As you may know, not all traffic tickets are civil infractions, some are criminal in nature and you can be sentenced to jail time, fines and court costs, if you are convicted of criminal traffic offenses. What are some examples of Criminal Traffic Offenses? Some examples of the best known and very common Criminal Traffic Offenses are:
DUI - Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or other Controlled Substances
Driving Under the Influence - DUI - is a serious offense. It is described in Florida Statute 316.193
If you look at this statute, you will see it is very complicated and it is intertwined with several other Florida Statutes. If you have been accused of a DUI offense, it is an area of the law in which you would be well-advised to hire a competent lawyer. Arthur Spiegel is an attorney with over 30 years of experience representing people accused of criminal conduct. If you would like to discuss the circumstances of your DUI case with him, he will offer you a free initial consultation. After discussing your particular case, you will be in a better position to understand what you are facing and how this attorney can help you develop a plan to help in your defense!
Reckless driving is defined under Florida Statute 316.192, as “driving any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property” or fleeing from a police officer. These words, “willful or wanton disregard” have very specific meanings, which have been defined by the courts. A violation of this law carries with it the potential of fines and jail time. See Fla. Statute Section 316.192 at this link to see what could happen to you if you are convicted of this offense. Have you been accused of this criminal traffic offense? Come discuss your case with Arthur Spiegel and he can work with you to develop a plan for your defense!
Driving While License is Suspended or Revoked - DWLS
If you are stopped by a police officer and your driver license is suspended or revoked, this may be a crime, if you knew your DL was suspended and were driving anyway, or it could be a civil infraction, if you did not know at the time you were stopped. Driving While your license is Suspended or Revoked is described in Florida Statute section 322.34.
One’s driver license can be suspended or revoked for many different reasons. If you receive a ticket for knowingly driving with a suspended or revoked license, you can go to jail and be subject to significant fines. If you are convicted of this offense 3 times within a five (5) year period, your driver license can be revoked for Five (5) years and you will be labeled as a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) additional offenses can be treated as felonies and you can go, not just to jail, but to prison.
If your license is suspended, our firm may be able to help you straighten out your problems and have you driving legally. Call us now.