Got Caught in Florida Speeding Over 30 MPH?
You landed on this site because you, a loved one or a friend received a speeding ticket for 30 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. First, you must realize that you are not alone. In fact according the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles law enforcement officers in Florida issued almost 83,000 tickets throughout between 2013-2015 for motorists caught driving 30 or more miles per hour over the posted speed limit.
Since we have been fighting speeding tickets daily in almost every Florida county, the first question most people ask is what can happen to me? Well we are happy to report that this ticket is not criminal. That means that you can’t go to jail. We will on occasion see officers charge reckless driving for these type of tickets.
That can be problematic because the state attorney would then be involved and the situation could get much worse. Reckless driving under Florida Law would require a wanton disregard for the motoring public and the officer and ultimately the state attorney would have to prove that you were weaving in and out of traffic and traveling in such a manner as to put the rest of the motoring public in danger.
With that being said, the fact that you didn’t receive a reckless driving ticket but merely a ticket with a mandatory court date is serious enough.
Our Speeding Ticket Lawyers Are Here To Help
Usually the second question people ask is why do I have to show up to court, especially if you are out of state/country and live far from the county in which you received the violation. The nice thing about traffic court in Florida is that a lawyer can appear in place of the person charged and can represent you for your ticket. However, if you truly want a “trial” and for the Judge to hear evidence on your behalf then your attendance may be required to present your version of the events.
Assuming you don’t want a trial but just want a lawyer to handle the ticket for you, then that’s what we do best. In Florida cops prosecute their own cases, without the help of the state attorney or a municipal prosecutor. That is very different from other states where the prosecutor holds the cards and controls the deals. What happens if I don’t appear in Court and just let this thing go? If you don’t appear in Court or hire a lawyer to appear for you, your driver license can/will be suspended and you will be facing a D-6 suspension.
These mandatory speeding tickets are not to be taken lightly and you should consult with an experienced traffic attorney who can inform you as to the process, penalties and procedure for the particular county in which you received the ticket.