If you have been issued a speeding ticket in Flagler County for driving over the posted speed limit by thirty miles per hour, you are one of many. Drivers in Flagler County are commonly unaware that they are driving over the posted speed limit, and in recent years, the rising number of speed cameras and other detection devices means that it is easy to break the law and face prosecution for speeding. According to county data, in the last year alone there were over 6,000 citations issued for unlawful speeding, making this traffic infraction one of the most common on the roads of Flagler County.
If you are convicted of speeding in Florida, you could face a number of very serious penalties and legal consequences, such as the loss of your driver’s license. Furthermore, in addition to the expected statutory penalties, you will also face a number of other consequences such as increased car insurance premiums.
If you have been accused of driving over 30 mph over the speed limit in Flagler County, you should take the initiative to contact a skilled traffic ticket attorney from The Law Place today. One simple phone call could be all it takes to avoid fines and other serious consequences.
Our phone lines are manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t delay. Give us a call at (855)-831-7020 for a free consultation.
Consequences for Speeding 30 MPH Over the Speed Limit in Flagler County
The consequences of speeding over 30 miles per hour in Flagler County can be devastating for many drivers. They can vary depending on your age and what type of license you hold, but in any case, your conviction is likely to lead to an increase in your insurance premium. Your insurance company may even refuse to cover you altogether following a speeding conviction, and due to the fact that motor vehicle insurance is compulsory in Flagler County and the rest of Florida, you could be left unable to drive.
Other penalties you may face for breaking the speed limit include:
- Points on your driver’s license – Four points if convicted and up to six points if an accident occurred as a result of your speeding. The more points you have on your driver’s license, the more severe the consequences will be.
- Fines – When it comes to fines, the amount depends upon the judge’s assessment of the details surrounding your ticket, for example, by how much were you speeding and in what area (e.g., a school zone), as well as your prior driving record.
- License Suspension – If you have not reached the specified number of points for a suspension (12 or more points in the State of Florida), then you will face a license suspension.
- Jail Time – This is only reserved for the most serious cases when a driver is on their third offense for speeding 50 miles per hour over the speed limit. In this case, they would be charged with a third-degree-felony.
Whatever the consequences you may face in your case, it is important that you have an experienced speeding ticket attorney on your side. Contact The Law Place in Florida today for your free consultation.
How Your Speed May Have Been Measured
There are a variety of different ways that a police officer could measure the speed you were going at the time of the speeding offense. Only certain devices are approved by the State of Florida and only these methods can be used as evidence. You view the full list on the Florida Administrative Code website, but some examples include;
- Radar gun – Radar guns can measure how fast you were going and will give the value in mph. This machine creates radio waves that bounce off your car back to the device. The device then picks up those waves and they can be viewed by the officer on a speed readout device. However, this method is not 100% accurate and it requires specific licensing and certification in order for the officer to use it. The standards of use are laid out in Florida Statute 316.1906.
- Laser gun – Laser guns are becoming more commonly used throughout the country. Laser guns shine a high powered laser at the speeding vehicle and calculate speed against the speed of light.
- Uncommon methods – One uncommon method that may be used is “pacing”, this is where an officer catches up to the speeding vehicle and for a set period of time whilst keeping a certain distance. This method can be challenged due to a range of different factors by your speeding ticket attorney.
Defenses to Your Flagler County Speeding Ticket
The main defense used in speeding ticket cases in Florida is associated with the way in which the speed was measured (as detailed above). Speed detection by pacing for example can be questioned if the officer did not follow you for a sufficient amount of time or was not that the required distance behind you.
Other defenses that may be used on your behalf include:
- Actual innocence, if there is sufficient proof to show that you weren’t driving the speed that the officer has claimed.
- The radar gun picked up another speeding vehicle.
- The speed readout of the device was interfered with by a utility sign, a metal traffic sign, or a nearby power station.
- Your speed was raised by the road and weather conditions (this defense is unlikely to work for speeds of more than thirty mph over the speed limit).
- There was an emergency situation that required you to drive over 30 mph.
The right attorney can put forward the best defense in your speeding ticket case.
How You Can Help Your Traffic Ticket Attorney
After being pulled over for speeding, you should:
- Take note of your exact location, establish how far it is between where your alleged speeding violation took place and where you were stopped.
- Make a note of the officer’s full name and badge number.
- If there are any witnesses, make a record of their names and addresses.
- Take note of the weather conditions.
- As soon as you are able to write down everything you can remember, include everything that was said and done during your traffic stop by you and the officer.
- Politely ask the officer to show you the laser or radar readout, but remember they are not legally required to do so.
Once you have the right speeding ticket lawyer on your side, there are steps you can take to make their job much easier and to help them to defend you. For example, you should arrive at every appointment early and well prepared, never miss any scheduled meetings, follow all of the legal advise your attorney gives you, fill out all of the required paperwork and lastly, understand that proceedings take time, so have patience and trust that your attorney is doing the best by you.
Contact The Law Place Today
The traffic ticket attorneys at The Law Place are committed to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients. As a result, requesting our help could mean fewer points on your license or a lowered fine. We understand that the consequences of a speeding ticket and violations on your driving record can compromise your future, and we will do everything we can to not let that happen.
The sooner you seek assistance with your traffic ticket case, the better the outcome will be for you.
Don’t hesitate, contact us at The Law Place today at (855)-831-7020.
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