Whilst traveling a few miles over the posted speed limit is unlikely to result in a punishment from a police officer, traveling 30 mph or more over the posted speed is far more serious. As a result, you may face a court appearance, fines, and points on your driving license.
If you have been caught driving 30 mph or more over the speed limit in Nassau County, then the best thing to do is seek legal advice from an experienced attorney. At The Law Place, our attorneys have an abundance of knowledge and experience in dealing with speeding cases like yours.
Our phone lines are open 24/7, so we can be there to offer you guidance and information when you need it most. Call us today on (855)-831-7020 for a free consultation.
The Circumstances of Your Speeding Ticket
Depending on the police officer that stops you in Nassau County, you may be shown some leniency. For example, the police officer may write you a ticket for traveling 29 mph over the speed limit rather than 30, allowing you to avoid some of the more serious consequences.
There are particular areas where excessive speeding becomes particularly hazardous, due to the increasing likelihood that an accident may take place. These areas include construction zones, areas close to a school or college, and in residential or pedestrian areas. In these areas, your speeding ticket will be taken much more seriously, and as a result, your speeding fine may be doubled.
As stated on the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) website, more than 3.6 million traffic tickets were issued in 2014, and speeding tickets made up the largest proportion. A total of 894,312 speeding tickets were issued in Florida in 2014.
Penalties Associated With Your Speeding Ticket
If you receive a speeding ticket for traveling just a few miles per hour over the posted speed, then normally it can be settled by paying a small fine or attending traffic school. However, if you are found to be speeding at 30 mph or more over the speed limit in Nassau County, then the consequences of receiving a speeding ticket are far more severe and can include a compulsory court appearance, fines, and points on your driving license.
Compulsory Court Appearance
You will be required to attend court if you receive a ticket for traveling 30 mph or more over the posted speed limit. While this can seem like a daunting process, if you enlist in the help of an attorney, they will be able to appear in court by your side or on your behalf.
It is important to remember that judges have a lot of experience in dealing with speed ticket cases like yours, and have heard every possible excuse on numerous occasions. Therefore, unless you have a genuine excuse and can provide evidence to support this, then it is best to leave the excuses at home. At The Law Place, our attorneys are experienced in dealing with cases like yours. They will be able to speak to the judge professionally on your behalf and will be able to give you all the necessary information and advise you on how to approach and handle your case.
Fines Associated With a Speeding Ticket
Fines for speeding in Florida can vary widely depending on the county in which the speeding ticket was received and the circumstances surrounding your ticket. Fines can range from $276 to $500, and if you are caught near a school, construction zone, pedestrian, or residential area, then these fines may be doubled.
In addition, if you are caught traveling 50 mph or more over the speed limit, then the fine could increase to $1000. In other words, the higher the speed you are traveling over the posted speed limit, then the likelihood is, the higher the fine.
Points on Your Driver’s License
Often speeding tickets that are issued for only traveling a few miles per hour over the posted speed limit can be settled by paying a small fine. In addition, there is normally the option to attend a traffic school course in order to avoid receiving points on your license.
However, when you are caught traveling 30 mph or more over the speed limit, there is no option to attend traffic school to avoid points, as the crime committed is far more severe. Therefore, the penalties are greater. You would receive 4 points on your license for traveling 30 mph or more over the speed limit. This would increase to 6 points if your speeding resulted in an accident. Inevitably, insurance rates will increase as a result and can present a financial burden.
Whilst receiving 4 or 6 points might sound minor, they can quickly add up and lead to the suspension of your driver’s license in the State of Florida. For example, if you receive 12 points within a 12 month period, 18 points within an 18 month period, or 24 points within a 36 month period, then you will lose your driver’s license for a period of time. The consequences of this can be devastating as it may prevent you from taking your children to school or traveling to work.
Methods for Measuring Speed
There are numerous methods used for measuring the speed of a vehicle in Nassau County. However, there is only a handful that has been approved to be used as evidence in court. A full list of devices used to measure speed can be found on the Florida Administrative Code website. Some of the most common methods are:
The most common method used to issue a speeding ticket in Nassau County is a radar gun. This method measures speed according to the radio waves that bounce off a moving vehicle, which then provides the traffic officer with a speed reading.
In order for this method to work effectively, the moving vehicle needs to be in sight of the radar gun. In addition, an officer needs to be skilled and trained in using this gun to avoid giving inaccurate readings. Florida Statute 316.1906 sets out the standards for use.
Across many counties in Florida, it is now becoming increasingly common to use laser guns to measure speed. To measure the speed of a moving vehicle, these devices shine a high-powered laser onto the vehicle, which then bounces back to the gun. The time it takes to bounce back to the gun is then measured against the speed of light to give a reading. These devices are considered to be more accurate in providing speed readings when compared to the radar speed detection method.
How a Skilled Attorney Can Help You
If you or someone you know has been issued a speeding ticket for traveling at 30 mph or more over the speed limit in Nassau County, then you should seek the advice of a skilled attorney. Attorney’s can provide you with all the necessary information and advice on how to proceed with your case, and have likely dealt with many speeding ticket cases like yours in the past. The attorney will do all they can to minimize any penalties and fines, and can also appear in court on your behalf.
A skilled attorney may also be able to ask the judge to withhold adjudication under certain circumstances. For example, if you have committed no further traffic violations within a set period of time. You may then be able to avoid receiving points on your driver’s license. However, you will still be liable to pay the necessary fines.
Call The Law Place Today
If you have received a speeding ticket in Nassau County for traveling 30 mph or more over the speed limit, then we highly recommend you seek the advice of an experienced lawyer. We will work hard and fight to minimize the driver’s license penalties and fines brought against you, as well as provide you with ongoing support and information throughout the process. Our offices are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so we can be on hand to offer you information and advice when you need it most. Call us today to arrange a free consultation on (855)-831-7020.
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