When you get behind the wheel in Florida, Taylor County, inclusive, you have something called a duty of care. This duty of care is Florida law under Florida Statute 768.81. This law is put in place not only to ensure your safety, but also the safety of other drivers on the road, motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians.
If you are speeding slightly but have not harmed anyone, then you may not be pulled over by the police officer that is monitoring traffic. But, if you are caught speeding at an excessive speed such as 30 mph or above the stated limit, you can expect severe repercussions. If you are caught speeding, you will most definitely receive a speeding ticket. But depending on the circumstances of your stop, the consequences could be more severe such as points on your record, suspended license, and a compulsory court appearance.
In turn, these could have further consequences in your daily life. Such as not being able to travel to work or take your children to school. Also, you may not feel comfortable informing your boss why you need to take time off work to attend a court trial.
If you wish to lessen the severity of the situation, we advise that you hire an attorney to attorney to appear on your behalf. Here at The Law Place, we are here to help, which is why our phone line is open 24/7. Call us today at (855)-831-7020 to arrange a free consultation.
The Circumstances of Your Traffic Ticket
Depending on the situation of your traffic stop, the police officer in question may decide to let you off slightly. They can do this by issuing you a ticket for 29 mph instead of the 30 mph over the speed limit. This might not sound like much, but it will make a massive difference in terms of the final outcome of your case and the associated consequences.
However, if you are apprehended speeding 30 miles per hour or above in a residential area, school zone, or construction zone, the consequences will be more severe. The reason for this is due to the higher footfall of traffic and pedestrians. If you are caught, the fines awarded can be doubled.
Fines Associated With Your Speeding Ticket
The initial outcome of being caught speeding is that you will receive a speeding ticket; the amount is dependent on the situation and your driving history.
The speeding ticket can vary between $250 to $500 for speeding over 30 mph above the speed limit. This is then doubled to $1000 or more if you are caught speeding over 50 mph above the speed limit. Also, the speeding ticket will be doubled if you are apprehended speeding in a residential area, construction zone, or school area. The final amount of the fine you will have to pay will be decided in court.
Furthermore, sometimes fines are the least of your worries. If you have a track history of being caught speeding and already have points on your record, you may lose your driver’s license.
If you are apprehended speeding at 30 miles per hour or above in Florida, including in Taylor County, you will be summoned to face a compulsory court appearance where a judge will determine the outcome.
For most people, the idea of going to court can make them feel anxious and apprehensive, which why we advise that you seek legal representation in order to relieve those feelings.
An attorney will be able to represent your case on your behalf. This is very helpful if you cannot attend due to other commitments or if you live out of state.
Another pointer we will give you is that you should not come up with an excuse as to why you were speeding. No reason will be enough for a judge. A judge may show some leniency if you have evidence to prove that your reasoning is completely genuine.
An experienced attorney will know how to handle the situation and will advise you on how to proceed. Our lawyers at The Law Place have a wealth of experience, and this will not be their first time handling a speeding ticket case in Florida.
Points on Your Driving Record
If you are faced with receiving points on your driving record, there will be multiple negative knock-on effects. Your insurance company may bump up your insurance premium and/or you could be at risk of having your license taken away.
To explain in more detail, if you are apprehended speeding at 30 miles per hour or above the speed limit, you will receive a fixed amount of four points. This would be bumped up to six points if your actions resulted in an accident that caused an injury. You will not be able to attend a traffic school to remove these points.
Initially, you may not be concerned by a few points on your driving record. However, they can add up rather quickly. If you receive a certain amount of points within a set time frame, such as twelve points within twelve months, you will automatically lose your driver’s license in the State of Florida.
If you have your license taken away, it can affect your everyday life. Such as being unable to carry out mundane errands or attend your favorite leisure activities. This is why we highly advise that you seek legal representation, as a lawyer will be able to assist you in reducing the charges.
What Can an Attorney Do for Me if I Was caught Speeding 30 MPH Over in Florida?
A highly qualified ticket attorney can assist you when facing a compulsory court trial, no matter the circumstances of how you were caught. Law enforcement can use various methods to monitor the speed of traffic, such as laser guns and radar guns.
However, an attorney may be able to dismiss the case by saying that you were not traveling at the speed you are being accused of. In order to be able to do so, they will need to prove one of the following:
- The laser or radar detected the speed of another car.
- The laser or radar had not been calibrated correctly or was faulty.
- The law enforcement officer had not received the correct training required to enable them to issue a speeding ticket.
The case could also be dismissed if the police officer in question fails to complete the paperwork correctly or, for some reason, doesn’t turn up to give their witness statement.
If your attorney can not file for a motion to dismiss, they will do everything in their power to lessen the severity of the outcome, such as preventing points on your license. A traffic attorney from The Law Place has your best interest at heart and will help you; however they can.
Call The Law Place Now!
If you have received a speeding ticket, then you have the option to contact a highly qualified speeding traffic attorney. Here at The Law Place, we have been handling such cases in the state of Florida for many years. We have the knowledge and expertise on how to deal with such scenarios.
Fear not, an attorney can attend court on your behalf. Contact us today on (855)-831-7020.
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