May 19, 2015
A ticket for running a stop sign or driving 10 miles over the speed limit most likely will not leave you without a driver’s license. However, if you have had several previous violations in a short period of time, that may be the case.
As with most states, Florida’s process for suspending licenses is based on a point system. If you accrue a certain number of points on your license within a specific span of time, the state can suspend your license. Here, we’ll explain Florida’s traffic violation point system and tell you when your driving privileges may be on the line.
Florida’s Traffic Violation Point System
Each time you are issued a traffic ticket, a number of points potentially go on your license if you are convicted of the civil citation. Too many points can result in license suspension or other consequences. Here are some of the most common traffic violations and the number of points assigned to them.
– Exceeding the posted speed limit by 15 miles per hour or less
– Driving with an open container
– Violating child restraint regulations
– Reckless driving
– Moving violations that cause an accident
– Attempting to pass a stopped school bus
– Exceeding the posted speed limit by more than 15 miles per hour
– Failure to obey traffic control signals or devices
– Leaving the scene of an accident with damage of $50 or more
– Speed violations resulting in an accident
Point Requirements For License Suspension
– 12 points within 12 months ― 30-day suspension
– 18 points within 18 months ― 3-month suspension
– 24 points within 36 months ― 1-year suspension
How to Avoid Points on Your License
When you are issued a traffic ticket, you generally have the option of attending traffic school to have the points associated with the violation removed. These classes take about six to eight hours and can be completed online, but take into account that a fee does apply.
Your other option for keeping points from going on your license is hiring an attorney or challenging the ticket in court. However, if you know you made the violation and do not have a solid defense, taking the traffic school course might be the smartest option.
When To Involve an Attorney
Traffic violations and license suspension can lead to serious consequences, including heavy fines and insurance rate hikes. An attorney who is knowledgeable about Florida’s traffic laws can help you fight a ticket in court and keep your driving record clean.
When it comes to more serious violations, like a DUI or reckless driving, you should always consult legal counsel before moving forward. In addition to the suspension or revocation of your license, such convictions can also lead to thousands of dollars in fines and jail time. If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal traffic violation, call the Khonsari Law Group today. Our experienced and dedicated attorneys are here to guide you through this time.