Traffic Violation Defense Attorney

Many people think of traffic tickets as a minor annoyance and a nearly unavoidable part of driving. If you have received a ticket, you may think that the best course of action is simply to pay the fine and move on with your life. In reality, traffic tickets can easily escalate to significant legal problems and, if not properly handled, could threaten your driving privileges and even land you in jail.

Whether you are just visiting the Florida Keys or if you live here permanently, consulting a local lawyer regarding your ticket can save you time, money, and potentially unknown repercussions.  Reed Palacios Law offers free consultations where we will review your case and advise you of your legal options.

Types of Traffic Violations and Offenses

There is only one road in and out of the Florida Keys – Route 1. As a result, it is heavily patrolled, and the state and local authorities take traffic violations very seriously.  Also, due to the uniqueness of the Florida Keys, many visitors and locals use bicycles, mopeds, electronic bikes, or electronic scooters as transportation.  For tourists unfamiliar with driving in our popular destination, traffic accidents are not uncommon.  A few examples of traffic violations that could result in legal action include:

  • Speeding
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Biking under the Influence
  • DUI or BUI with Injury or Property Damage
  • Failure to yield
  • Failing to signal lane changes or turns
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Failure to maintain control
  • Failure to stop at a red light or a stop sign
  • Non-moving violations such as expired tags or malfunctioning lights

Penalties for Traffic Violations and Offenses

The penalties for traffic violations and offenses can vary widely. In some cases, the penalties may involve a simple civil fine and points on your license. Other violations may be criminal offenses and have the potential for substantial fines and even jail time. It is important to keep in mind that getting points on your license could result in issues like higher insurance rates and the suspension of your license. If you continue to drive with a suspended license and get caught, it could result in significant criminal penalties, including up to one year in jail.

You should also keep in mind that traffic tickets have the potential to result in significant legal problems that are far more serious than you may realize. For example, if your traffic ticket requires you to appear in court, and you are unable to attend or if you forget to pay a fine in time, it could result in a warrant being issued for your arrest. If a warrant is issued, it is difficult to resolve your case without turning yourself in to law enforcement first or being stopped by a law enforcement officer who realizes you are a person with a warrant out for your arrest.  Being arrested unexpectedly – such as when you are on your way to work – could result in additional trouble, like the loss of your job or damage to your professional reputation.

Defenses to Traffic Violations

At Reed Palacios Law, we know how complicated and serious seemingly “simple” traffic tickets can be, and we are dedicated to resolving traffic matters with as little consequence to our clients as possible. In many cases, there are defenses available to traffic violations, including the following:

  • Challenging reasonable suspicion or probable cause for the traffic stop
  • Providing evidence that contradicts the police officer’s narrative of events
  • Necessity
  • Improper or blocked signage
  • Miscalibrated or malfunctioning radar guns

Our team can help even when there are no strong defense options available. We know how to negotiate with prosecutors and obtain plea arrangements that spare our clients from the most serious consequences associated with traffic violations. In many cases, we resolve traffic matters in ways that result in zero points on your license. In fact, sometimes, we can even get traffic tickets completely dismissed, allowing you to go on with your life as if you had never been pulled over in the first place. We do everything in our power to help find the best resolution to your case.

How Can the Lawyers of Reed Palacios Law Help You with Traffic Violations

If you have been accused of a traffic violation or criminal traffic offense, it is in your best interest to act quickly. The lawyers at Reed Palacios Law are committed to helping people with traffic tickets resolve their legal issues quickly and efficiently – and in a way that results in the least serious consequences and penalties possible. Colleen and Victor have cultivated professional relationships with the attorneys, judges, and probation officers serving Plantation Key, Marathon, and Key West – let their experience and these critical relationships work for you and the best outcome for your case.

Contact us online or call our office today to schedule a free case evaluation.