Miami Traffic Tickets Lawyer
With many traffic offenses, drivers are issued tickets which they often pay and simply forget about. Motorists may have their licenses suspended or revoked, however, if they accumulate too many points on their driving records, and failure to pay tickets can result in bench warrants being issued for the arrests of those drivers.
Certain traffic offenses in themselves can result in misdemeanor or even felony criminal charges. Just as is the case with any criminal allegation, alleged offenders are presumed innocent and must have their guilt proven beyond a reasonable doubt.Lawyer for Traffic Violations in Miami-Dade County, FL
Were you issued a ticket for or have you been criminally charged with a serious traffic offenses in Florida? Do not pay any ticket without first discussing your legal options with The Hoffman Firm.
Miami criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman is an experienced former prosecutor who helps clients all over Miami-Dade County, including Miami, North Miami, South Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Aventura, Key Biscayne, Hialeah, Opa Locka, and more. He can review your case as soon as you call (305) 249-0090 to schedule a free initial consultation.
North Miami Traffic Ticket and License Information Center
- What are some of the most common traffic citations issued in Florida?
- What is a habitual traffic offender?
- Where can I find more information about traffic offenses in Miami-Dade County?
Common Traffic Offenses in Florida
Traffic violations may be criminal or non-criminal violations. All violations can result in points being added to a motorist’s driving record.
Some of the common moving violations that are not considered criminal offenses include:
- Traffic Light Violations;
- Stop Sign Violations;
- Move Over Law;
- Minor Driving Without License;
- No Passing Zone;
- Open Container;
- Failure to Yield; and
- Improper Lane Change.
Traffic offenses that may result in misdemeanor or felony charges include:
- Leaving the Scene;
- Careless/Reckless Driving;
- Habitual Traffic Offender;
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident;
- No Valid Driver’s License/Expired Driver’s License;
- Driving While License Suspended, Cancelled, or Revoked;
- Racing on a Highway;
- Registration Violations; and
- Use of Fake or Fraudulent License.
The Hoffman Firm also represents commercial drivers and out-of-state drivers who were cited for traffic offenses in the Miami area.
Habitual Traffic Offender Revocation in Miami-Dade County
A habitual traffic offender (HTO) is defined under Florida Statute § 322.264 as any person whose record, as maintained by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, shows that he or she has accumulated a specified number of convictions for certain offenses within a five-year period. A motorist will be classified as an HTO is he or she receives 15 or more traffic offenses for which points may be assessed.
A driver can also be classified as an HTO if he or she is convicted of three or more of the following offenses within a five-year period:
- Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle;
- Any driving under the influence (DUI) offense;
- Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used;
- Driving a motor vehicle while his or her license is suspended or revoked;
- Failing to stop and render aid as required under the laws of this state in the event of a motor vehicle crash resulting in the death or personal injury of another; or
- Driving a commercial motor vehicle while his or her privilege is disqualified.
When a person is designated as an HTO, his or her license is revoked for five years. It is a third-degree felony if that motorist is caught driving while his or her license is revoked.
Florida Resources for Traffic Tickets
Miami-Dade County Traffic Online System — Visit this website to search for an pay traffic citations in Miami-Dade County. Tickets need to be paid within 30 days from date they are issued, but it can take three weeks for the citation to appear in this system. You can find the eight locations where tickets can be paid in person on this website. The Miami office is located at the following address:
Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building
1351 Northwest 12th Street
Miami, FL 33125
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) — The FHP patrols roads and highways throughout the Sunshine State and also investigates accidents in Florida. On this website, you can learn more about the history, troop boundaries, and policies of the FHP. You can also view traffic incidents by region and request traffic crash reports. The FHP has a Miami-Dade County station at the following location:
Florida Highway Patrol Troop E Division
1011 Northwest 111th Avenue
Miami, FL 33172
If you have been cited for a criminal traffic offense or you are in danger of having your license suspended because of multiple non-criminal violations, it will be in your best interest to seek the help of experienced legal counsel. The Hoffman Firm represents clients throughout Miami-Dade County, including such communities as North Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Opa Locka, and more.
Evan A. Hoffman is a criminal defense attorney in Miami who fights to get the most favorable outcomes for all kinds of traffic tickets. Call (305) 249-0090 or complete an online contact form to have him review your case during a free, confidential consultation.