Traffic violations in Florida involve much more than just speeding tickets and/or "fender benders." There is an entire body of law that was enacted to deal with traffic violations, and Adam Frankel, P.A., has represented many clients facing traffic violation charges during his time in practice.

Some traffic-related charges can carry serious consequences, so if you've been charged with a traffic-related offense, you need to contact Mr. Frankel immediately for a full consultation and to begin building your defense. Below are some of the specific issues Mr. Frankel has handled for his clients.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is defined clearly by the Florida statutes, and the text of that specific statute is below:

316.192 - Reckless driving

  • (1)(a) Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.
  • (b) Fleeing a law enforcement officer in a motor vehicle is reckless driving per se.
  • (2) Except as provided in subsection (3), any person convicted of reckless driving shall be punished:
  • (a) Upon a first conviction, by imprisonment for a period of not more than 90 days or by fine of not less than $25 nor more than $500, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
  • (b) On a second or subsequent conviction, by imprisonment for not more than 6 months or by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $1,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Additionally, if a person convicted of violating the statute above also causes property damage, he or she faces a conviction of a misdemeanor in the first degree. If the defendant causes serious bodily injury to another while driving recklessly, he or she could be convicted of a felony in the third degree.

Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License

If a person has his or her license suspended or revoked and is caught driving on public roads during this time period, he or she will face a progressively more serious set of charges and penalties if convicted. The relevant statutory language is detailed below:

  • A first conviction is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
  • A second conviction is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
  • A third or subsequent conviction is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

These charges can involve jail or prison time, and the situation is much more serious if a person is found to have caused bodily injury or property damage while driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Operating Without Insurance

It is a state law in Florida that all automobile drivers must be insured. If a person is found to be driving without insurance coverage, serious administrative penalties follow every situation. If you do not have insurance, the best thing to do is simply not to drive until you secure coverage.

If you are caught driving without insurance, the DMV can suspend your license and your vehicle registration for up to three years or until you provide proof of coverage. You will also pay a penalty ranging from $150 to $500, depending on the number of previous violations.

Consequences for Traffic Violations

The consequences for traffic violations in Florida vary significantly depending on the nature of the violation. The least severe consequence is the forfeiture of a fine or penalty payment, but for more serious charges, a defendant could face suspension or revocation of driving privileges and heavy fines. In the most serious situations, such as those that involve property damage, the infliction of serious bodily injury to another or even death, a defendant could face a significant prison term.

If you are facing the consequences of a traffic violation in Florida, you need to act quickly to build your defense. Contact Adam Frankel, P.A., today for a full consultation.

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