Traffic offenses can, and do, affect anyone with a driver’s license. Almost everyone has at least one speeding or parking ticket on their record. But traffic offenses can also be criminal, given the nature of the offense. An experienced defense attorney can help you navigate this challenging process. Civil traffic citations can range from speeding, illegal parking, or careless driving, while criminal traffic offenses include reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and DUI.
Though civil citations might seem less serious than criminal traffic offenses, they should not be taken lightly. Multiple civil citations can lead to a suspended license. Driving on a suspended license is considered a misdemeanor, but after three misdemeanor convictions for this offense, the State Attorney’s Office can prosecute you as an Habitual Traffic Offender and charge the offense as a third degree felony, exposing you to 5 years in the Florida State Prison. It is important to address minor traffic citations timely and with representation. The Law Offices of Kelli J. Bynum, located in Jacksonville, Florida, can represent you in court for traffic citations, protecting your driver’s license from points that otherwise might be incurred as a result of paying the fine. Points may also be withheld by attending driving school, but if you hire counsel to attend court on your behalf, you may be eligible for a withhold of adjudication without any requirements to attend driving school.
If you are cited for a criminal traffic offense, such as reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, or DUI, it is important to seek the advice of legal counsel immediately. A plea to any such offense will create a criminal record.
If you have been cited for a civil traffic infraction or arrested or given a notice to appear for a criminal traffic offense, call The Law Offices of Kelli J. Bynum, P.A. at 904.354.4499 immediately for a free consultation to discuss your options and preserve your rights.