What is Criminal Traffic
There are a number of Criminal Traffic Violations in F.S. §316-324 they may result in criminal charges. Such charges include:
- Driving While License Suspended
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident
- Reckless Driving
- Racing on the Highway
It Could Effect Your Drivers License
While all criminal charges may effect your drivers license one way or another criminal traffic charges are generally more likely to effect your license. In some cases it won’t effect your license at all. In other cases depending on your prior record you can receive points on your drivers license, which will potentially raise your insurance or suspend your license if you have enough points on your license. Also depending on your prior record you may become a habitual traffic offender, which carries a 5 year drivers license suspension.
All Offenders are Treated as Adults
Since driving is considered an adult activity anyone who is criminally charged with an criminal traffic offense will be charged in adult court even if the person is under 18
Alternative Dispositions of Your Case
If you have been charged with a criminal traffic it is important that you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. Florida statutes allows certain cases to be disposed of with just a fine if it is done before an arraignment. It is important to talk to a criminal defense attorney to see if you qualify for this disposition. They can also discuss the effect that certain dispositions might have on your license. Also many criminal traffic charges are based on the current status of your license or registration. If the defendant fixes his license or registration often times the judge or prosecutor will give the defendant a better disposition of the charge.
Many criminal traffic charges that seem straight forward may be more complicated then they seem. A defendant may be able to defendant may have numerous defenses against a number of criminal traffic charges. These defenses include an improper stop by law enforcement, in proper notice of suspension on a driving while license suspended charge, on attached tags not assigned the prosecutor has to prove the defendant attached the tag. It is not enough that the defendant is driving a car with the wrong tag on it.