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Serious Traffic Offenses

A majority of traffic violations in Florida are civil matters that are frequently resolved by the offender paying a fine and possibly completing some sort of defensive driving, driver improvement, or student traffic safety council school. However, there are certain violations that result in criminal charges.

A conviction for a criminal traffic violation can result in possible imprisonment and significant fines. Any person facing these types of charges should immediately seek qualified legal representation.

Delray Beach Serious Traffic Offenses Lawyer

If you were arrested for any serious traffic violation, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. McLaughlin Morris, P.A. represents clients facing misdemeanor and felony traffic charges in Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County, and Broward County.

Drew McLaughlin and Jeffrey Morris have an extensive background with criminal cases. They can review your case and help you understand your legal options when you call (561) 404-0529 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.


South Florida Serious Traffic Offenses Information Center


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Types of Serious Traffic Offenses in Palm Beach County

Some of the multiple criminal traffic violations listed under Florida law include:


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South Florida Driving Violations and Points

In the state of Florida, points are added against the driving record of any person who pleads guilty to or is convicted of a driving violation. Accumulating a certain number of points can result in a driver’s license being suspended.

Florida uses the following graduated scale of points that assigns relative values to convictions:

Speeding — 15 mph or less over the speed limit

3 points

Speeding —More than 15 mph over the speed limit

4 points

Speeding resulting in an crash

6 points

Moving violation resulting in a crash

4 points

Failing to stop at a traffic signal

4 points

Passing a stopped school bus

4 points

Reckless driving

4 points

Leaving the scene of a crash resulting in property damage of more than $50

6 points

Improper lane change

3 points

Violation of a traffic control sign/device

4 points

Open container as an operator

3 points

Child restraint violation

3 points

Littering

3 points

All other moving violations

3 points

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles can suspend the license of any person who has accumulated 12 or more points within one year. The length of the suspension depends on the total number of points accumulated within a certain time frame:


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Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) Designation in Delray Beach

Under Florida Statute § 322.264, a person may have his or her driver’s license suspended for up to five years or permanently revoked if he or she is designated as a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO). A person may be designated as an HTO if he or she receives 15 convictions for moving traffic offenses for which points may be assessed within a five-year period, or 45 points within 60 months.

A person can also be designated as an HTO if he or she receives three or more convictions of any one or more of the following offenses arising out of separate acts:


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South Florida Serious Traffic Offense Resources

Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller — This website for traffic ticket payments also contains information about civil traffic infraction payment plans, contesting a traffic ticket, red light camera violations, tickets in collections, and traffic school.

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Florida Highway Patrol — You can find information about how to pay a traffic ticket, request a crash report, and various traffic safety problems on this website. There are also a variety of links to other resources, including approved speed measuring devices.

Florida Driver License Suspensions and Revocations — This Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website answers many frequently asked questions about the suspension or revocation of driving privileges. This includes information regarding ignition interlock devices, insurance laws, and violation point values.


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Find the Best Serious Traffic Offenses Lawyer in Palm Beach County

Remember that pleading guilty to a criminal traffic offense can have enormous impact on your driving record. Drew McLaughlin and Jeffrey Morris can aggressively defend you against any misdemeanor or felony traffic violation.

McLaughlin Morris, P.A. helps clients in Delray Beach and such surrounding areas as West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Boynton Beach as well as Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Call (561) 404-0529 today to take advantage of a free, no obligation consultation.

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