Common Traffic Violations in Florida
It is natural to think that a traffic violation is not very serious. After all, speeding typically only comes with a ticket and a fine, and even texting and driving does not have extremely harsh penalties. However, many traffic violations are actually considered crimes in Florida and they come with serious consequences. Too many traffic violations on a person’s criminal record can also result in them being considered a Habitual Traffic Offender. This comes with additional consequences, including a person’s driving record becoming permanently revoked. The five most common traffic violations in the Sunshine State that require the help of a criminal defense lawyer are found below.
Driving on a Suspended License
Driver’s license suspensions are very serious in Florida. Individuals are charged with this offense when their license has been suspended or revoked but they drive anyway. The charges laid for driving on a suspended license can be classified as either a felony or misdemeanor. The type of charge laid will depend on the reason for the suspension or revocation, the history of the driver, and more.
A person drives recklessly when they operate a motor vehicle with wanton disregard for the safety of others. Weaving in and out of lanes, tailgating, running red lights, and excessive speeding are all considered forms of reckless driving. When a person uses their vehicle to flee, or attempt to flee law enforcement, it is known as per se reckless driving.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
All drivers in Florida are required to remain at the scene of the crash if they are involved in an accident. When a person leaves the scene of an accident intentionally, it is considered a serious criminal offense. Leaving the scene of an accident that involved injury or death to another person is the most serious type of offense. If someone was injured and the other driver left, they will face charges of a felony of the third degree. If someone was killed as a result of the crash, a person will face charges of a felony of the first degree.
When a motorist operates their vehicle in such a careless manner that it results in the death of another person, it is considered vehicular manslaughter. Vehicular manslaughter is never an intentional act but rather, the result of someone driving in a negligent manner.
Vehicular homicide is different from vehicular manslaughter because the careless manner in which the vehicle is driven must show a wanton disregard for the safety of others. Like vehicular homicide, a death must occur for these charges to be laid.
Our Criminal Defense Lawyers in Florida Can Help with These Charges
If you or someone you love has been charged with any of the above offenses, our Port St. Lucie criminal lawyers are here to help. At Eighmie Law Firm, P.A., we will use the available defenses to craft a solid case that will give you the best chance of retaining your freedom. Call us today at 772-905-8692 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation.