Jacksonville Commercial Traffic Ticket Attorneys
Commercial Traffic Ticket
Getting a ticket may seem like no big deal to the average driver. You pay the penalty, attend traffic school and move on. But when you drive for a living, the consequences of a commercial traffic ticket can be significant. A commercial traffic ticket in Florida not only costs you a considerable sum, but it can also affect your insurance premiums and your employment opportunities. Also, if you fail to address a ticket you received, you could lose your commercial driving license.
At the Law Offices of Farah & Farah, our Jacksonville traffic violation lawyers understand the repercussions of a commercial traffic ticket. It could adversely affect your job and your livelihood. You do not want to take it lightly or make the wrong decision. Contact us at (904) 263-4610 to find out how you can obtain the best possible outcome.
How Florida Law Affects Your License
There are harsh punishments for commercial drivers who violate the law in Florida. In fact, if you are convicted of two serious traffic violations during a three-year period, you will lose your license at least temporarily. According to Florida Statutes Section 322.61, two offenses within a three-year period will result in a 60-day suspension and three convictions will result in the disqualification of your commercial driver’s license (CDL) for 120 days. Traffic violations that can result in a temporary CDL suspension include:
- Careless driving
- Reckless driving
- Attempting to elude an officer
- Driving 15 miles per hour or more over the speed limit
- Improper lane change
- Following too closely
- Driving without a license
- Driving while uninsured
You don’t have to be driving a commercial vehicle or even be on the job to lose your commercial license. For example, you could lose your CDL for a year if you are convicted of driving any motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, for using the vehicle in the commission of a felony or for driving while in possession of a controlled substance. If you are convicted of two of these serious violations, you could lose your license permanently.
Understand Your Rights in Jacksonville, FL
It is difficult to obtain a commercial driver’s license in Florida and it can prove challenging to keep one. Your legal options are limited if you wish to retain your license after you have received a ticket. Florida law does not allow you to keep points off your record by taking driving school classes, therefore, your only option is to fight the ticket in court.
Since you cannot keep points off your record, you should opt for a hearing to fight the ticket. You have 30 days from the time you are cited to request a hearing. The instructions as to how to request a hearing should be on your ticket. Otherwise, you can contact the county where you were cited. You will then need to build your case. There are a number of defenses, but you may need quality legal counsel as you prepare for your hearing. The officer who cited you will be subpoenaed to appear. If the officer fails to appear, your ticket will be dismissed. If the officer does appear, a hearing will take place to determine if you were guilty of the violation.
If You Fail To Act
There are many reasons why it is advisable to fight CDL tickets in Florida. If you choose to just pay the fine, it is an admission of guilt that will result in points on your license. Multiple convictions of serious moving violations may result in a disqualification period during which time you will not be allowed to operate a commercial vehicle. Also, potential employers will be less inclined to hire you if you have blemishes on your record.
Some employers even refuse to keep drivers on their payroll who are in danger of losing their license. It is important that you are proactive in building a defense to protect your license and keep your job. Do not let a traffic violation jeopardize your current or future employment. Please contact the experienced Jacksonville criminal attorneys at (904) 263-4610 for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.