According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, law enforcement agencies across the U.S. issue about 41 million traffic citations per year. That equates to about 78 tickets every minute. Many of these offenses are relatively minor, but serious criminal traffic charges sometimes result from a simple traffic stop.
The most common traffic misdemeanor charges in Miami-Dade County include:
These types of traffic crimes almost always result in an arrest on criminal charges. The consequences for these types of criminal charges are much more severe than a civil infraction such as a speeding ticket or a citation for running a red light.
Serious traffic offenses can be misdemeanors or even felonies that may be punishable by jail or prison, along with expensive fines and a permanent criminal record if convicted. A conviction can also trigger the suspension of your driver's license.
Attorney for Traffic Offenses in Miami, Florida
If you were cited or arrested for a traffic offense under Chapter 316 of the Florida Statutes in Miami, FL, then you should talk to a qualified criminal defense attorney about your case. There may be possible defenses that can be presented or you may be able to challenge the traffic stop, which could lead to a reduction or dismissal of the charges.
Hubbs Law is experienced in defending traffic charges at all levels throughout the Miami area. E.J. Hubbs provides guidance and counsel for people throughout Miami-Dade County, including Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Hialeah, Miami Gardens, Tamiami, Homestead, North Miami, South Miami.
E.J. Hubbs has earned "Board Certified" recognition by the Florida Bar in the practice of criminal trial law. Only attorneys that complete the stringent requirements of the Florida Bar are eligible for board certification. Only 1 percent of attorneys in Florida meet these requirements for criminal trial law.
Contact Hubbs Law at (305) 615-5945
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Types of Traffic Violations in Miami, Florida
The Florida Statutes, Title XXIII, Chapter 316 enumerates the many traffic laws in Florida under the Florida Uniform Traffic Code. In addition to the many civil infractions for which a person may be cited, the law also lists the more serious actions that are considered criminal, including:
- No Valid Driver's License
- Driving while License Suspended (DWLS), Canceled or Revoked
- Habitual Traffic Offender Suspension (HTO)
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Serious Bodily Injury or Death
- Fleeing or Attempting to Elude
- Warrant Issued in a Criminal Traffic Case
In addition, one of the most common criminal traffic charges is driving under the influence (often called DUI, or DWI or OWI in other jurisdictions). Types of DUI offenses include:
- DUI with Serious Bodily Injury
- Underage DUI (Juvenile or Under Age 21)
The penalties for these crimes range from a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000, to a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Additional penalties may be ordered by the court, such as probation, community service, and others. Administrative sanctions may also result, such as a driver's license suspension.
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Florida Statutes, Title XXIII, Chapter 316 — Florida Uniform Traffic Code — Read the language of the Florida Uniform Traffic Code, which names the offenses and charges for various traffic crimes in Florida, including criminal traffic offenses that are charged as misdemeanors or felonies.
Florida Drivers License Handbook — Published by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), this handy manual includes chapters about driving privileges, driving safety, sharing the road, vehicle equipment, among other topics.
Traffic crimes in Miami-Dade County - Visit the website of the Clerk of the Courts in Miami-Dade County to find information on Criminal Traffic Tickets. A criminal traffic ticket is issued when a person is suspected of committing a traffic violation which is punishable as a misdemeanor offense. A driver can be arrested when charged with a criminal traffic offense or issued a “notice to appear” in court. Examples of the most common criminal traffic offenses include DUI, reckless driving, DWLS with knowledge, and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. If you fail to appear in court, then a bench warrant being issued for your arrest at the missed court date. Call the Miami-Dade Traffic Division’s 24 hour Voice Response System at 305-275-1111 for hearing information.
Find an Attorney for Criminal Traffic Charges in Miami, FL
If you were charged with a Criminal Traffic Offense in Miami, Florida, or Miami-Dade County, then you should speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney about your case. If you missed a court date and a warrant was issued for the failure to appear (FTA), then call for a free consultation.
E.J. Hubbs aggressively defend people who face criminal traffic charges throughout the Greater Miami area. After an arrest for a criminal traffic arrest in Miami-Dade County, attorney E.J. Hubbs represents clients throughout Kendale Lakes and Tamiami to the West and South Miami, Kendall, Homestead and Cutler Bay to the South, as well as communities North of Miami International Airport such as Hialeah and Miami Gardens.
Hubbs Law pledges to fight for your rights both in court and administratively. We provide effective representation by aggressively defending our clients at every phase of their cases and we may be able to successfully obtain a reduction or dismissal of the charges in your case. Call Hubbs Law today at (305) 615-5945
to schedule a free initial appointment to discuss your traffic charges.
This article was last updated on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.