Traffic tickets are given out every day. People usually don’t fight parking tickets because they can pay the small penalty fee and be done with it. However, that same mentality cannot be applied to speeding tickets where the fees may be more serious than you think.
That said, it would be in your best interest to hire a Miami traffic lawyer to fight a reckless driving ticket and appeal your citation; Falk & Ross Law Firm may be able to reduce or eliminate the outrageous and sometimes unnecessary fees associated with this infraction.
Reckless driving traffic citations are issued when you are driving over the designated speed limit. The fee for this infraction will vary depending on the extremity of the violation.
Upon receiving a citation there are 3 options you can take to fight a reckless driving ticket:
- attend traffic school;
- pay a penalty fee; or
- make a case and fight the reckless driving ticket in court.
*Note: you must take action within 30 days of the citation.
In the state of Florida the fees range as follows:
Why shouldn’t I just pay the fee?
If the process for a speeding ticket was as simple as making a 1-time payment, most people would do it. No one wants the added stress and time commitment of fighting and taking their reckless driving case to court. However, speeding tickets carry an aftermath of financial burden with them that you need to take into consideration.
While the ticket alone will cost you on average above $100, it will go on your driving record and consequently, will increase the cost of your annual insurance. This increase can stay on your insurance plan for 3 years and cost you on average $350 annually, totaling over $1000 for that 3-year window.
Ultimately you will be paying much more because of this 1 ticket than you had anticipated and will have points on your license (points are delegated based on a scale determined by the state). One reckless driving speeding ticket will warrant 4 points on your record. In the state of Florida, 12 points on your record will result in a 30-day suspension of your license. One speeding ticket will put you 1/3 of the way to a 30-day license suspension.
Is traffic school a better option?
If you elect to go to traffic school there is a plus side: your auto insurance will not go up and your policy cannot be terminated (as dictated by the state of Florida). Once you complete the traffic school course and receive a certificate, the fine will be reduced and you are guaranteed to not receive any points on your license.
Florida has many approved traffic schools that can be found through a Florida State DMV.
Take Your Ticket to Court: A Way to Fight a Reckless Driving Ticket
Going to court for your citation may sound like a lot of work, but with a Miami traffic lawyer by your side, the legal process will be handled for you. A Miami traffic lawyer will know the ins-and-outs of the law, will be able to defend your rights and cross-examine any witnesses who will testify against you. This route affords you the chance to avoid citation fees, traffic school and points on your license altogether.
Get Legal Help from a Miami Traffic Lawyer Today
The cost of a Miami traffic lawyer can be far less than the cost of your ticket. Our firm offers a free consultation, so you have the chance to learn more about us and our practice before retaining our services. We will also tell you exactly what you’ll be charged ahead of time and give you an honest opinion about the challenges of your case.
If you have recently been charged with reckless driving in Miami, Florida, contact us today at 877-663-5110 to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation consultation.