In Florida, criminal traffic violations are those tickets that can result in you being sent to jail or prison if you’re convicted. These are more than simple speeding tickets or moving violations. You may experience long-term negative consequences if you’re charged with a criminal traffic violation in Florida and are found or plead guilty.

When you’re charged with a criminal traffic violation, you do not have the option to simply pay a citation and move on. You must appear in court to answer the charge or a warrant may be issued for your arrest. If you’re convicted, you acquire a permanent criminal record, not just points on your driver’s license.

Florida Criminal Traffic Charges

It can be confusing to understand when a traffic offense is a crime and exactly what you face when you’re accused of a criminal traffic violation. These types of charges often may be based on a police officer’s perceptions — which can be mistaken. You may not have done anything wrong, in which case an experienced Sarasota traffic lawyer can advocate for you in court and fight to get your charge dismissed or for you to be found not guilty.

If you’ve been charged with a criminal traffic offense, there are some important things you should know about your charge and how it may affect you. However, because every case is based on a unique set of facts and circumstances, you should call Erika Valcarcel, Criminal Defense Lawyer, P.A. at (941) 363-7900 with questions about your specific case.

Some of the types of criminal traffic cases handled by Erika Valcarcel, Criminal Defense Lawyer, P.A. include:

Hit and Run

When you’re involved in a motor vehicle accident that results in property damage, a serious injury or a fatality you’re required to stop at the scene and provide your information to the other parties involved in the accident and to report the crash. If you leave the scene without doing that, you can be charged with a misdemeanor or even a felony hit and fun offense in Florida.

Reckless Driving

When you drive in a way that willfully or wantonly endangers other people, you may be charged with reckless driving in Florida. Reckless driving can be a misdemeanor, but can also be a felony under some circumstances.

Fleeing and Eluding

If you are a driving and fail to stop or remain stopped upon the order of an authorized law enforcement officer, you’ll face the very serious charge of fleeing and eluding, which carries felony penalties that may include prison and a mandatory driver’s license revocation.

Vehicular Manslaughter and Homicide

When you cause serious injury or death while driving in a way that is negligent, you can be charged with vehicular manslaughter, a serious felony offense in Florida.

DUI Manslaughter

A traffic accident that results in a fatality is a tragic event for all of those involved, but if the person driving was under the influence at the time of the incident, he or she may be charged with DUI Manslaughter. This is a felony offense in Florida and is punishable by a mandatory minimum prison term of 4 years.

Driving Under Suspension

If you’re caught driving while your license is suspended, you can be charged with a criminal misdemeanor. Under some circumstances, driving with a suspended license can be a felony offense.

License Reinstatement

Traffic violations and other offenses can cause your license to be suspended or revoked for a period of time. To avoid this, contact a Sarasota traffic lawyer for help getting your license reinstated.

Driving Without a Valid License

You can be charged with a misdemeanor in Florida when you drive without a valid driver’s license. You may have to serve jail time if convicted.

Penalties for Criminal Traffic Violations

Criminal traffic violations can be misdemeanor or felony offenses, depending on the specific charge and the circumstances of your alleged offense. If you’re convicted, the consequences can include:

  • A jail or prison sentence
  • Costly fines and court fees
  • Points on your driver’s license
  • Suspension or revocation of your driver’s license
  • A permanent criminal record that can affect your ability to get or keep a job, especially if you drive for work for any reason
  • Increased vehicle insurance premiums
  • Increased liability in a civil lawsuit if your traffic violation involved an accident or injury

You should take a criminal traffic charge seriously and seek the help of a skilled Sarasota traffic lawyer with your case. An experienced lawyer may be able to get your charge dismissed or reduced so that you suffer less serious consequences — or avoid the consequences of a conviction altogether.

Florida Points System

You accrue points on your driver’s license when you commit certain infractions. The number of points varies depending on the nature and severity of the violation. If you accumulate enough points, your driver’s license may be suspended. Click here to learn more about Florida’s point system.

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Call an Experienced Sarasota Traffic Lawyer Today

Criminal traffic cases can move quickly. You may get pulled over, issued a citation, and be due in court to plead to your charge before you know it. Don’t hesitate to call Sarasota criminal defense attorney Erika Valcarcel to schedule an appointment to discuss your case.

Erika Valcarcel offers aggressive advocacy for people charged with criminal traffic offenses in Florida. She has handled thousands of criminal matters during her years as an attorney and has extensive trial experience in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Let Valcarcel fight for you. Call today at (941) 363-7900 or use the online contact form to obtain your free consultation.