Speeding while driving always carries the risk of getting a speeding ticket. If you are driving out-of-state, the penalties for a speeding ticket can be more serious than if you are charged in your own state. If you are a Connecticut resident and you’ve gotten a speeding ticket in Florida, you might be unfamiliar with Florida’s driving laws. While many states have similar procedures and penalties for speeding, you need to know about Florida’s specific process. You can get this information here.
Most of the traffic tissues issued in Florida are speeding tickets. But, other common traffic tickets include running red lights, careless driving, improper lane change, and other minor traffic issues. If you are charged with speeding in Florida, there are a few things that you need to know.
What To Do If You Get A Speeding Ticket
If you get a speeding ticket in Florida, you must address the ticket within 30 days of getting it. If you don’t address the ticket, you could be summoned to court. The penalties can also increase. If your license is in good standing, you will have three main options. The first option is to take traffic school. This is an option that many people choose, especially if this is their first run-in with Florida’s driving statutes. The other options are paying the civil penalty and requesting a court date.
Many people choose to take traffic school because there are benefits to it. If you take traffic school, your automobile insurance won’t increase. Also, your policy can’t get cancelled. If you complete traffic school, you also won’t have points assessed against your license. You will be considered not guilty of speeding or whatever other infraction you might have.
If you don’t want to go to traffic school, or if you cannot, you can pay the penalty. But, if you pay the fine, Florida will assess points against your driver’s license. This is something to keep in mind if you already have point issues with your license. Also, your car insurance policy could be cancelled.
Going To Court
The final option is to take your case to court. Of course, if you live in Connecticut, getting to court in Florida might be difficult. You and a lawyer might decide that it is not worth it to travel all the way to Florida to fight your ticket. But, if you decide that you want to appear in court and fight the ticket, this is an option that is open to you. If found guilty, points will be assessed against your license and you will have to pay a fine. The fine will vary based on what county you were charged with speeding in.
If you are a Connecticut driver charged with a Florida speeding ticket, your case might be more complicated than a Florida resident’s. For this reason, it is a good idea to contact a motor vehicle violation lawyer. A lawyer can walk you through the process and help you make the decision for you. For more information, contact our office.