Roughly 4.5 million people are issued traffic tickets each year in Florida, reports Miami New Times. The roadways are polka-dotted with officers seemingly out to make their quotas. In fact, you are more likely to be ticketed in Florida than in any other state, according to the National Motorists Association. If you have been issued a ticket in St. Petersburg, Tampa or Bradenton, it is in your best interest to consult a traffic infraction defense attorney at Goldman Wetzel. We offer potential clients a free initial consultation, so call us at 727-828-3900.
Succumbing to a ticket could mean substantial fines, loss of driving privileges, points on your license and more. With help from our firm, you might be able to fight the ticket and either get the ticket thrown out or have the penalties reduced.
Common Traffic Infractions
Our lawyers have handled cases involving numerous types of traffic violations. Below are some examples of the types of cases with which we can assist clients.
- Running a red light
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Seatbelt violations
- Failing to signal when changing lanes or turning
- SunPass violations
- Traffic infractions involving school buses, roadway workers or police cars
- Illegal U-turns
- Driving on a median or shoulder
If your license was suspended or revoked for an infraction, we could help fight to recover your privileges.
Seek Legal Advice before Paying Your Ticket
Paying a ticket is often an admission of guilt. While it can seem easier just to write a check and be done with the ticket, doing so can wind up hurting you in the long run. Accumulated points can result in loss of privileges as well as a marked increase in your insurance premiums.
Speak to a traffic infraction attorney first so that you fully understand your options. You may have other options that will help avoid negative repercussions. For instance, you might be able to attend traffic school in lieu of accruing points on your license.
You might be able to have the case dismissed if the officer does not show up for court. It is worth your time and effort at least to run your case by an attorney. If you reside in or near St. Petersburg or Tampa, you are welcome to call our office to schedule a consult. The initial consultation is free, and there’s no obligation to use our services.
Defenses to Traffic Citations
There are numerous strategies and defenses that we can use to fight traffic citations. One of the most common ways a driver will win a case is when the officer does not show up for court. Without the officer’s presence, we can refute the charges and typically have the case dropped. There are sound scheduling tactics we can employ to increase the likelihood of a no-show, which we can discuss with you if applicable to your situation.
Another way we may approach is case is to break down the elements of the law you supposedly violated, and if an element is missing, we can show that you were not in actually violation of the law at all. We also can comb through the evidence of your case and expose any errors made on the officer’s part or faults with equipment or testing.
Whatever the circumstances, we vouch to represent each of our clients appropriately and staunchly in court so that they are afforded the best chances of a good resolution.
Free Consultation with a Traffic Ticket Attorney in St. Petersburg
Before paying your ticket, call Goldman Wetzel for a consultation. Contact our office at 727-828-3900 to schedule a meeting with one of our traffic infraction defense attorneys in St. Petersburg.