Florida Driving Violations

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The state of Florida deals with the driving privileges of millions of drivers.  Tracking these drivers, while ensuring the safety of other drivers and pedestrians, requires maintaining driving records of all individuals.  In order to best assess these driving records, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles utilizes a points-based system to identify potentially hazardous drivers.  In addition to consistent point violations, drivers may also face loss of driving privileges for a single major infraction as well.

Florida Traffic Point System

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles utilizes a point system that allows drivers twelve (12) points in a one-year period, before imposing suspensions.  In the case of accumulation of twelve (12) points in a one-year period, drivers will face a thirty (30) day suspension.  For accrual of eighteen (18) points in an eighteen (18) month period or twenty-four (24) points in a two-year period, drivers will face suspensions of three months and one year, respectively. Consistent major infractions, which include those infractions with point totals of more than four for the single offense, may also warrant license suspension at the court’s discretion.

Florida Fines and Penalties

Traffic Violations Fine Amounts Points Traffic School Jail License Suspension?
Aggressive Driving Court discretion 4 Advanced Driver Improvement Courses may reduce points from offense Not likely for single offense Potentially, at court's discretion
Driving Under Influence - DUI $500 to $1,000 for first offense 6 12 mandatory hours of DUI School Evaluation required Not more than one (1) year of imprisonment Mandatory for at least 180 days
Driving While Imparied - DWI $500 to $1,000 for first offense 6 12 mandatory hours of DUI School Evaluation required Not more than one (1) year of imprisonment Mandatory for at least 180 days
Driving With License Suspended $101 fine for infraction, court fees, fines, and costs likely much more 3 Following other legal proceedings, required as part of gaining driver's license Jail sentences possible, at court's discretion License suspension to continue, likely with additional months of suspension
Driving Without Headlights $125.50 to $151 dollars, plus court costs 3 Advanced Driver Improvement Courses may reduce points from offense Not likely for single offense Single offense will not lead to license suspension
Exhibition of Speed $141 up to $441, pending number of miles over speed limit 4 Advanced Driver Improvement Courses may reduce points from offense Jail sentences possible, at court's discretion License revocation mandatory
Failure to Yield $125.50 to $151 dollars, plus court costs 3 Advanced Driver Improvement Courses may reduce points from offense Not likely for single offense Single offense will not lead to license suspension
Failure to Signal $125.50 to $151 dollars, plus court costs 3 Advanced Driver Improvement Courses may reduce points from offense Not likely for single offense Single offense will not lead to license suspension
Failure to Stop $216 dollars, plus court costs 3 Advanced Driver Improvement Courses may reduce points from offense Not likely for single offense Single offense will not lead to license suspension
Hit and Run Criminal charges likely, fines and costs assessed in sentencing 6 Advanced Driver Improvement Courses madatory, even if crash did not involve alcohol or drugs Jail sentences possible, at court's discretion License revocation mandatory if involving crash with bodily injury or death
Illegal Passing $125.50 to $151 dollars, plus court costs 3 Advanced Driver Improvement Courses may reduce points from offense Not likely for single offense Single offense will not lead to license suspension
Illegal u-turn $125.50 to $151 dollars, plus court costs 3 Advanced Driver Improvement Courses may reduce points from offense Not likely for single offense Single offense will not lead to license suspension
Intoxication Manslaughter Felony criminal charges mandatory, will result in criminal fines 6 Mandatory following other legal proceedings to reinstate license Jail sentences likely, at court's discretion License revocation mandatory
No Drivers License $101 fine for infraction, court fees, fines, and costs likely much more 3 Following other legal proceedings, required as part of gaining driver's license Jail sentences possible, at court's discretion License suspension to continue until cleared with courts
Running a Red Light $125.50 to $151 dollars, plus court costs 4 Advanced Driver Improvement Courses may reduce points from offense, required for second red light running offense in twelve months Not likely for single offense Single offense will not lead to license suspension
Running Stop Sign $125.50 to $151 dollars, plus court costs 4 Advanced Driver Improvement Courses may reduce points from offense Not likely for single offense Single offense will not lead to license suspension
Reckless Driving Court discretion 4 Can be used to reduce point total, potentially required at court's discretion Jail sentences possible, at court's discretion Single offense may lead to license suspension, at discretion of the courts
Speeding in School Zone $141 up to $441, pending number of miles over speed limit 4 Advanced Driver Improvement Courses may reduce points from offense Not likely for single offense Single offense will not lead to license suspension
Unsafe Lane Change $125.50 to $151 dollars, plus court costs 3 Advanced Driver Improvement Courses may reduce points from offense Not likely for single offense Single offense will not lead to license suspension

What to Expect in a Florida Traffic Court

Florida traffic courts provide a forum for drivers to defend themselves against citations.  In cases of serious infractions, appearance in court is mandatory.  In cases of less serious violations, drivers may plead guilty to the violation through mailing in payment of their fine or paying it online.  If electing to defend themselves against an infraction, drivers must appear on their given court date and plead their case.  In most cases, drivers will be seeking to mitigate the problems associated with their most recent citation, which may push them over the points limit for a given period and into suspension.  Others may have to address existing license suspension issues or request other conditions, such as traffic school, to preserve their driving abilities.  Having an attorney during and before any traffic court appearance is highly beneficial.  Some useful links for drivers in the state of Florida include:

Florida Driving Violations Legal Help from a Lawyer

An attorney representing your traffic violation case may prove greatly beneficial.  This is especially true when a citation or violation may cause loss of license or revocation of driving privileges.  An attorney can seek to dismiss violations on any number of grounds, but also, if dismissal is not feasible, make requests for traffic school to reduce point totals, garner hardship licenses, or arrange some other deal to allow you to keep your license, which is at the court’s discretion.

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