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What is careless driving?

Careless driving generally is a lesser criminal charge than reckless driving and involves a driver who fails to exercize due care while on the road. Motorists may be cited for careless driving for reading while behind the wheel or otherwise failing to pay attention to the road.

Careless driving generally is a lesser criminal charge than ...

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Florida D-6 License Suspensions: Defined

Florida's laws on license suspensions are some of the toughest in the United States. According to recent statistics from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, approximately 30 percent of Florida's motoring public is currently under some so

Florida's laws on license suspensions are some of the toughe...

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Florida’s Point System: A Crash Course

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor vehicles has developed a point system based upon certain violations. Aside from insurance increases, the law mandates that the Department suspend the driver's license of individuals who have accumulated

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor vehicles ...

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Florida License Suspensions Laws: What Are They?

Florida has some unique laws. Unlike in some states where your license won't get suspended for failure to pay a ticket, if you don't pay a ticket in the state of Florida, your license will get suspended' and it will happen relatively fast. David Haenel

Florida has some unique laws. Unlike in some states where y...

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What is a hit and run?

A hit and run accident occurs when one party to a traffic accident leaves the scene before police arrive. The penalty can be anything from a fine to jail time.

A hit and run accident occurs when one party to a traffic ac...

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I was charged with reckless driving. What does this mean?

Reckless driving is a criminal offense for operating a car or other type of vehicle in a manner which endangers other drivers or pedestrians. While the punishment for reckless driving varies from state to state, it can include jail or prison time and substantial fines.

Reckless driving is a criminal offense for operating a car o...

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How to Beat a Red Light Ticket

If you ran a red light and got a ticket, you may be able to beat the charge in court. For example, if you can present evidence showing the traffic signal malfunctioned or was obscured from your vision, a judge may find that you were not at fault for the red light ticket.

If you ran a red light and got a ticket, you may be able to ...

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Nearly 4.6 Million Florida Drivers Have Suspended or Revoked Licenses

According to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), nearly 4.6 million Florida drivers have suspended or revoked licenses' nearly 30 percent of the state's population. David Haenel, an attorney based on Florida's west coast whose p

According to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehi...

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Should You Hire an Attorney for a Speeding Ticket in New York?

Absolutely. Even though most of us think of a speeding ticket as an annoyance that should simply be paid and forgotten, the reality of the situation is that a speeding ticket has the potential of costing you thousands of dollars' years after the ticket has been paid. It's in these types of traffic violations that a New York Criminal Defense lawyer can help most.

Absolutely. Even though most of us think of a speeding tick...

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What if I received a DUI in one state and then moved to another without taking care of it?

If you received a DUI in the state you formerly lived in and did not take steps to take care of the violation, there is very likely a warrant for your arrest in your former state based on a 'failure to appear in court' violation (known as FTA). Even though you are now living in another state, the state that you got the DUI in will still require that you take necessary steps as ordered by their state's court. In fact, if you are pulled over in another state, you'll likely be arrested and, perhaps, extradited to your former state.

If you received a DUI in the state you formerly lived in and...

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Caught Driving with a Suspended License? Be Prepared to Face Harsh Consequences

Motorists convicted of certain traffic violations may face a license suspension as a result. Losing the right to drive due to a license suspension can have a devastating impact on one's ability to live and earn a living. Unfortunately, some continue to drive while under license suspension, and the penalties are harsh.

Motorists convicted of certain traffic violations may face a...

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Your Legal Rights in Traffic Court

Traffic court is where most hearings and trials related to traffic infractions are conducted. Drivers in traffic court have specific legal rights, including but not limited to the right to contest the charges, to call witnesses and present evidence in your defense, and to have a fair hearing before an impartial trier of the facts.

Traffic court is where most hearings and trials related to t...

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Who has access to my driving record? And how long do violations stay on a driving record?

Your driving record is immediately accessible for viewing by the Department of Motor Vehicles and law enforcement officials, such as police officers during a traffic stop. Others may access your driving record if they have good legal cause or your permission to do so. Anyone doing a background check on you, for example, may view your driving record.

Your driving record is immediately accessible for viewing by...

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Does a speeding motorist have the right to see the radar gun?

In general, a speeding motorist is not legally entitled to see the radar gun used to pull him over. If you ask the police officer to show you the radar gun, s/he will typically only show you as a courtesy, or at times in order to deter future speeding.

In general, a speeding motorist is not legally entitled to s...

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Advice on Fighting a Speeding Ticket: Ways to Avoid the High Cost of a Lead Foot

If you are interested in fighting a speeding ticket, you may be able to have your charge dismissed or reduced by presenting evidence proving you are innocent. This may include testimony from witnesses, photographs or video of the scene, and other types of evidence.

If you are interested in fighting a speeding ticket, you may...

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