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After charges for a criminal traffic offense in Leon County or the surrounding areas, contact a criminal defense attorney in Tallahassee, FL, at Pumphrey Law. Our attorneys have years of experience. Let us put our experience to work for you. Call our lawyers at (850) 681-7777 to find out what you need to do today to protect yourself against a criminal prosecution and to keep your driving privileges.
Pumphrey Law represents clients charged with serious traffic violations in Leon County and the surrounding areas of Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit including Wakulla County, Gadsden County, Liberty County and Jefferson County, plus the cities of Crawfordville, Quincy, Bristol and Monticello.
For those who have had several traffic tickets, they can be issued habitual traffic offender revocations. Florida Statute § 322.264 defines a habitual traffic offender in Florida as someone who has accumulated a certain number of criminal convictions or offenses within a five-year period. A habitual traffic offender can have his or her license permanently revoked or suspended for up to five years.
Vehicular manslaughter is considered a traffic offense that comes with extreme sanctions if convicted. Florida Statutes § 782.07 says vehicular manslaughter is caused by someone operating a motor vehicle negligently, and it results in the death of another person. A vehicular homicide charge is a level above manslaughter because the offender acted recklessly. To be specific, Florida Statutes § 782.071 states vehicular homicide is the killing of another human by operating a motor vehicle in such a reckless way that is likely to cause bodily harm or death to another person.
Another traffic violation that occurs is fleeing with the intent to elude. This criminal traffic offense is defined in Florida Statutes § 316.1935, which says any person who has been ordered to stop by a law enforcement officer, and has knowledge he or she has been ordered to stop, but does not could be charged. Someone who attempts to flee or does flee from an officer also can be charged with this third-degree felony.
Leaving the scene (often called hit-and-run) is defined in Florida Statute § 316.027. Any person who is involved in a car accident that causes injury to someone else must stop their vehicle and remain at the scene until they are permitted to leave. Anyone who does not do this, intentionally, commits a felony of the third degree.
If someone causes death to another person from an automobile accident and intentionally leaves the scene, he or she could be convicted of a felony of the first degree. Additionally, under Florida Statute § 316.061, if someone is involved in a car accident, and causes property damage or damage to another vehicle, and intentionally leaves the scene, they can be found guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree.
Florida has created a point system in which points are assigned after a conviction for certain types of offenses. If someone accrues too many points from the system within a specific time period, that person can have his or her license suspended.
For example, if you pay your traffic violation ticket or are convicted on a criminal citation, then you will be assigned the following points for each violation:
Toll violations – 3 points
Speeding 15 miles or less over the speed limit – 3 points
Parking on a highway – 3 points
All other moving violations – 3 points
Child restraint violations – 3 points
Driver in possession of an open container – 3 points
Speeding more than 15 miles over the speed limit – 4 points
Passing a stopped school bus – 4 points
Driving during restricted hours – 4 points
Running a red light – 4 points
Reckless driving – 4 points
Crash caused by any other moving violation – 4 points
Leaving the scene of a crash with more than $50 in property damage – 6 points
Crash caused by a speeding violation – 6 points
If a person accumulates 12 points within one year, his or her license can be suspended for 30 days. If 18 points are accumulated within one year and a half, a license can be suspended for 90 days. If a driver accrues 24 points within three years, a license can be suspended for one year.
To avoid points from a ticket for a moving violation, anyone can attend a traffic school. However, the election to go to traffic school only can be made once per year, and only five times within a 10-year period. A person making this election will have to notify the Clerk of Court that he or she intends to attend traffic school for a moving violation citation. This option is not available to those with a commercial driver’s license. You can also avoid the points if the court “withholds adjudication” so that you are not convicted of the offense.
If your license has been suspended due to too many violation points, you may be eligible to receive a hardship license if you complete a 12-hour Advance Driving Improvement course, pay the required fee for reinstatement and any other additional fees.
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
The Florida DHSMV website contains information about driver’s licenses, driving resources, vehicle registration, driving records and traffic education schools. It also includes resources on license plates, first-time drivers, ID requirements and fighting a ticket. A local office in Leon County is located at:
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
1210 SE Capital Circle
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Ph.: (850) 488-4735
Florida Highway Patrol
The Florida Highway Patrol maintains law enforcement and traffic safety awareness and promotes safe driving throughout Florida. The site focuses on providing information concerning the roles and responsibilities of the patrol along with resources on driver licenses, vehicle tags, and registration, office locations and relevant forms.
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP)
Neil Kirkman Building
2900 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Ph.: (850) 617 – 2301
Tallahassee Police Department
The City of Tallahassee’s police department website, which contains crime safety tips, records, and information for residents and visitors of Tallahassee. It also includes resources on the various divisions within the department, along with a contact us section. The police department is located at:
234 East Seventh Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Ph.: (850) 891-4200
Finding a Traffic Offense Lawyer in Tallahassee, FL
If you have been charged with a traffic violation in Leon County, Tallahassee, contact the attorneys at Pumphrey Law to discuss the facts of your particular case. The attorneys will help you determine if there are defenses or mitigating circumstances to reduce your charges or have them dismissed. Contact Pumphrey Law at (850) 681-7777 or send an online message for a free consultation about your traffic violation.
Attorney Don Pumphrey, Jr. is a former prosecutor, former law enforcement officer, and a successful and experienced criminal defense attorney. Don has achieved over 100 not guilty verdicts at trial and over 2,000 dismissals.