Broward County

Broward County is a part of the Treasure Coast region along the southeastern coast of Florida.  As of 2017, the population of Broward County has a population close to two million residents. It is the second-most populous county in Florida with a booming tourism business. The county seat for Broward County is the city of Fort Lauderdale.

The Miami metropolitan area is a short drive from Broward County cities. Numerous intersecting highways and state cut through the Broward County. Visitors, residents, and tourists are constantly on the move in this busy county every day. The success of Broward County does leave ample room for traffic violations and DUI arrests in the area.

If you or someone you know is in need of a traffic defense attorney, it is vital that you contact Meltzer & Bell, P.A..

Broward County Attorneys for Traffic Violations

Have you recently been charged, ticketed, or arrested for a driving violation in the Broward County area? If the answer is yes, it is recommended that you gain legal representation as soon as possible.

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Overview for Broward County Traffic Attorneys in Florida


Common DUI & Traffic Violations

A person who has been ticketed with a traffic ticket may have to pay large fines and appear in court. People charged with a driving offense may have to pay fines, face possible incarceration, and lose their license. It is important to stay ahead and understand what comes next if you are facing a traffic violation in court.

Some common DUI and traffic violations that happen in Broward County include:

    • Failure to yield;
    • Driving with expired or missing license plates;
    • Parking infractions;
    • Failure to wear a seat belt;
    • Driving under the influence;
    • Driving without insurance; and
    • Leaving the scene of an accident;
    • Passing a stopped school bus;
    • Driving without a valid driver's license;
    • Reckless driving; and
    • Speeding. 

DUI Statistics in Florida

All of the tourist attractions and nightlife make driving under the influence (DUI) tickets and arrests a common occurrence in Broward County. The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles released a 2017 report that illustrated DUI arrests and tickets in Florida. The following are some statistics for DUI offenses in Florida.

  • 7,612 DUI tickets issued by the Florida Highway Patrol;
  • 17,530 DUI tickets issued by Florida police departments;
  • 18,056 DUI tickets issued by Florid sheriff departments.
  • 43,899 DUI violation tickets; and
  • 24,334 DUI convictions.

Major Intersections in Fort Lauderdale

The city of Fort Lauderdale is the county seat for Broward County. It is a part of the Miami metropolitan area with a population of over 100,000. Fort Lauderdale is a popular tourist destination. In 2012 alone, it hosted 12 million visitors, including 2.8 million international visitors.

Fort Lauderdale has a steadily increasing population with a constant influx of tourists. On top of this, traveling by motor vehicle is the main mode of transportation for Fort Lauderdale residents and visitors. The combination of these factors makes traffic violations and DUI offenses a regular occurrence in Fort Lauderdale.

Intersections are a hub for traffic violations and DUI offenses. It is a guarantee that law enforcement will patrol or keep these areas a high priority. The following are some major traffic intersections in the city of Fort Lauderdale.

  • East Las Olas Boulevard and Florida A1A
  • North Andrews Avenue and East Sunrise Boulevard
  • Northeast 26th Street and North Federal Highway
  • State Road 838 (Sunrise Boulevard) to 1-95

Law Enforcement Resources


Fort Lauderdale Police Department – Rick Maglione is the Chief of Police and was appointed in December 2016. The police department's mission is to promote the safety and community-building  of the city of Fort Lauderdale. It is comprised of a operations bureau, investigative bureau, and a support services bureau. It is located at 1300 West Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.

Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) – The Florida Highway Patrol is a division of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The FHP's goal is to promote and regulate the safety of the highways and roads of the state of Florida. The FHP Director Colonel is Gene Spaulding and currently has 1,946 sworn positions and 529 non-sworn positions. You can locate the FHP at 301 North Olive Avenue on the first floor.

Broward County Sheriff's Office (BSO) – Scott Israel is the appointed sheriff for the Broward County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office has 2,800 certified deputies and 600 fire rescue officials. BSO provides full-time law enforcement services in 16 Broward County cities and towns. You can locate the Broward County Sheriff's Office is located at 2601 West Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.


Court Resources


17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
– The Florida 17th Judicial Circuit Court handles all state and trial courts under general jurisdiction. The Chief Judge is Jack Tuter, and the court is composed of administrative judges, judges, magistrates, and other personnel. You can locate the 17th Judicial Circuit Court at 201 South East 6th Street in Fort Lauderdale.

Supreme Court of Florida – The state's highest court is the Supreme Court of Florida. The Florida Supreme Court is one of the biggest in the nation. As of 2018, there are seven justices and Charles T. Canady is the Chief Justice. You can locate the Supreme Court of Florida at 500 Duval Street in Tallahassee, Florida.

Fourth District Court of Appeals – The Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal handles appeals and extraordinary writ cases. The District Court is comprised of twelve judges who interpret the law in court cases. You can locate the Fourth District Court of Appeals at 110 South Tamarind Avenue, West Palm Beach.

State Attorney – Michael J. Satz is the State Attorney for the 17th Judicial Circuit as of November 1976.  He is the chief prosecuting officer of all criminal trial courts in the 17th Judicial Circuit and shall perform all other duties prescribed by general law. You can locate the State Attorney office at 201 Southeast 6th Street in Suite 665.


Our Practices

Meltzer & Bell, P.A. practices in the areas of driving violations and other traffic-related charges in the Broward County area. Our attorneys are compassionate with clients and aggressive in the courtroom. We want to help you obtain the best possible results. Visit the attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. to have your case evaluated and formulate a sturdy defense today.

  • Reckless Driving
  • Reckless driving with serious bodily injury
  • Careless Driving
  • Driving too slowly
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Fatality related traffic infractions
  • Following too closely
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Passing a school bus
  • Racing on a highway
  • Red light camera tickets
  • DUI
  • Second DUI
  • Third DUI
  • Subsequent DUI
  • DUI with a blood-alcohol level of 1.15
  • DUI checkpoints
  • DUI with marijuana
  • DUI with a minor in the vehicle
  • Out-of-state DUI
  • Commercial DUI
  • Underage DUI
  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Boating under the influence

Additional Resources


Florida Statutes – The Florida statutes are the state laws organized by subject area into a code made up of titles, parts, chapters, and sections. All statutes are updated annually by laws that create, transfer, amend, or repeal statutory material. Visit Florida legislation and see the specifics regarding your charges or traffic violations.


Find a Broward County Attorney for Traffic Offenses 

The Florida legal system is intricate and mistakes can lead to high costs and even possible incarceration. You should be prepared when entering the Florida justice system. If you are facing a traffic violation, it is imperative that you contact a defense attorney at Meltzer & Bell, P.A..

Meltzer & Bell, P.A. approaches each client with a plan and an open ear. We want to work with you to help you obtain the best possible results. The attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. have over 20 years of collective experience at handling Florida law. You want an attorney who is determined and qualified. Our attorneys have exemplified legal excellence such as Steven Bell, one of our managing attorneys. Mr. Bell was selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Attorneys by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense.

Meltzer & Bell, P.A. accepts clients throughout the greater Treasure Coast area, and surrounding communities including West Palm Beach in Palm Beach County, Vero Beach in Indian River County, Stuart in Martin County, Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, and Port St. Lucie in St. Lucie County.

Call (561) 557-8686, or simply submit an online contact form to schedule your free consultation today.


This article was last updated by Jordan Anderson, on July, 23rd 2018.

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