Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County is the third-most populous county in Florida. It has a population of over a million residents according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Additionally, Palm Beach County is home to West Palm Beach which has a steadily growing population of over 100,000 and an increasing tourism market.

Most Palm Beach County cities are an hour's drive from downtown Miami. Major interstate 95 bisects the city, and Florida's Turnpike passes through the Palm Beach County. In addition to this, state roads and roadways are the main mode of transportation in the Palm Beach County area. All of these factors combined keep Florida law officials on high alert for traffic violations.

Any person, who has been ticketed or charged for a traffic violation in the Palm Beach County area, should contact a defense attorney.

Palm Beach County Attorneys for DUI & Driving Violations in Florida

Palm Beach County is a fast-growing area with a constant flow of commuters and tourists. Florida Highway Patrol and law enforcement are on the search for those violating traffic laws. If you are in need of a driving defense attorney, it is in your best interest to contact an attorney at Meltzer & Bell, P.A..

The attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. are experienced in Florida driving laws. Our attorneys have been defending those accused of traffic violations throughout the Palm Beach County area. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. is dedicated to achieving superior results for our clients. We understand that legal matters can be complex and overwhelming. Let us guide you through this process. Our attorneys have been admitted as members of several well-known law associations such as the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL), and the National Advocacy for DUI Defense.

Partner yourself with a reputable defense attorney.  Our attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. represent clients throughout the greater Palm Beach County and Broward County area and surrounding communities including West Palm Beach, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie, Wellington, and Palm Springs.

Call (561) 557-8686 or simply submit an online contact form to schedule an appointment with a qualified attorney today.

Overview for Palm Beach County Attorneys in Florida


Common DUI & Traffic Violations

Palm Beach County was ranked fifth in the United States driving under the influence (DUI) arrests according to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in 2010. Visitors coming to Palm Beach County are on the rise every day further exacerbating traffic issues. This makes traffic violations and DUI charges are a common occurrence in the Palm Beach County area. 

Some common DUI and driving violations that happen in Palm Beach County area include:

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

DUI Statistics in Florida

Urbanization and an increasing nightlife, have helped lead to DUI convictions being very common for Floridians. The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles released a 2017 report detailing driving under the influence statistics. The following are some statistics for drunk driving in Florida.

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

The Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition recorded statistics for DUIs in the Palm Beach County area specifically. The following are 2013 statistics released by the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition.

  • 4,000 DUI Arrests
  • 51 Fatalities from alcohol-related crashes
  • Underage drinking is 4% higher than the national average.

Major Intersections in West Palm Beach

The city of West Palm Beach is the oldest incorporated municipality in the Miami metropolitan area. Intersections are a hotbed for driving offenses or traffic violations. Local law enforcement is normally present at or very aware of major intersections in West Palm Beach. The following are some major traffic intersections in the city of West Palm Beach.

  • North Military Trail and 45th Street
  • Okeechobee Boulevard and Wabasso Drive
  • North Jog Road and Okeechobee Boulevard
  • Palm Beach Boulevard and Spencer Drive
  • Indian Road and Okeechobee Boulevard

Law Enforcement Resources


West Palm Beach Police Department – The Police Department for West Palm Beach was founded in 1894. The appointed Police Chief is Sarah J. Mooney. The mission of the West Palm Beach police department is to provide a safe place to live, work, and visit in West Palm Beach. You can locate the West Palm police department at 600 Banyan Boulevard, West Palm Beach.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office – Ric Bradshaw is the Sheriff for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department. As of 2017, there are 1,584 sworn law enforcement officials, and 697 sworn corrections officers. The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office offers a youth military program, a juvenile first offender program, and a Junior Explorer program. You can locate the Palm Beach County Sheriff at 3228 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach.

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.


Court Resources

15th Judicial Circuit Court – The Florida 15th Judicial Circuit court handles state courts and trial courts of original jurisdiction. The divisions in the court are probate, county criminal, juvenile, family, domestic violence, county civil, circuit civil, and circuit criminal. There are 54 appointed judges in the 15th Judicial Circuit Court and the Chief Judge is Krista Marx. You can locate the 15th Judicial Circuit Court at 205 North Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach.

Palm Beach County Circuit Civil Court – The Circuit Civil court handles cases that are non-criminal for damages exceeding $15,000. The main courthouse is located in West Palm Beach, at 205 North Dixie Highway.

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.


Our Practices

Meltzer & Bell, P.A. practices all types of traffic-related law in the Palm Beach County area. Our attorneys are knowledgeable in DUIs, traffic violations, and other driving related offenses in Florida. Let Meltzer & Bell, P.A. steer you through stormy legal waters. Visit the attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. to have your case evaluated and formulate a sturdy defense today.

The following are some types of driving violations that the attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. practice.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Driving under suspension
  • Failure to yield
  • Fleeing to Elude
  • Habitual traffic offender
  • Open container
  • Traffic ticket
  • Speeding ticket
  • Texting while driving
  • Handicapped parking

Additional Resources


Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) – Formerly the Florida Department of Public Safety, the FLHSMV is a statutorily established cabinet agency of the Florida government. Their mission is to provide highway safety and security through excellence in service, enforcement, and education.

Florida Jury Instructions – Florida allows the public to access jury instructions. Jury instructions are the set of legal rules that jurors follow when deciding the verdict of a case. View these instructions and see what the jurors will look for regarding the evidence for your case.


Find a Palm Beach County Attorney for DUI Offenses & Traffic Violations

If you have been charged with a driving offense or traffic violation in the greater Palm Beach County area, it is vital that you gain legal representation. The Florida legal system can be difficult to interpret. Find a seasoned defense attorney today with Meltzer & Bell, P.A..

Our attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. have twenty years of combined experience in traffic-related law. We take a proactive approach and guide you on the process every step of the way. It is important to have an attorney who is established in the legal community. One of Meltzer & Bell, P.A.'s managing attorneys, Steven Bell, has been awarded as one of the Top 100 DUI attorneys by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense, and was selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2012-2014.

Meltzer & Bell, P.A. is prepared to go to battle for your rights. The attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. represent clients throughout the 15th Judicial Circuit Court and nearby counties including Port St. Lucie in St. Lucie County, Stuart in Martin County, Vero Beach in Indian River County, Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, and West Palm Beach in Palm Beach County.

Get the results you are looking for. Call (561) 557-8686 today for a free consultation regarding your case.


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

 

 

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