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St. Lucie County

St. Lucie County is a growing community located along the southeastern region of Florida. The population of St. Lucie is over 250,000 according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau. Its official county is Fort Pierce, also known as Sunrise City. St. Lucie County is a part of the Miami metropolitan area.

The city of Port St. Lucie is growing at a rapid rate. The city has increased over 30 percent in the last ten years due to census statistics. Additionally, several major highways intersect throughout St. Lucie County. With these combined factors, traffic violations and driving offenses are common in St. Lucie County.

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St. Lucie County Attorneys for Traffic Violations, FL

If you have been arrested, ticketed, or charged with a driving violation in the St. Lucie County area, it is important that you make a plan. Help and your plan of defense is a simple phone call away. It is highly advised that you contact a driving violation attorney.

Meltzer & Bell, P.A. is passionate about defending the rights of their clients. Our attorneys are dedicated to our client’s needs and will do what needs to be done to obtain the desired result. Every attorney at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. is respected in the legal community. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. has been admitted into several esteemed law associations such as National Advocacy for DUI Offense, and the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

Be prepared for what’s next. Chart out how you will combat your charges or ticket with Meltzer & Bell, P.A.. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. defends clients from traffic violations throughout the greater St. Lucie County and Martin County area including nearby communities such as Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Pembroke Pines, Port St. Lucie, Pompano Beach, Wellington, and Jupiter.

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Overview for St. Lucie County Traffic Violations in Florida

Common Traffic Violations & DUI Charges

A traffic ticket can result in large fines and appearances in court. If you are charged with a driving offense you may lose your license, pay hefty fines, and even face possible incarceration. When charged with a traffic violation, it is best to stay informed on what comes next.

The following are some common traffic violations that happen in St. Lucie County.

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

DUI Statistics in Florida

Florida residents are familiar with driving under the influence (DUI) arrests and convictions. The rising population and booming tourism business does make DUIs arrests frequent for law enforcement. In 2017, the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles released data surrounding DUI arrests and tickets in the state of Florida. The following is some statistics for DUI offenses in Florida.

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

Major State Roads and Interstates in St. Lucie County

A few major highways intersect the St. Lucie County area. Many people, who are visiting the St. Lucie County Coast or other nearby communities, use these interstates quite frequently. Since tourism is a major industry in Florida, these roadways are often clogged with traffic.

The following are a few major highways in St. Lucie County.

  • The Florida Turnpike (State Road 91 or SR 91)
  • Interstate 95 (I-95)
  • S. Highway 1 (U.S. 1)
  • Florida State Road A1A (SR A1A)
  • State Road 716 (SR 716)
  • State Road 68 (SR 68)
  • State Road 615 (SR 615)
  • State Road 614 (SR 614)
  • State Road 608 (SR 608)
  • State Road 713 (SR 713)
  • State Road 607 (SR 607)

Law Enforcement Resources

Port St. Lucie Police Department – John A. Bolduc is the Police Chief of the Port St. Lucie Police Department. The goal of the police department is to work together with the community to prevent and eliminate the conditions that threatens the community’s right to be secure. You can locate the Port St. Lucie Police Department at 121 S.W. Port St. Lucie Boulevard in Port St. Lucie.

Fort Pierce Police Department – The Police Chief for the Fort Pierce Police Department is Diane Hobley-Burney.  The department is committed to protecting the community, and pledges to exhibit that commitment fairly, impartially, professionally, and within the laws of the State of Florida. You can locate the Fort Pierce Police Department at 100 North U.S. Highway 1.

St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office – The goal for the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office is to protect life and property, and maintain order through continuing commitment to service, integrity, the highest standards of ethics, and respect for individual rights. Ken J. Mascara is the current sheriff for St. Lucie County. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office is located at 4700 West Midway Road in Fort Pierce.

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

19th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
– The Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court, one of 20 circuit courts in Florida, serves the citizens of Indian River County, Martin County, Okeechobee County, and St. Lucie County. Here all trial courts are handled under general jurisdiction. The current Chief Judge is Elizabeth A Metzger. The 19th Judicial Circuit Court is found at 250 North West Country Club Drive in Port St. Lucie, 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.

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.

State Attorney – Bruce Colton is the current State Attorney for the 19th Judicial Circuit of Florida. The State Attorney’s primary duty is to represent the State of Florida in all suits, criminal or civil, in which the State is a party. The State Attorney is charged with the duty of faithfully executing and enforcing the laws of the State of Florida. Bruce Colton’s office can be found at 211 South Second Street in Fort Pierce

Our Practices

Meltzer & Bell, P.A. advocates for clients with all kinds of driving violations and DUI charges along the greater St. Lucie County area. Our attorneys are skilled and experienced in Florida traffic laws. We are ready to do all we can to obtain the results you want. Talk to an attorney at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. regarding your traffic violation case today.

  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Boating under the influence
  • Careless Driving
  • Driving too slowly
  • Reckless Driving
  • Reckless driving with serious bodily injury
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Fatality related traffic infractions
  • 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
  • DUI Second DUI
  • Third DUI
  • Subsequent DUI
  • Following too closely
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Passing a school bus
  • Racing on a highway
  • Red light camera tickets

Additional Resources

Florida Statutes – The Florida statutes are a permanent collection of 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.

Lawyer for Driving Violations in St. Lucie County, FL

It can extremely difficult to navigate the legal system when it comes to traffic violations. Many can lose a lot of cash and even face harsh penalties if they are not properly advised. This is why it is important that you gain legal representation as soon as possible when facing a St. Lucie County driving violation charge or ticket.

Meltzer & Bell, P.A. is a group of established attorneys who are passionate about traffic law in the St. Lucie County area. We are well-versed in Florida driving laws and are dedicated to bringing positive results to our clients. The attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. are equipped with the knowledge and resources to guide you through the Florida courts system with ease. Our attorneys are well respected among the legal community. Attorney Steven Bell, one of our firm founders was selected as one of the Top 100 Attorneys by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense, and was selected as a Rising Stay by Super Lawyers for three consecutive years.

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

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

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