If you have received a citation for a traffic-related infraction or have been charged with a crime, like DUI, then you may have many questions about what the potential impact of being found guilty on your pocketbook, your ability to drive and your freedom. There are many aspects of your life that even a citation for speeding can effect.
A dedicated attorney can not only assist you in understanding the potential impacts of any citation or charge, but also fight the charges, helping you keep a clean driving record and avoid the many serious consequences of citations and convictions, including license suspension or revocation.
Information for Palm Beach County Drivers
At Meltzer & Bell, P.A., “The Traffic Stop,” we aim to keep our clients informed on all potential ramifications after they receive a citation or are arrested for a driving-related offense, including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. We can defend and assist you in any matter, noncriminal or criminal, that you may face behind the wheel, from speeding to vehicular manslaughter.
For noncriminal infractions that do not involve an accident, we have a money-back guarantee — no points, no school or your money back. Certain restrictions apply, and court costs and attorney fees may apply. Call us today at (561) 557-8686 to set up a consultation.
We represent people all over Palm Beach County and Broward County, including in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Delray Beach, Pembroke Pines, Boca Raton, Hollywood, Boynton Beach, Miramar, Wellington, Coral Springs, Palm Beach Gardens, Pompano Beach, Jupiter, Juno Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Greenacres and Belle Glade.
Issues Facing Broward County Drivers After Citations or Arrests
Some of the most common questions people might have when facing any type of traffic infraction include questions about:
- Fines: In most traffic violations, both criminal and noncriminal, there is some kind of fine that will be assessed if you are found guilty or plead guilty or no contest.
- Points: Each traffic moving violation for which you are adjudicated, including speeding, leads to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles assessing points to your record. After a certain number of points within a certain time frame, your license will be suspended.
- Traffic School: For some offenses, you can be required to attend classes for driver improvement.
- License Suspension: After a certain amount of points within a certain timeframe, a failed or refused DUI test or other circumstances in the law, your license is suspended, and it is a criminal offense to drive.
- License Revocation: For more serious matters, your license may be revoked for years or for life.
- Hardship License: If your license has been suspended or revoked, you may qualify for a hardship license to drive for employment-based purposes.
- Habitual Traffic Offender Designation: After a certain number of offenses, you may be designated a habitual traffic offender and your license can be revoked for five years or more.
- Commercial Drivers: For commercial drivers, a bad driving record could mean losing their jobs. Commercial drivers also have higher levels of scrutiny.
- Out of Town Drivers: There are many visitors to the Palm Beach and Broward County areas. If you receive any kind of infraction while driving in either county, it’s important to resolve the matter. A local traffic attorney can help you do that.
- Court Appearances: Some offenses require a court appearance.