Texting and driving Sarasota florida
She sited me for texting a school zone! It was a Saturday. The ticket is $116
I called clerk office to pay it. They said I might need to go to driving school and were unsure and told me to call DVM.
That was a joke after 30 mins in hold and them looking for statues. She told me the laws were unclear.
She could not advise me. She said only moving violations put points on my license.
So neither the county or the state could help me.
What should I do? Fight the ticket as it was a Saturday? How do I know if I need driving school or if points will accrue? 2 hours on the phone gave me nothing.
Please advise. Thanks kindly.
3 attorney answers
You enjoy the same 3 options that anyone cited in Florida for a non-mandatory court appearance traffic citation enjoys: A) Pay it (in which case you will get points assessed on your driver license); B) Elect driving school (in which case points will NOT be assessed, but you can only do this 5 times in your life and cannot do it 2 times within any 12 month period); or C) Set it for Court and challenge it. In all 3 events you face fines ad court costs on top of what I have outlined, and, regardless of which you choose, in all 3 cases you must make an election within 30 days of issuance of the citation.
That said, in my opinion, the best defense for any traffic citation anywhere is to hire a local traffic ticket lawyer. I can't speak to the Sarasota area per se but in Miami, Fl, where I have been a practicing criminal defense lawyer for 22+ years, for $49-$99 you will get a lawyer who knows the law, the procedure, the Judge and probably the cop. In short you will almost certainly get both competent representation and a better result for a relatively small fee / investment.
I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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It sounds like you have many good arguments for an attorney to work with. Keeping points off of your license can be worth thousands of dollars over the years.
What you need to do is hire a ticket lawyer. Their prices are very reasonable. It appears that you should fight this and request a hearing.
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