Careless driving is governed by Florida Statute §316.1925 which states that, “Any person operating a vehicle upon the streets or highways within the state shall drive the same in a careful and prudent manner, having regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, and all other attendant circumstances, so as not to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person. Failure to drive in such manner shall constitute careless driving and a violation of this section.” Careless driving is a moving violation, punishable by steep fines and the assessment of points on your driver’s license, which can lead to increased insurance rates and the suspension of your driver’s license. Careless driving citations are commonly referred to as the catch-all citation since they are often issued when the police officer can’t find any other specific traffic law violation that seems to fit the charge. In Florida, police officers commonly give a careless driving citation to the driver they believe to be at fault in a car accident. Careless driving citations are particularly common in rear-end accidents where the police officer did not witness the accident and the person who was rear-ended didn’t see what happened or know why the accident happened. Continue reading “Careless Driving vs. Reckless Driving in Florida: What’s the Difference?” »
If you have received a careless driving ticket in Broward or Miami-Dade County, you probably got the ticket due to being involved in an automobile accident where the officer investigating the accident found you to be at fault or the cause of the crash. A careless driving charge in Florida carries a four point penalty against your license. If you pay the ticket outright, these points will be assessed on your license, which will cause your car insurance rates to increase. While paying the ticket may seem like the easiest and most efficient way to resolve the citation, it’s not. Do not pay the ticket outright under any circumstances as careless driving tickets almost always get dismissed in court. To attempt to get your ticket dismissed or to have the best chance at keeping points off your license, the best thing to do is go to court or retain a Miami ticket defense attorney Fort Lauderdale ticket defense attorney or a Miami ticket defense attorney to go to court for you. Continue reading “Careless Driving Ticket in Fort Lauderdale or Miami” »
Q: “Will points on my driver’s license affect my car insurance?”
A: “Yes—so I hope you’ve got a rainy day fund stashed away because your car insurance rates are definitely going to increase.”
You see, insurance companies evaluate risk of future loss by looking at people’s driving records. The more tickets, convictions, and points on your record, the more of a risk the insurance company believes you are and the more they’ll charge you. According to a new analysis of December 2012 car insurance rates, Insure.com found that the average annual car insurance premium for a driver with a clean driving record in Florida was $1,364 a year.[i] Considering that the average Floridian made $40,344 last year, that’s a whopping 3.38% of annual income spent on just car insurance payments![ii] And that’s for a clean driving record! The last thing you want is to have to shell out even more of your hard earned money to your car insurance provider because you got points on your license. Fortunately, if you receive a traffic ticket, you can typically avoid the assessment of points on your license and the associated costly insurance rate increases. Continue reading “How will points on your license affect insurance?” »
Has your driver’s license been suspended? If so, then you absolutely cannot drive until your driving privilege has been reinstated. While not being able to drive may be a huge inconvenience, trust me when I say that it’s not worth the risk of getting caught. If you’re caught driving with a suspended license in Florida, then depending on the circumstances, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony and face jail time, significant fines, and an extension of your driver’s license suspension period or possibly even a revocation of your license. Continue reading “Suspended Driver’s License in Miami or Ft. Lauderdale: What do you do?” »
Yale Galanter represents the Compassionate Care Center of America Foundation Inc. who recently had their plans for a medical marijuana center in Woodbridge, New Jersey approved. Below is an excerpt from an article and a link to the original source.
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If you have gotten a traffic ticket in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, or anywhere in South Florida, you need to contact a Miami traffic ticket attorney or Fort Lauderdale traffic ticket attorney as soon as you can after receiving the ticket. The key to defending the ticket is to avoid getting points on your driving record. If you get too many points on your license within a certain period of time, your license will be suspended.
Hire an experienced Traffic Ticket Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale and Miami
Everyone wants to know: “Should I hire a lawyer when I get a speeding ticket?” The answer to this question is a resounding “Yes!” If you’ve gotten a speeding ticket in South Florida, you’re not alone. Speeding tickets are given out all the time here, especially since many municipalities use giving out tickets as a way to raise revenue and can also require their police officers to write a certain number of tickets each month. If you get a speeding ticket and you don’t handle it properly, you can get points on your license, have to attend traffic school, and pay fines. Today, there are many firms like the South Florida law firm of Galanter Law that will handle your ticket and allow you to avoid all or most of the consequences of not handling a speeding ticket properly. Continue reading “Your Traffic Ticket Lawyer for Fort Lauderdale and Miami” »
Have you been arrested for DUI in South Florida? If so, you’ll need an experienced Fort Lauderdale DUI lawyer like Yale L. Galanter and his team of Miami and Fort Lauderdale DUI defense attorneys to protect your rights and aggressively defend your case. Time is of the essence when it comes to obtaining legal representation for your DUI charge, so it’s critical that you contact us immediately after you are arrested.
You’re going to need an experienced Miami traffic ticket attorney if you’re been issued a Miami-Dade traffic citation for speeding, running a red light, or some other non-criminal moving violation. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ Annual Uniform Traffic Citation Report, 736,610 traffic citations were issued for non-criminal moving violations in Miami-Dade County in 2012.  Most of these ticketed drivers were probably under the (mistaken) impression that getting a traffic citation is no big deal; as such, after receiving their citation and just wanting to “be done with it”, they sent a check for the full amount of the fine to the clerk’s office. However, as discussed in the video above, this is a mistake. When you pay a traffic ticket outright, you are admitting that you are guilty of the violation—not only will you have to pay the full amount of the fine but also points will be automatically assessed on your driver’s license. These points on your license will likely cause your car insurance premiums to increase. And if you accumulate enough points on your license within a designated period of time, your license can be suspended or revoked.
Check out the short video above about driving with a suspended license. As discussed in the video, one of the first things you should do if you get arrested for driving with a suspended license in Florida is figure out why your license was suspended in the first place. There are many reasons why your license can be suspended; however, these are some of the most common reasons: you failed to show up in court; you were convicted of driving under the influence (DUI); or you received too many points on your driver’s license within a designated period of time. In order to get the best advice you want to hire an attorney experienced in traffic ticket defense in Miami, traffic ticket defense in Fort Lauderdale, and traffic ticket defense in Palm Beach. Continue reading “Driving with a Suspended License – Traffic Ticket Defense” »