Traffic Offense Defense


Polk County Florida Criminal Defense Firm providing Traffic Violation and Traffic Offense Defense Attorney – Lawyer Legal Services in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Polk County, and the surrounding Central Florida area.


What is Traffic Violation – Traffic Offense?

A Traffic Violation is a generally considered to be an act of non compliance with traffic safety laws. Traffic Violations are often referred to as a Traffic Ticket, Traffic Citation, or Traffic Infraction. Typically Traffic violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Reckless driving;
  • Speeding;
  • Disobeying traffic control devices;
  • Failure to control;
  • Assured clear distance accident (ACDA);
  • Failure to comply;
  • Changing lanes without safety signals;
  • Tailgating;
  • Seatbelt violations;
  • Mechanical violations;
  • Illegal u-turns; or
  • Other unsafe actions while operating a motor vehicle.

When a person receives a traffic ticket violation they often simply pay the ticket and go about their day, not realizing that even a simple traffic ticket can adversely affect his or her life. You will have points against your drivers license, your insurance rates may go up, and additional future ticket could lead to a license suspension or your license being revoked.

A Traffic Offense is generally considered to be an unlawful act relating to the use of a motor vehicle that are considered to be crimes, including, but not limited to:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol;

  • Driving with suspended or revoked license;

  • Violating court approved hardship driving privileges;

  • Reckless driving;

  • Driving with an open container;

  • Having illegal drugs in the vehicle (drug possession, drug trafficking);

  • Leaving the scene of an accident;

  • Illegal street racing;

  • Vehicular Manslaughter.

Traffic Violation – Traffic Offense Conviction Penalties

Depending on the specific traffic offense, criminal traffic offense convictions may range from a Minor Misdemeanor to a Felony in the First Degree. A Minor Misdemeanor could result in one night in county jail (usually as time served), and a Felony in the First Degree could be punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. If the criminal act involves the untimely death of another the Felony in the First Degree conviction penalty may include up to life imprisonment.

Burden of Proof for a Traffic Violation – Traffic Offense Conviction

With traffic tickets that you do not have to appear in court, if you pay the fine before the scheduled court date, the burden of proof is absolutely zero. Paying the fine is automatically your admittance of guilt.

If you represent yourself in traffic court, you have the opportunity to tell your side of the story, however you have a law enforcement officer testifying against you, giving most people a slim chance at best of “beating the ticket”.

Your best option for fighting a traffic violation or a criminal traffic offense is to have professional legal representation in your corner. Your traffic defense attorney will hold the state to it’s burden of proof, question the probable cause to pull you over or search your vehicle, question the calibration of any scientific or mechanical devices that are being used against you in court, present available witnesses for your defense, and offer the court a viable and aggressive defense in an effort to prove your innocence.

For more information regarding the burden of proof relating to traffic violation or traffic offense charges and potential defense strategies that may be available to you, contact our office by calling 863.937.9100.

If a dismissal of your traffic violation or traffic offense charge is not possible, we will ensure you are fully aware of your legal options going forward such negotiating for a plea deal, or in the case of a trial ensure you are fully aware of every aspect regarding defense strategies that may best serve in the defense of the charges against you.

Each traffic offense attorney, lawyer, and staff member in our law firm are ready to assist you in even the most difficult of legal challenges you may be facing. We will aggressively represent your legal needs, interests, and goals regarding your criminal traffic offense charge issues, as well as other misdemeanor and felony criminal defense related legal issues.

If you must address traffic offense charge issues in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Polk County, or the surrounding Central Florida area, speak to an experienced traffic offense attorney – lawyer at Carroll Law Group, P.L. today by calling 863.937.9100.

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