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Traffic Violations in Florida are either Civil or Criminal

When a driver is charged with a moving violation, such as speeding, running a stop sign, or running a red light, they will receive a civil ticket that requires a fine to be paid and points will be assessed to their driver's license. Civil infractions do not require physical arrest of the driver if the driver signs the traffic citation. By signing the citation, the driver is promising to either pay the fine or appear in court to contest it. Failure of the driver to sign the citation will lead to their arrest.

A criminal traffic violation is much more serious and results in the driver being charged with possible arrest for a misdemeanor or felony charge.

The following are criminal violations in Florida:

Reckless Driving    0     (Serious Bodily Injury or Property Damage) 4

Fleeing and Attempting to Elude Police 0

Leaving Child Vehicle Unattended (15 minutes or longer) 0

Refusal to Sign a Summons (Subjects Driver to Arrest) 0

Refuse Obey Police/Fire Officers 0

Driving While License Suspended 0

Driving Under the Influence 0

Refusal to Submit to Breath Test 0

Habitual Traffic Offender 0

Leaving the Scene of an Accident 0

No Valid Driver's License 0

Expired Driver's License 0

Racing on a Highway 4

Attaching Tag Not Assigned 0

Expired Vehicle Registration 0

No Valid Registration 0

Unlawful Use of an Identification Card 0

No Motorcycle Endorsement 0

Unlawful Display of a License 0

Permitting an Unauthorized Person to Drive 0

Common Civil Violations and Associated Points

Leaving the scene of a crash resulting in property damage 6

Unlawful speed resulting in a crash 6

Reckless driving, willful and wanton (Criminal Traffic) violations 4

Passing a stopped school bus 4

Unlawful Speed -- in excess of 15 mph of lawful or posted speed 4

Unlawful Speed -- less than 15 mph of lawful or posted speed 3

Violation of Child Restraint Laws 3

All other moving violations (including parking on a highway outside the limits of a

municipality 3

Any moving violation NOT covered above, excluding unlawful speed, resulting in

a crash 4

Any conviction under Florida Litter Law 3

Open Container by Operator 3

Violation of Curfew 3

Driving During Restricted Hours 3

Driving on Sidewalk/Bicycle Path 3

Careless Driving 3

Passing a School Bus 4

Fines are doubled when infractions occur within a school zone or construction zone, with possible civil penalties up to $1,000 and can be required to complete driving school course.

The driver receives the same number of points listed if the conviction occurs out-of-state or in a federal court.

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John P. Rutkowski, Attorney at Law, firm represents clients in the area of driving under the influence, boating under the influence, Criminal & Civil Traffic Offenses. Contact me today for a free telephone consultation.